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Rwandan Female Police Officers Scaling Heights Of Policing Career

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May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019: In March 2019, the United Nations expressed its gratitude to a Rwandan Police Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Teddy Ruyenzi, for her outstanding role in UN peacekeeping. ACP Ruyenzi, who is among the top most senior police officers at the rank of ACP, leads a trail-blazing force of 160-strong all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Republic of South Sudan under the United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

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Cressida Dick: The Toughest Parts of my Job as Metropolitan Police Commissioner

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March 2, 2019

March 1, 2019: A century after women first joined the Met, the London force’s first female Commissioner, Cressida Dick, discusses why she loves the job.

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In Pakistan, Female Police Officers Are Rare. This One Quelled A Militant Attack

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January 1, 2019

December 31, 2018: Suhai Aziz Talpur was training to be a police officer, she was ordered to jump off a cliff during an endurance test. She recalls staring seven feet down to the ground. "I said no, I won't jump and break my leg."So her supervisor pushed her.Talpur landed unscathed. Later, her supervisor told her, "The fear is here." Talpur taps her head. "So fight it from here.

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London's Metropolitan Police Celebrates 100 Years of Female Police Officers

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November 25, 2018

November 25, 2018: As the Met celebrates 100 years of female police officers on the streets of London, its first female commissioner, Cressida Dick, has launched the force’s first recruitment drive aimed at women, in an attempt to reach gender parity in the rank and file. There are now 8,000 women in the Met – 27% of the total number of staff.

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Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe On The Modern Day Defence And Security Threats Challenging Africa

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November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: South African entrepreneur and technocrat Sonto Kudjoe, who is a former Director General of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and Ambassador to Egypt from 2006-2010, has a unique understanding of the modern-day defense and security threats challenging the African continent. In a recent interview in Forbes magazine, Ambassador Kudjoe stated that a major challenge for African and global defense is that by its very nature, the defense and security industry has always been and still in many cases remains, male-dominated. Nevertheless, she has been encouraged by signs that women are beginning to increase their numbers in this sector.

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India's All-Female Police Stations Improve Women's Safety

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November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018: Female police officers in India are changing the way violence against women is reported. Opening all-woman police stations (WPS) increased crime reportage by a significant 22% in the world’s most dangerous country for women, according to a June 2018 study. This is because women are more comfortable approaching these stations.

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U.K. Police Study Finds Gender Equality Training Ineffective

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November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018: Many leaders opt for diversity training to counter stereotypes and old-school beliefs that can make it difficult for women to reach their full potential. In the U.K., police were concerned. They had investigated diversity in their large force and discovered that when female officers and staff reflected on their time being pregnant, only 39 percent felt supported by their managers.

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First Woman to Lead Cambridge University’s Private Police Force

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September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018: In April, BRITAIN’S first female bomb disposal expert became the first woman to lead Cambridge university’s private police force.

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Women May Improve Police Forces' Cohesion

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August 21, 2018

When the United Nations and other international players rebuild war-torn countries, they frequently require that women have greater representation in the country’s security forces. But critics of these gender-equity reforms often suggest that women harm the cohesion of the police force.

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Rebels With a Cause

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July 28, 2018

July 28, 2018: A woman is raped every 13 minutes in India. As the situation reaches desperate proportions, one police commissioner thinks there might be an answer. In the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, a new, all-female police squad, mounted on motorbikes, aims to keep women safe on the streets.

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2018 International Association of Women Police International Scholarship Recipient Selected

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June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018: Chair Cindy Shain and members of the IAWP International Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the recipient of the 2018 IAWP International Scholarship, Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, from the Leicestershire Police in the United Kingdom.

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South African Police Service to Empower and Develop Female Police Officers

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June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018:A task team was established on Friday to draft a five-year strategy to empower and develop female police officers at all levels in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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U.S. Female Cops: Fighting for Respect in a ‘Boys Club’ Culture

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May 15, 2018

May 14, 2018: A barbed comment by a soon-to-retire Illinois State Police lieutenant gave Cara Rabe-Hemp both the title and the theme of her new book. Observing that the lieutenant, who had joined the force in the 1980s, was just completing a 25-year career in the policing, Rabe-Hemp asked her, “Do you think anything has slowed you down?” “Policing is a boys’ club,” came the quick reply, “And if you haven’t noticed, I’m not a boy.”

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Head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland Says Women Key to Better Policing

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February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland, discusses her fight against gender discrimination in the police force where she says there are not enough women on the field or in managerial positions, in an interview with euronews reporter Valérie Gauriat.

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Female Foundation Course a Milestone for Afghan Special Police

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February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018: The Afghan General Command of Police Special Units began a special police course designed specifically for female Afghan police officers, the Female Foundation Course at the Special Police Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2018.

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Inclusive Police Forces Effective in Fighting Terrorism

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January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018: Research shows that police can be more effective at preventing terrorism than military forces due to their permanent presence in local communities. To strengthen trust between police and communities, police forces must be representative of the populations they are tasked with protecting. In particular, greater representation of women is needed. Currently, women represent only one percent of Pakistan’s police forces. This gap in the Pakistani security sector remains a challenge to efforts to stabilize the country against terrorist threats.

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Female Police Officers, a Growing Asset in U.S.

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December 30, 2017

December 30, 2017: The sight of a woman in a police uniform is no longer the novelty it once was. For good and valid reasons, police forces have embraced the notion that a diverse workforce strengthens their ability to police the communities they serve.That is encouraging, but as a survey by the Associated Press discloses, woman lead only five of the nation’s 50 biggest police departments. A 2013 survey counted 169 female chiefs out of 1,500 departments.

