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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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December 1, 2021

The U.S. Military’s Broken Culture Around Sexual Violence and Suicide

A recent New York Times column examines the U.S. military’s high rate of suicides and its possible connection with deficiencies in prevention of and response to sexual assault.

New York Times
November 25, 2021

SecurityWomen supports 30th anniversary of 16 Days of Activism

As 2021 is the 30th anniversary of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, it is a good time to reflect on what has been its impact both at national and international levels.

November 10, 2021

Decade-old Kenyan murder prompts further enquiry into the treatment of Women by the UK military.

The surfacing of a crime from 2012 has produced many questions about the treatment of women by the UK military. 21-year-old mother, Agnes Wanjiru, was murdered by British soldiers and left in a septic tank in Kenya nearly a decade ago. It is suspected that issues over diplomatic relations meant the crime was kept quiet but was treated as an open secret within the Army regiment for years.

October 29, 2021

Resolution 1325 comes of age, but what has it achieved?

This weekend sees Resolution 1325 coming of age. 1325 was passed unanimously by the UN Security Council on 31 October 2000. It is the corner stone of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, recognising the disproportionate impact conflict has on women and girls.

October 26, 2021

Breaking the cycle of conflict, climate disasters and gender inequality depends on women being at the heart of COP26’s agenda.

The upcoming COP26 agenda provides a great opportunity to address violence against women and girls if gender equality is placed at the heart of the climate change agenda.

October 15, 2021

More success for the UN's 'Means to Lead' Programme

Multi-Purpose Women's Centres educate and inform women on their rights, security and gender equality. Jesmin Aktar's story is just one success of these service centres.

UN Women

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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

Confronting Sexual Harassment and Abuse within SANDF

October 11, 2021

Ministerial Report Addresses Sexual Harassment and Abuse across South Africa's National Defence Force.

Lydia Walker

Report of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

October 6, 2021

This is the published report of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries as a means of violating Human Rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self determination

Sexual Harassment in the UK Armed Forces

September 4, 2021

This article analyses the findings from recent parliamentary and governmental reports investigating the prevalence of sexual harassment in the UK Armed Forces.

Lydia Walker

UN Peacekeepers Conference

June 24, 2021

On 27 May 2021 RUSI, UNA-UK and the UNA Westminster Branch held the annual International Day of the UN Peacekeepers Conference: Enhancing the UK Contribution to Peacekeeping.

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