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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On 12 June, SecurityWomen held its inaugural conference on Women’s Participation in the Security Sector at Guildhall, central London, courtesy of the City of London Corporation and supported by the Canadian Government Defence Engagement Programme. The conference was recorded and is available on the SecurityWomen App: https://securitywomen.supapass.com, available from the App store. You are invited to post comments on the Community Website. The purpose of this exercise is to engage advocates of gender equality from various regions of the world to help communicate global narratives in the key area of Women’s Participation in the Security Sector.
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More Female Peacekeepers Needed in War Zones
October 18, 2019: . Although in 2000 the UN passed Security Council resolution 1325 — which urged countries to in¬crease the participation of women in peace and security efforts — only 3 per cent of the 88,000 uniformed UN personnel currently deployed are women. This is despite the UN’s evidence that having more female peacekeepers makes local populations feel safer and helps reduce conflict and confrontation.
NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Takes Place Today
October 18, 2019: The first all-female spacewalk in NASA's 61-year history is finally happening and will even take place a few days ahead of schedule. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who were initially supposed to venture beyond the International Space Station on Oct. 21, are making their historic excursion today.
An All-Female Delta Team Flew 120 girls to NASA to Get Them Excited about Aviation Careers
October 18, 2019: Delta flies from Salt Lake City to Houston every day, but one recent trip was a little different, packed with girls getting a behind-the-scenes lesson about aviation.The airline took 120 girls between 12 to 18 to NASA's Johnson Space Center last week for International Girls in Aviation Day. The event was designed to encourage more women to enter the male-dominated field, Delta said in a statement.
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South African Exemplar
April 4, 2019: Major Seitebatso Pearl Block from the South African National Defence Force received the accolade of UN female Peacekeeper of the Year in 2017. She is interviewed by SecurityWomen.
The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights is calling for submissions to a report on Gender and Private Military and Security Companies: deadline 28th February 2019
The background to this is that the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the rights of peoples to self-determination is mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC/33/4) to monitor mercenaries, mercenary related activities, and the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs).
UK Armed Forces Recruitment Challenge
The UK Armed Forces is in the midst of a recruitment crisis – they are experiencing the biggest staffing shortfall in a decade. A National Audit Office report (April 2018) found that there is a staffing deficit of 5.7% (8,200 people), and with recruitment running below target the situation is not likely to resolve itself without immediate action.