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Delhi Police to Set up All-Female Motorbike Squad to Tackle Crime Against Women

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November 29, 2017

November 28, 2017: Delhi’s police force has created an all-female motorcycle squad in an attempt to tackle rising crime against women, particularly in the city’s narrow alleyways. The patrol, called Raftaar (Speed), will deploy specially trained female officers on 600 motorbikes from December. They will carry guns, body cameras, pepper spray and stun guns, patrolling crowded, cramped areas of the city in pairs.

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Indian Army to Induct 800 Women Into Military Police

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September 15, 2017

A day after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the country’s first full-time female defence minister, the army on Friday announced that it is giving finishing touches to a proposal for inducting women into the military police.... 

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Police Officers Who Become Mothers Face Barriers

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June 28, 2017

May 8, 2017: After having to repeatedly prove they are as good as their male counterparts, female police officers face a whole new...

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Bringing women on equal footing with men in Kosovo Police

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June 28, 2017

March 3, 2017: Established in partnership with UN Women in Kosovo, the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police trains...

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Cressida Dick Named First Female Head of U.K.'s Metropolitan Police

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June 28, 2017

February 28, 2017: Cressida Dick is to become the first ­female head of the Metropolitan police, completing a remarkable...

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Women police officers in Pakistan – making a more peaceful world

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June 28, 2017

February 13, 2017: the US State Department is planning to spend more than $8 million in 2017 to increase the number...

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23 Women Police Officers Get Training Under Australia Awards Program

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June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: 23 Pakistani women completed leadership and countering gender-based violence training conducted...

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Female Police Defuse Tension in Beirut

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June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: When Mardig Boghossian was elected in May 2016 as the mayor of Burj Hammoud, a north-east district of Beirut...

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Growing Number of Women Leading U.S. Police Departments

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June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: Female police officers tend to use wits over brawn to deescalate potentially violent situations, experts say...

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U.K Police Work to Change Image of "Male, Pale, and Stale"

NEWS
June 28, 2017

January 20, 2017: Police Now, a program which focuses in particular on the recruitment of women and minorities...

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More Women Becoming Chief of Police

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June 28, 2017

January 15, 2017: Op-ed columnist Peter Funt discusses the rise in women selected to head police departments in the U.S.

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Women in peace operations: the unsung champions of human rights

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Today, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1960 shooting of police upon peaceful protestors...

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First woman in senior police role

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June 28, 2017

Nobesuthu Princess Masiye has been promoted to the position of Divisional Commissioner of Visible Policing within the South...

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Women in Police Force Mitigate Gender Based Violence in Nepal

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Peacebuilding and conflict prevention NGO, Saferworld published a report of research findings into the gendered nature...

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Police in Myanmar Trained to Deal with Gender-Based Violence

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June 28, 2017

September 27, 2016: Police in Myanmar are being trained to recognize signs of domestic violence and to understand the...

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‘Policewoman barred from beach by king’ report by Ian Sparks in the UK newspaper Metro, 29th July 2015

NEWS
June 28, 2017

King Salman from Saudi Arabia, on holiday on the French Riviera, did not wish to have women present in his security team...

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ASPI Examines Australia's Approach to Women, Peace, and Security

NEWS
July 8, 2019

July 7, 2019: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has recently published a series of reports examining Australia's approach to providing roles for women in sectors affecting peace and security.

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Aided by a Female Squad Leader, US Soldiers Demonstrate Peacekeeping with Women in Mind

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June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019: Four Arizona National Guardsmen went house to house in a mock village set up on a grassy plain in rural Kazakhstan, searching for an enemy weapons cache.At many of the houses, women acting out the scenario during the Steppe Eagle exercise told the American soldiers that their culture did not allow them to enter unless a female servicemember was present.That’s where this particular squad of guardsmen stood out: Led by the first female infantry squad leader in the Arizona National Guard, Staff Sgt. Jenna Ross, the squad entered and searched the houses for the hidden weapons.

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New Career Comeback Program Launched for Malaysian Women in Cyber Security

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June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019: A new program has been launched in Malaysia to support women in cyber security in returning to work, as shared on Ministry of Communications and Multimedia via Bernama.Known as ‘Empowering Women in Cyber Risk Management’, the program is a career comeback initiative that aims to overcome the talent gap faced by the cyber security industry.

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Sue Black Champions Women in Cybersecurity

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June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019: One of the more compelling keynote speakers to appear at the upcoming Infosecurity Europe 2019 event in London, UK, is indubitably Professor Sue Black, until recently head of department of Computing Sciences at the University of Westminster. Now a full-time technology evangelist, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to technology in 2016.

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Rwandan Female Police Officers Scaling Heights Of Policing Career

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May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019: In March 2019, the United Nations expressed its gratitude to a Rwandan Police Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Teddy Ruyenzi, for her outstanding role in UN peacekeeping. ACP Ruyenzi, who is among the top most senior police officers at the rank of ACP, leads a trail-blazing force of 160-strong all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Republic of South Sudan under the United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel

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May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)

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A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy

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May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.

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Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership

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May 14, 2019

May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.

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Pixar takes on Toxic Masculinity in the Workplace…

NEWS
May 9, 2019

Workplace gender inequality takes many forms, including sexual harassment, open discrimination, and unequal promotion and compensation. This Pixar cartoon, directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, illustrates what happens when a female employee joins an overwhelmingly male work environment…“Purl” is about a pink ball of yarn who joins B.R.O. Capital...

