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The photo is by Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID. It is of 89 new Rwandan police women in 2010 who arrived at El Fasher (Darfur) to work for UNAMID

The purpose of SecurityWomen is to act as an advocacy organisation for the inclusion of more women in security sector institutions, including the military and police forces. SecurityWomen operates on a global basis.

SecurityWomen aims to highlight news items, academic papers, publications and reports on the subject of Women Peace and Security, and to monitor progress in the development of gender equality in security institutions, in particular, the increase of women in decision-making positions and advances towards a 50:50 gender balance.

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April 26, 2022

Blue on Blue – Investigating Sexual Abuse of Peacekeepers

SecurityWomen welcomes new research published by the InternationalPeace Institute (IPI) looking into the sexual abuse of peacekeepers by those with whom they work along side. It is important to set an international standard of safety and security for serving peacekeepers that will encourage more women to take up careers in these roles.

International Peace Institute (IPI)
March 31, 2022

Saudi Arabia allows women to join Border Guards

Women in Saudi Arabia are to be allowed to join the country’s Border Guards as part of the Interior Ministry’s plan to increase the number of women in government and private sector roles.

The National News
March 26, 2022

Removing Barriers for Women in Law Enforcement in Canada

Superintendent Kara Triance is the first female Officer in Charge at the Kelowna Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment. SecurityWomen supports women like Kara and the work they do for gender diversity.

March 24, 2022

Two Women’s Experience of UK Policing

Sisters Torie Harrison and Georgie Watts both serve as police officers in Northamptonshire. SecurityWomen hopes that female role models like these sisters will encourage more women and girls to make a career in policing.

March 21, 2022

Conflict in Ukraine

The EU and North American Civil Society Women’s Alliance Caucus Statement on Ukraine: At a time when the world is facing manifold challenges including rapid climate change, health pandemics, conflict, violence against women and girls, is it not time for humanity to shake off the lethargy that prevents substantive positive change and declare it is time to stop?

February 16, 2022

Ukrainian women to be conscripted as the country faces Russian forces

Ukraine’s MoD has expanded the pool of Ukrainian women who are required to register for possible military conscription in the event of a major war.

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The British Army still has a long way to go towards eliminating sexual harassment of all service personnel

April 26, 2022

Reflecting on the results of a recent government survey looking into the experiences and perceptions of sexual harassment in the armed forces.

Alice MacLeod

2022 needs to be the year when UK police rebuild trust with the public

March 14, 2022

2021 was a watershed year for UK police services in particular the London Met. British policing needs regain the trust of women whose experiences of sexual and domestic abuse have been dismissed or belittled. The way in which key initiatives are implemented in 2022 will be critical for restoring the public’s trust in the police.

Caroline Pinder

Prioritizing power over people: the sexual violence epidemic in the US military

February 6, 2022

This article examines the policy reforms and shortcomings within the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022.

Caroline Kinsella

The US Needs a Revised Strategy on Women, Peace and Security post Trump

December 9, 2021

Tracing a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) strategy over the last three United States (US) administrations reveals a complicated web of priorities, dispersed responsibilities and inconclusive outcomes.

Caroline Kinsella

A Look at Norway’s Approach to Gender-Neutral Conscription

October 22, 2021

In 2015, Norway became the first NATO member and the first European country to introduce compulsory military service for both men and women. Since then, the percentage of women in the Norwegian armed forces has been steadily rising. In 2020, 33% of people who completed the initial compulsory military service were women. However, only a small percentage goes on to seek a career within the armed forces. Contemporary academic literature points to possible reasons for this, central among these are statistics of sexual harassment and bullying within the forces. This article will take a look at the Norwegian forces’ approach to compulsory military service.

Mari Maldal

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