Women In Security
Calling for women’s inclusion in security sector reform
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.
SecurityWomen recognises that goals in the post 2015 development agenda, which aim to eradicate poverty and prevent environmental degradation, require progress towards a more peaceful world in which gender equality is an essential component. No development can take place where there is conflict. SecurityWomenraises awareness of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building. National Action Plans (NAPs) are the means to bring about action in this sphere, and SecurityWomen highlights best practice examples in how to develop comprehensive and meaningful NAPs.
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Tackling Cybersecurity's Gender Problem
September 14, 2018: The cyber security industry’s female workforce is a paltry 8% in the UK (and only 7% in Europe) and they earn on average 15.5% less than their male colleagues. Globally, the percentage of women in the field is just 11%, a number that has remained steady since 2013.This gender imbalance may have serious implications for our safety.
SANDF Celebrates Women's Day
September 8, 2018: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) today hosted its annual Women’s Day Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop, Pretoria. The event was officiated by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who examined the increasingly prominent role of women in the military.
Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts
August 28, 2018: U.S. Army Africa collaborates with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field environment meeting congressional, United Nations, and African Union mandates to protect civilians.
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U.S. Army Must Revoke Policies Detrimental to Women
September 3, 2018: In a message to members of the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), CEO Lydia C. Watts sets forth current policies creating obstacles to equality for women in the U.S. Armed Services.
The Afghan Policewomen Taking on the Taliban
March 17, 2014: The face of the Afghan National Police (ANP) is changing. More and more women are being recruited to take on the fight against insurgents when NATO forces withdraw in December this year. Their brief is to do the jobs that men can't – in the segregated, strictly religious world of Afghanistan, women can be searched only by women. The Taliban has exploited this in a string of attacks in which men have dressed as women to conceal weapons or to gain entry.
$1.7 Trillion Global Spending on Military in 2017: Highest since End of Cold War
June 8, 2018: According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in total, countries around the world spent $ 1.739 billion on arms in 2017. Although there was a marginal increase of 1.1 percent rise in real terms on 2016, the total global spending in 2017 is the highest since the end of the cold war.