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION....

NEWS
May 7, 2019

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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Pentagon Report Shows Sharp Rise in Military Sexual Assaults

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May 5, 2019

May 5, 2019: The US military is reporting a disturbing spike in the number of active-duty service members who said they’d experienced sexual assault last year, raising questions once again about the military’s handling of misconduct.The Pentagon estimates that about 20,500 service members across the military branches — about 13,000 women and 7,500 men — were sexually assaulted in the 2018 fiscal year, based on data from an anonymous survey that’s compiled by the Department of Defense every two years.

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A Former U.S. Marine Looks Back on Her Life in a Male-Dominated Military

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April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019: The New York Times recently reviewed Anuradha Bhagwati's memoir, "Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience." Her book describes her experience as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, bringing the unique perspective of a South Asian, bisexual woman.

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Women Still Underrepresented in International Peacekeeping Missions

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April 23, 2019

April 22, 2019: Despite greater participation of women in building and sustaining peace and recognition from all quarters for the value they bring, the number of women taking part in peacekeeping operations remains low. According to the United Nations, women represent about 4% of the military peacekeepers and 10% of the police. The lack of women participation was the main subject of discussion at the high-level meeting for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points.

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Over 1,300 Women Gather at Women in CyberSecurity Conference in Pittsburgh

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April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019: The Women in CyberSecurity conference boasted a record high attendance while implementing new activities and programs for participants.

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Women Must be at ‘Centre of Peacekeeping Decision-Making’: UN Chief

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April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said women’s rights, voices and participation must be at “the centre of peacekeeping decision-making”.

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ICAN Lists 10 Steps to Increase Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping and Reduce Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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April 2, 2019

April 1, 2019: The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) recently argued for the importance of women's participation in peacekeeping and laid out 10 steps that would foster increased participation.

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Representation Of Women In The Cybersecurity Workforce Is Recalculated To 20 Percent

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March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019: Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that women will represent more than 20 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce by the end of 2019, compared with fewer than 11% just five years ago.

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Brazilian United Nations Peacekeeper Receives Gender Advocate Award

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March 28, 2019

March 28, 2019: António Guterres will bestow naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, with the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award during the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial conference due to be held at UN Headquarters in New York this Friday.

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Women Becoming U. S. Marines: 'I' Will No Longer Be in Your Vocabulary

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March 28, 2019

March 27, 2019: Women have been training to become Marines for decades, but only since 2016 have they been able to serve in combat roles alongside men. Today, women make up 8 percent of the United States Marine force, the lowest percentage of any military branch

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IBM Just Appointed the First African-American Woman to Command a US Navy Ship to its Board

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March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019: IBM appointed Admiral Michelle J. Howard, the first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, to its board, the company announced recently. A former U.S. Navy officer, Howard was the first woman to become a 4-star admiral in addition to becoming the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, according to IBM’s announcement.

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Spotlight on Women in Cybersecurity

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March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019: Security Boulevard, home of the Security Bloggers Network, recently asked women in cybersecurity three questions.

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The Officer Who Opened the U.S. Navy for Asian-American Women

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March 13, 2019

March 3, 2019: Being an Asian Americans during World War II was not easy. Many Japanese-American families were carted off to internment camps like Manzanar, and even for those who weren’t forcibly relocated, the United States was often a harsh, discriminatory place. Which makes the career of Susan Ahn Cuddy, a trailblazing Korean-American U.S. Navy officer, even more surprising.

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40 Stories From Women About Life in the Military

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March 9, 2019

March 8, 2019: For International Women’s Day, The New York Times asked servicewomen and veterans to send stories that defined their experiences in the military. It was left to them whether to share their accomplishments, the challenges they faced or something unforgettable from their time in the military. The article provides a selection of the more than 650 submissions received.

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RSA Cybersecurity Conference Tries to Rehab Image among Women

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March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019: Sandra Toms has been the chief organizer of the RSA Conference in San Francisco for 21 years, helping to grow it from a meeting of a few hundred mathematicians and cryptographers in the early ’90s to an event attended by more than 40,000 people, including business leaders from around the world. Working behind the scenes of the RSA Conference, hosted by Massachusetts cybersecurity firm RSA, Toms has sometimes struggled to boost the presence of women in security.

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UN’s Special Rep Wants More Women Helping Solve Cyprus Unity

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March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019: Canadian diplomat Elizabeth Spehar, the United Nations Special Representative for Cyprus, said more women should be involved in helping bring reunification to the island divided since an unlawful 1974 invasion that saw Turkey occupy the northern third. The UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is the first mission in the 71-year history of UN peacekeeping to have a woman as the Head of Mission, as well as female leadership in both uniformed components.

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Cressida Dick: The Toughest Parts of my Job as Metropolitan Police Commissioner

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March 2, 2019

March 1, 2019: A century after women first joined the Met, the London force’s first female Commissioner, Cressida Dick, discusses why she loves the job.

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African Women Surmount Obstacles to Redefine Their Countries’ Militaries

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February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019: For hundreds of years, women have played a vital role in African peace and security. They’ve sacrificed in liberation struggles and offered unique skills in peacekeeping operations.

