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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

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Subverting Patriarchal Narratives using Transitional Justice: A South African View

April 13, 2023

Women are often understood to be particularly vulnerable during conflicts, perceived as the non-combatant, civilian collateral damage that comes with war. This is because rape and other forms of sexual violence targeting women (SGBV) feature heavily in war strategy, with evidence to suggest that soldiers have been encouraged to adopt SGBV by their commanding officers in the Russian army in Ukraine, in the Syrian Armed Forces, and in the Mai-Mai militia in the DRC.

Stephanie Wild

The ELSIE Initiative

April 10, 2023

Launched by Canada in 2017, the ELSIE Initiative aims to increase participation of women in peace operations. The Initiative seeks not only to reach gender parity in uniformed roles, but to move beyond a sole focus on numbers, to one focused on ensuring that women have the opportunity to participate in impactful and wide-reaching roles across the security and peacekeeping sectors.

Rebecca Manson

Review of Latest Research in Women, Peace & Security. First Quarter 2023, January - March

April 5, 2023

Security Women reviews the latest quarter of research and new publications related to women in the security sector. First Quarter 2023.

Alice MacLeod

CEDAW applied to the Women Peace and Security Agenda

March 26, 2023

Entering into force in 1981, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) establishes an international bill of rights for women, while also promoting a continued effort to advance equality for women around the world. The rights contained within the convention focus on securing equality and non-discrimination for women across social, political, economic, and cultural spheres. Despite its separation from the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS), CEDAW has the potential to work in conjunction with WPS to affirm the importance of women’s rights in conflict and their participation in peacekeeping and security.

Rebecca Manson

Women in Peace and Security:  A Sri Lankan Perspective

February 23, 2023

The common narrative concerning women and security is that women are a vulnerable group who often require protection. But in truth a different story unfolds: the story of how women were forced to become strong, independent breadwinners for their families

Yumna Azeez

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