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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Ethiopian Government Commits to Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping
February 13, 2019: The Ethiopian government has vowed to enhance women’s participation in the military, police and the civilian services of the United Nations Peacekeeping. Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, speaking at the opening of a two-day Preparatory Meeting on Women, Peace and Security with the Canada authorities and the United Nations (UN) in Addis Ababa recently, stated that, “Ethiopia welcomes the progress made in mainstreaming, the agenda perspective in the works of the UN.".
As a Woman Serving Alongside Green Berets, I Had No Problem Keeping Up. It Wasn’t Enough.
February 5, 2019: In a recent NY Times story, Former Army Captain Jackie Munn describes her varying experiences working with two teams of Green Berets in Afghanistan and the implications for women's success in combat units. She writes, "As a woman who had worked in Afghanistan alongside two teams of Green Berets — one open-minded and mission-oriented, the other prone to sexism and insularity — my success had been dependent on whether I was supported and respected by my male colleagues."
A ‘Missing Man’ Formation Flown by U.S. Women Pilots, for a Woman
February 3, 2019: Saturday afternoon, in the skies over Maynardville, Tenn., four F/A-18E/F Super Hornets streaked by in close formation, one jet peeling off and climbing into the heavens in an aerial salute to a fallen naval aviator. According to the Navy, it was the first time the “missing man” formation will be flown entirely by women.
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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.
Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations: Baseline Study
November 5, 2018: The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) recently reported the results of a study commissioned by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) on female police and military peacekeepers. An abstract of the study follows: The proportion of female police and military peacekeepers remains well below UN targets. Research suggests that the main reason behind the small numbers seems to be a variety of challenges and barriers to uniformed women deploying to PKOs. This baseline study compiles and analyses research published to date on the topic.