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RAF Engineer Becomes Most Senior Woman to Have Ever Served in Britain's Armed Forces

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February 23, 2019

February 23, 2019: Sue Gray, a Royal Air Force engineer, has been promoted to the rank of Air Marshal.The RAF has appointed its first ever female three-star officer, the most senior woman to have ever served in the British Armed Forces.‍

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The Soldier with a Secret Talent - Ballet

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February 21, 2019

February 20, 2019: Twenty-two-year-old Alex Smith is a serving soldier in the British Army who nearly went into a very different profession - ballet. For two years he kept his talents a secret from his fellow soldiers.

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Ethiopian Government Commits to Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping

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February 13, 2019

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.".

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As a Woman Serving Alongside Green Berets, I Had No Problem Keeping Up. It Wasn’t Enough.

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February 5, 2019

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."

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A ‘Missing Man’ Formation Flown by U.S. Women Pilots, for a Woman

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February 3, 2019

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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Female SANDF Commander Leads Combat Engagement in Sudan

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January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019: A female South African National Defence Force (SANDF) commander taking part in the withdrawal of equipment from the peacekeeping mission in Sudan has led an engagement with local militia.

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Women Working For Peace – The Story Of Ghanian Battalion

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January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019: Women play a vital role in United Nations peacekeeping operations. From conducting patrols, to providing medical assistance and interacting with the communities, UN women peacekeepers not only serve in furthering peace, they also serve as great role models. UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) is one of the peacekeeping missions where currently roughly five per cent of its some 10,300 peacekeepers are women. That is a slight increase from nearly four percent in 2010, and the Mission, mandated by the UN Security Council, is putting added emphasis to bring numbers up.Among UNIFIL’s current 42 troop-contributing countries, and with 105 women in uniform, the Republic of Ghana is leading the way with the highest number of women peacekeepers. This is about 12 per cent of the Ghanaian Battalion’s total strength in UNIFIL.

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CYPRUS: First Time in UN History a Mission and Peace Force is Led by Women

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January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019: When UN chief of mission Elizabeth Spehar, welcomed new commander of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Major General Cheryl Pearce from Australia, it was a landmark in United Nations history. It's the first time that the top three positions in a UN peacekeeping mission - civilian, military and police - have all been held by women.

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How Women Took Over the Military-Industrial Complex

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January 4, 2019

January 3, 2019: For the first time, the nation's defense hierarchy is no longer dominated by men. From the executive leadership of top weapons-makers, to the senior government officials designing and purchasing the nation’s military arsenal, the United States’ national defense hierarchy is, for the first time, largely run by women.

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In Pakistan, Female Police Officers Are Rare. This One Quelled A Militant Attack

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January 1, 2019

December 31, 2018: Suhai Aziz Talpur was training to be a police officer, she was ordered to jump off a cliff during an endurance test. She recalls staring seven feet down to the ground. "I said no, I won't jump and break my leg."So her supervisor pushed her.Talpur landed unscathed. Later, her supervisor told her, "The fear is here." Talpur taps her head. "So fight it from here.

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Switzerland’s Army to be Headed by a Woman for the First Time

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December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018: Viola Amherd, one of two new women joining Switzerland’s seven-member executive team on 1 January 2019, will head the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), a position focused mainly on military matters. This will be the first time the position has been held by a woman, according to RTS.

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U.S. Female Veterans Quietly Struggle With Sexual Harassment, Suicide

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December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018: A work environment tolerant of sexual assault and harassment is believed to be one of the causes of high suicide reates among female veterans, which soared more than 45 percent between 2001 and 2015, according to data from the U.S. department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

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UN Female Police Officer Of 2018 Winner: Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei

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December 7, 2018

December 6, 2018: Chief Superintendent Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei of the Ghanian Police has been named the UN Female Police Officer of the Year 2018, for her peacekeeping efforts as part of the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

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Slovenia is First NATO State to Appoint Female Army Chief

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November 30, 2018

November 29, 2018: Slovenia appointed a female officer as the head of its army on Tuesday, a first for the country and for any NATO member state. Major General Alenka Ermenc, 55, began her duties on Wednesday. She replaces Maj Gen Alan Geder who was in the post for only six months after his predecessor was sacked over the country's armed forces' poor performance during NATO tests

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Former U.S. Marine Says, "Let Women Be Warriors"

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November 27, 2018

November 26, 2018: In a recent NY Times opinion piece, former Marine Teresa Fazio writes that the major impediment to women's success in combat units is not their performance but lack of acceptance by their male counterparts.

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London's Metropolitan Police Celebrates 100 Years of Female Police Officers

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November 25, 2018

November 25, 2018: As the Met celebrates 100 years of female police officers on the streets of London, its first female commissioner, Cressida Dick, has launched the force’s first recruitment drive aimed at women, in an attempt to reach gender parity in the rank and file. There are now 8,000 women in the Met – 27% of the total number of staff.

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The Women Keeping Peace in the Deadliest Place

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November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018: Superintendent Catherine Ugorji is settling in for another 24-hour shift monitoring UN patrols in the troubled Malian city of Gao. This formidable Nigerian policewoman cracks jokes with colleagues from Burkina Faso and Tunisia in fluent French, and scans her computer screen for the evening's planned routes. As a woman, she is a highly unusual presence on the sprawling UN base here, where the prefabricated buildings, mess hall and football field are all full of men. She is one of just 477 female police and military working for Mali's 15,000-strong peacekeeping mission, and the UN would like to recruit more. But the job is a difficult sell.

