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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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The US Needs a Revised Strategy on Women, Peace and Security post Trump

December 9, 2021

Tracing a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) strategy over the last three United States (US) administrations reveals a complicated web of priorities, dispersed responsibilities and inconclusive outcomes.

Caroline Kinsella

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

Juliet Colman

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

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