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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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August 4, 2020

'Hire more women' has been touted as a quick fix to police brutality since Rodney King. Here's why empty calls for equality fail.

Gender discrimination laws don't stop women from being tokenized and harassed.

ABC News
July 29, 2020

Remote Work Could Help Cybersecurity’s Diversity Problem – But Will It?

Job market data from the second quarter suggests there are increasing opportunities for women and minorities in the world of remote work, but long-standing biases may provide resistance.

July 20, 2020

UN Women and Women 20 call on G20 members to Recognize Women as Drivers of Economic Recovery and Resilience during COVID-19 and Beyond

Amidst a COVID-19 pandemic that is expected to cause an unprecedented global economic downturn, UN Women, the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and Women 20 (W20), the official G20 engagement group on women, today called on G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to put women at the heart of recovery efforts.

UN Women, Women 20
July 17, 2020

First Female Commander of 1st Special Operations Wing Says 'There are No Barriers'

Colonel Jocelyn Schermerhorn has been named the first female commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, the most-deployed wing in the U.S. Air Force.
July 13, 2020

A #MeToo Moment Emerges for Military Women After Soldier’s Killing

Women in the military say the horrific killing of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen has swept the United States, galvanizing even civilians to the cause.

New York Times
July 6, 2020

Stalled Security Council Resolution Adopted, Backing UN’s Global Humanitarian Ceasefire Call

UN Secretary-General António Guterres first appealed for a global ceasefire on 23 March in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. Security Women supported the UN Sec General’s call for a global ceasefire and we welcome the news that the UN Security Council has now passed a resolution supporting this.


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Challenging the Silos: Synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

May 29, 2020

Andrea Tuemmler

Can Women Make a Difference?

May 19, 2020

In this article, contrasts are made on considerations of gender in the 5-year plans of South Africa's Department of Defence (DOD) and the South African Police Service (SAPS)

by Juliet Colman

‘Be a Force for All’ Recruitment Campaign: the questions we should be asking….

April 8, 2020

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom is organised separately in each of the legal systems of the United Kingdom: England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Most law enforcement is carried out by police officers serving in regional police services (known as territorial police forces) within one of those jurisdictions. These regional services are complemented by UK-wide agencies, such as the National Crime Agency and the national specialist units of certain territorial police forces, such as the Specialist Operations directorate of the Metropolitan Police.

By Claudia Wace

Empathetic Leadership – a Female Super Power

February 25, 2020

As we enter a new year and decade, let us celebrate women by recognizing a special skill that many women have received informal training in, yet do not receive enough credit for. I am referring to empathy, and it is nothing short of a super power that can transform relationships, teams and organizations.

By Roza Bicer

United States Strategy on Women Peace and Security Underestimates Women's Agency

November 12, 2019

The recent United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security is a promising first step in implementing the world’s first domestic legislation on the global Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda. Because the Strategy does not go far enough in recognizing women’s agency and participation in security services, we recommend that the departments tasked with implementation of the Strategy pay close attention to: • Recognizing existing women’s advocacy and participation in security and peacebuilding; • Analyzing differences in women’s experiences of conflict and intersecting identities;• Avoiding a narrative that focuses only on women’s victimization; and • Supporting women who are already participating in security services.

By Andrea Tuemmler

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