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Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe On The Modern Day Defence And Security Threats Challenging Africa

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November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: South African entrepreneur and technocrat Sonto Kudjoe, who is a former Director General of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and Ambassador to Egypt from 2006-2010, has a unique understanding of the modern-day defense and security threats challenging the African continent. In a recent interview in Forbes magazine, Ambassador Kudjoe stated that a major challenge for African and global defense is that by its very nature, the defense and security industry has always been and still in many cases remains, male-dominated. Nevertheless, she has been encouraged by signs that women are beginning to increase their numbers in this sector.

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India's All-Female Police Stations Improve Women's Safety

NEWS
November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018: Female police officers in India are changing the way violence against women is reported. Opening all-woman police stations (WPS) increased crime reportage by a significant 22% in the world’s most dangerous country for women, according to a June 2018 study. This is because women are more comfortable approaching these stations.

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A Call for More Women to Serve with United Nations Police

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November 15, 2018

November 14, 2018: More women officers are needed in the United Nations Police to make the organization more efficient and reach the entire population that they serve, a senior UN peacekeeping official recently told the Security Council.

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At Last, Another Female UN Force Commander

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November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently announced the appointment of Australian Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, on promotion to major general, as the next force commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP). It’s a significant decision not only for Australia, but also for the international community.

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U.K. Police Study Finds Gender Equality Training Ineffective

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November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018: Many leaders opt for diversity training to counter stereotypes and old-school beliefs that can make it difficult for women to reach their full potential. In the U.K., police were concerned. They had investigated diversity in their large force and discovered that when female officers and staff reflected on their time being pregnant, only 39 percent felt supported by their managers.

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Why Women, Peace, and Security? Why Now?

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November 6, 2018

November 5, 2018: In many of the world’s most intransigent conflicts, women are mobilized to address the most urgent issues in their communities. Syrian women are negotiating humanitarian relief at the local level and are in the top ranks of the Syrian opposition negotiating team. Women in Central African Republic mediate between local armed groups. Former Central African Republic head of state Madame Catherine Samba-Panza co-chairs a senior level network of African women mediators. In Myanmar, Rohingya women are documenting the crimes carried about by the Tatmadaw and women are negotiating ceasefires in Kachin State.

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All Roles in UK Military to be Open to Women

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October 30, 2018

October 30, 2018: Women will be allowed to apply for all military roles in the British armed forces, including in frontline infantry units and the Royal Marines, the British government has announced.

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Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Named 2018 Cybersecurity Person Of The Year

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October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018: Cybersecurity Ventures announced that Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), has been named its 2018 Cybersecurity Person Of The Year.

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Increasing Female Participation in Peacekeeping Operations

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October 15, 2018

October, 15, 2018: A recent Council on Foreign Relations report has recommended that the U.S. government should support a UN premium for police- and troop-contributing countries to increase the training and deployment of female peacekeepers. Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness and advance stability.

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At UNGA, New Resolution Reiterates Importance of Female Peacekeepers

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October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018: A US-led Security Council resolution focused on improving peacekeepers’ performance was approved on Sept 21, 2018, but is devoid of how the UN will measure such assessments’, according to Passblue, an independent group reporting on the UN.

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Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts

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October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018: U.S. Army Africa collaborates with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field environment meeting congressional, United Nations, and African Union mandates to protect civilians.

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Women’s Roles as UN Peacekeepers: A Status Report

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October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018: Women have historically been underrepresented across the United Nations system, but notably in peacekeeping, one of the most highly visible activities of the world body. And while the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations publishes monthly data on troop- and police-contributing countries, by missions and by gender, the numbers are not easily comprehensible.

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South Sudan’s Women Peacekeepers Tackle the Problems That Men Can’t

NEWS
October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has few women in its ranks – just slightly more than the worldwide average. However, they play an important role in gathering information from the population and helping the local police investigate sexual and gender-based violence.

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SWAN Lawsuit Challenges Barriers to Women in Combat

NEWS
October 5, 2018

October 4, 2018: The Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) recently reported that a U.S. federal judge had denied a Pentagon motion to dismiss SWAN's lawsuit challenging barriers to women's service in combat arms jobs

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Canada’s Elsie Initiative update at United Nations General Assembly

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October 3, 2018

October 2, 2018: On September 26, Chrystia Freeland held a successful Elsie Initiative side event at the United Nations General Assembly. She announced a number of major updates to the Initiative.

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First Woman to Lead Cambridge University’s Private Police Force

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September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018: In April, BRITAIN’S first female bomb disposal expert became the first woman to lead Cambridge university’s private police force.

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Indian Army Women Now Have Permanent Commissions

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September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018: India's Prime Minister Vijay Modi recently announced permanent commission for women officers in armed forces, the last arm of the military to give up resistance to women serving till the age of retirement.

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British Army Fitness Test Becomes Gender and Age Neutral

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September 23, 2018

September 23, 2018: In a new scientific overhaul of basic training, the British Army revealed yesterday that combat training will become “gender and age neutral” - because the enemy does not care what sex or how old a soldier is.

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Tackling Cybersecurity's Gender Problem

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September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018: The cyber security industry’s female workforce is a paltry 8% in the UK (and only 7% in Europe) and they earn on average 15.5% less than their male colleagues. Globally, the percentage of women in the field is just 11%, a number that has remained steady since 2013.This gender imbalance may have serious implications for our safety.

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SANDF Celebrates Women's Day

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September 8, 2018

September 8, 2018: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) today hosted its annual Women’s Day Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop, Pretoria. The event was officiated by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who examined the increasingly prominent role of women in the military.

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Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts

NEWS
August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018: U.S. Army Africa collaborates with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field environment meeting congressional, United Nations, and African Union mandates to protect civilians.

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Women Undergo Testing to Join the Royal Marines

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August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018: Up to 20 women are to compete for combat roles in the Royal Marines for the first time. They will take part in grueling “gender-free” selection tests and be required to meet the same physical standards as men.

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Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling for Women in the U.S. Military

NEWS
August 23, 2018

August 23, 2018: This past week, the U.S. Marine Corps publicly acknowledged a first in its history: First Lieutenant Marina A. Hierl is leading an infantry platoon. She is the first woman to do so in Marine Corps history, a ground-breaking achievement for a military branch that once forcefully opposed allowing women in combat.

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Women May Improve Police Forces' Cohesion

NEWS
August 21, 2018

When the United Nations and other international players rebuild war-torn countries, they frequently require that women have greater representation in the country’s security forces. But critics of these gender-equity reforms often suggest that women harm the cohesion of the police force.

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Rebels With a Cause

NEWS
July 28, 2018

July 28, 2018: A woman is raped every 13 minutes in India. As the situation reaches desperate proportions, one police commissioner thinks there might be an answer. In the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, a new, all-female police squad, mounted on motorbikes, aims to keep women safe on the streets.

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UK to Recruit Female Soldiers from Nepal

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July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018: The Nepali Gurkhas, part of the British Army for more than 200 years, are to recruit their first female soldiers, according to the Sunday Times.

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Mind The Gender Capability Gap

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July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018: It's a strategic blind spot for the Pentagon, but gender and warfare are inextricably intertwined. U.S forces must be trained to face that.

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Finland Has Second Thoughts about its Women Soldiers

NEWS
July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018: Finnish women have been doing voluntary military service since 1995 and this year a record 1,500 applied. But for the first time since the military was opened up to women, the idea has been floated of temporarily excluding them as a way of cutting costs.

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Rwanda to send all-woman peacekeeping force to South Sudan

NEWS
July 10, 2018

July 9, 2018: Rwanda is set to send an all-female formed police unit for deployment in South Sudan under the UN peacekeeping mission, the Rwandan police said Tuesday. The contingent is the first female team to be sent on a foreign mission by the country.

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Canadian Military Panels Should Have Gender Parity, Advocate Says

NEWS
July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018: An advocate for sexual assault survivors is calling on the military to incorporate gender parity on court martial panels, after a five-men panel found a Halifax-based military policeman not guilty of sexually assaulting a female superior officer.

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The Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers

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June 21, 2018

June 20, 2018: There is a shortage of workers in cybersecurity and a shortage of women in tech jobs. New efforts to get girls interested in cybersecurity are aimed at tackling both of those problems.

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2018 International Association of Women Police International Scholarship Recipient Selected

NEWS
June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018: Chair Cindy Shain and members of the IAWP International Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the recipient of the 2018 IAWP International Scholarship, Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, from the Leicestershire Police in the United Kingdom.

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South African Police Service to Empower and Develop Female Police Officers

NEWS
June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018:A task team was established on Friday to draft a five-year strategy to empower and develop female police officers at all levels in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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Ready for Peacekeeping Deployment, with a Gender Lens

NEWS
May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018: Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, has taken part in two very different kinds of UN Peacekeeper trainings. At the UN Staff Officer’s Course in Beijing in 2017, she was the only international woman participant. In April 2018, she travelled to India to participate in the ninth edition of the Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping. The two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

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Sexual Assault Survivors Are Pushing the U.S. Military to Have Its Me Too Moment

NEWS
May 29, 2018

May 28, 2018: Just this past week retired Staff Sgt. Merci McKinley joined Service Women’s Action Network staff and other members on Capitol Hill to talk with Members of Congress about their personal experiences and key issues facing military women due to the Pentagon’s recent release of its annual report on sexual assault in the military. Merci served in the US Army for 13 years and was deployed to Iraq four times. During that time, she was raped by fellow soldiers. Today Merci advises other victims and advocates on their behalf.

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First and Only Female Chemical Engineer in the South African Navy

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May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018: Sub Lieutenant Masego Mosupye is a 27 year-old who joined the South African Navy in December 2012 as a Reserve Force student, while studying at the University of Cape Town.

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U.S. Female Cops: Fighting for Respect in a ‘Boys Club’ Culture

NEWS
May 15, 2018

May 14, 2018: A barbed comment by a soon-to-retire Illinois State Police lieutenant gave Cara Rabe-Hemp both the title and the theme of her new book. Observing that the lieutenant, who had joined the force in the 1980s, was just completing a 25-year career in the policing, Rabe-Hemp asked her, “Do you think anything has slowed you down?” “Policing is a boys’ club,” came the quick reply, “And if you haven’t noticed, I’m not a boy.”

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The Citadel, South Carolina’s Famed Military College, Names First Female Commander

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May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018: Sarah Zorn became the Citadel’s first female regimental commander — in essence, the head of the student body — in a ceremony May 4. The 21-year-old college junior believes that the 175-year-old South Carolina institution that once fought admitting women as if they were an invading army has made its peace with the idea.

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Chilean Navy Opens Military Service to Women

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May 2, 2018

May 1, 2018: For the first time in the history of the Chilean Navy, women joined its voluntary military service. In early April, the Navy welcomed the women who will be part of the institution's first female class.

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Demographics of the U.S. Military

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April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018: Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad. But many civilians are unfamiliar with their composition. How much does the military resemble U.S. society at large?

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Where Are All the U.S. Coast Guard’s Mid-Career Women Going?

NEWS
April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018: The U.S. Coast Guard has had great success with training women. The Coast Guard Academy is nearly 40 percent women, the highest of any military academy. But after 10 and 12 years of service among our female officers there is a loss of nearly 50 percent per year. The Coast Guard commissioned a study to find out why that particular group is atrophying; especially when the service’s other retention rates are so high.

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Why We Need Women in the Military

NEWS
April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018: Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to serve in the military – part of its Vision 2030 economic-reform program – has been widely celebrated as a step forward for gender parity in the notoriously unequal kingdom. In this article, Quratulain Fatima, one of the first women to join the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), discusses her experiences and the hurdles that Saudi women are likely to face as they begin to enlist.

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U.S. Air Force’s First All-Female C-130 Hercules Crew to Fly in Combat

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April 6, 2018

April 5, 2018: On September 26, 2005, six women assigned to the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron under the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, made history and became the first all-female C-130 Hercules crew to fly in combat. More than a decade later, a few members of the group reflected on their experience.

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More U.S. Women Veterans Are Writing Their Own History

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April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018: Under pressure to acknowledge that female service members were often already in combat, the Pentagon officially opened all jobs to women in 2015. Women are now the fastest-growing group in the military, and there are nearly 2 million female veterans in the country.

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Cybersecurity Needs Women

NEWS
March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018: Cybercrime exacerbates inequalities. A million more US women than men had their identities stolen in 2014. And women and girls are more likely than men to be targets of ‘remote sexual abuse’ — coerced into posing nude online or being stalked through the Internet.

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U.S. Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases Annual Report

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March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018: The U.S. Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services released its annual report earlier this month and a large chunk of the recommendations focus on how the military can keep women in the service and keep them from leaving in the middle of their careers.

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Female Afghan Coders Break Gender Barriers in Fight against Opium

NEWS
March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018: A girls-only computer programing school in Herat is empowering girls to learn code as a way to change their lives. The students have created a game, with the intention to raise awareness among the young, which underscores Afghanistan's struggle to eradicate vast opium poppy fields ruled by the Taliban.

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Saudi Women to Serve as Soldiers

NEWS
February 28, 2018

February 27, 2018: Women are to be allowed to serve in Saudi Arabia’s armed forces for the first time after King Salman issued a raft of royal decrees to radically shake up the country’s military, deposing many commanders and chiefs from their posts.

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Head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland Says Women Key to Better Policing

NEWS
February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland, discusses her fight against gender discrimination in the police force where she says there are not enough women on the field or in managerial positions, in an interview with euronews reporter Valérie Gauriat.

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Female Foundation Course a Milestone for Afghan Special Police

NEWS
February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018: The Afghan General Command of Police Special Units began a special police course designed specifically for female Afghan police officers, the Female Foundation Course at the Special Police Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2018.

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U.S. Military Women Set Sights on Congress

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February 15, 2018

February 14, 2018: Women who served in the military are running for elective office in greater numbers than at any time in history. Many broke gender barriers in uniform and say it's time to make their mark in politics.

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Creating a Diverse Security Team

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February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018: Caroline Wong, vice president of security strategy at Cobalt.io, said she has been in the security industry for 12 years and a lack of diversity at events and in the workplace has been a long-standing problem. What is changing, however, is that people are starting to talk about it, she said. And while there are indeed obstacles faced by minorities in the security industry, Wong stressed the importance of hearing about positive experiences from women and minorities in the industry.

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Women Leaders in Cybersecurity

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February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018: A recent study identifies themes in the stories of women leaders in the corporate security field, to better understand the factors that compelled them to enter the field, and the challenges, obstacles, opportunities, and enablers they encountered in reaching the ranks of leadership.

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U.S. Armed Forces and the #MeToo Movement

NEWS
February 1, 2018

February 2, 2018: As American institutions from Hollywood to the mainstream media have looked inward to address their own problems of sexism and misogyny, so has the U.S. Department of Defense. Several recent articles discuss how the #MeToo movement has mobilized action against sexual harassment in the military.

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Inclusive Police Forces Effective in Fighting Terrorism

NEWS
January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018: Research shows that police can be more effective at preventing terrorism than military forces due to their permanent presence in local communities. To strengthen trust between police and communities, police forces must be representative of the populations they are tasked with protecting. In particular, greater representation of women is needed. Currently, women represent only one percent of Pakistan’s police forces. This gap in the Pakistani security sector remains a challenge to efforts to stabilize the country against terrorist threats.

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Interest in Cybersecurity Field Growing Among Young Women

NEWS
January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018: WannaCry, ExPetr and other large-scale cyberattacks that made headlines in 2017 have been putting cybersecurity careers firmly on the radar for young women – a critical change for an industry that is expected to have a shortfall of 1.8 million professionals by 2022, and in which only 11 percent of professionals are currently women.

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Rwandan Female Police Officers Scaling Heights Of Policing Career

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May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019: In March 2019, the United Nations expressed its gratitude to a Rwandan Police Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Teddy Ruyenzi, for her outstanding role in UN peacekeeping. ACP Ruyenzi, who is among the top most senior police officers at the rank of ACP, leads a trail-blazing force of 160-strong all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Republic of South Sudan under the United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

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Cressida Dick: The Toughest Parts of my Job as Metropolitan Police Commissioner

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March 2, 2019

March 1, 2019: A century after women first joined the Met, the London force’s first female Commissioner, Cressida Dick, discusses why she loves the job.

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In Pakistan, Female Police Officers Are Rare. This One Quelled A Militant Attack

NEWS
January 1, 2019

December 31, 2018: Suhai Aziz Talpur was training to be a police officer, she was ordered to jump off a cliff during an endurance test. She recalls staring seven feet down to the ground. "I said no, I won't jump and break my leg."So her supervisor pushed her.Talpur landed unscathed. Later, her supervisor told her, "The fear is here." Talpur taps her head. "So fight it from here.

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London's Metropolitan Police Celebrates 100 Years of Female Police Officers

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November 25, 2018

November 25, 2018: As the Met celebrates 100 years of female police officers on the streets of London, its first female commissioner, Cressida Dick, has launched the force’s first recruitment drive aimed at women, in an attempt to reach gender parity in the rank and file. There are now 8,000 women in the Met – 27% of the total number of staff.

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Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe On The Modern Day Defence And Security Threats Challenging Africa

NEWS
November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: South African entrepreneur and technocrat Sonto Kudjoe, who is a former Director General of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and Ambassador to Egypt from 2006-2010, has a unique understanding of the modern-day defense and security threats challenging the African continent. In a recent interview in Forbes magazine, Ambassador Kudjoe stated that a major challenge for African and global defense is that by its very nature, the defense and security industry has always been and still in many cases remains, male-dominated. Nevertheless, she has been encouraged by signs that women are beginning to increase their numbers in this sector.

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India's All-Female Police Stations Improve Women's Safety

NEWS
November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018: Female police officers in India are changing the way violence against women is reported. Opening all-woman police stations (WPS) increased crime reportage by a significant 22% in the world’s most dangerous country for women, according to a June 2018 study. This is because women are more comfortable approaching these stations.

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U.K. Police Study Finds Gender Equality Training Ineffective

NEWS
November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018: Many leaders opt for diversity training to counter stereotypes and old-school beliefs that can make it difficult for women to reach their full potential. In the U.K., police were concerned. They had investigated diversity in their large force and discovered that when female officers and staff reflected on their time being pregnant, only 39 percent felt supported by their managers.

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First Woman to Lead Cambridge University’s Private Police Force

NEWS
September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018: In April, BRITAIN’S first female bomb disposal expert became the first woman to lead Cambridge university’s private police force.

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Women May Improve Police Forces' Cohesion

NEWS
August 21, 2018

When the United Nations and other international players rebuild war-torn countries, they frequently require that women have greater representation in the country’s security forces. But critics of these gender-equity reforms often suggest that women harm the cohesion of the police force.

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Rebels With a Cause

NEWS
July 28, 2018

July 28, 2018: A woman is raped every 13 minutes in India. As the situation reaches desperate proportions, one police commissioner thinks there might be an answer. In the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, a new, all-female police squad, mounted on motorbikes, aims to keep women safe on the streets.

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2018 International Association of Women Police International Scholarship Recipient Selected

NEWS
June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018: Chair Cindy Shain and members of the IAWP International Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the recipient of the 2018 IAWP International Scholarship, Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, from the Leicestershire Police in the United Kingdom.

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South African Police Service to Empower and Develop Female Police Officers

NEWS
June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018:A task team was established on Friday to draft a five-year strategy to empower and develop female police officers at all levels in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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U.S. Female Cops: Fighting for Respect in a ‘Boys Club’ Culture

NEWS
May 15, 2018

May 14, 2018: A barbed comment by a soon-to-retire Illinois State Police lieutenant gave Cara Rabe-Hemp both the title and the theme of her new book. Observing that the lieutenant, who had joined the force in the 1980s, was just completing a 25-year career in the policing, Rabe-Hemp asked her, “Do you think anything has slowed you down?” “Policing is a boys’ club,” came the quick reply, “And if you haven’t noticed, I’m not a boy.”

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Head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland Says Women Key to Better Policing

NEWS
February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland, discusses her fight against gender discrimination in the police force where she says there are not enough women on the field or in managerial positions, in an interview with euronews reporter Valérie Gauriat.

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Female Foundation Course a Milestone for Afghan Special Police

NEWS
February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018: The Afghan General Command of Police Special Units began a special police course designed specifically for female Afghan police officers, the Female Foundation Course at the Special Police Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2018.

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Inclusive Police Forces Effective in Fighting Terrorism

NEWS
January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018: Research shows that police can be more effective at preventing terrorism than military forces due to their permanent presence in local communities. To strengthen trust between police and communities, police forces must be representative of the populations they are tasked with protecting. In particular, greater representation of women is needed. Currently, women represent only one percent of Pakistan’s police forces. This gap in the Pakistani security sector remains a challenge to efforts to stabilize the country against terrorist threats.

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Female Police Officers, a Growing Asset in U.S.

NEWS
December 30, 2017

December 30, 2017: The sight of a woman in a police uniform is no longer the novelty it once was. For good and valid reasons, police forces have embraced the notion that a diverse workforce strengthens their ability to police the communities they serve.That is encouraging, but as a survey by the Associated Press discloses, woman lead only five of the nation’s 50 biggest police departments. A 2013 survey counted 169 female chiefs out of 1,500 departments.

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Delhi Police to Set up All-Female Motorbike Squad to Tackle Crime Against Women

NEWS
November 29, 2017

November 28, 2017: Delhi’s police force has created an all-female motorcycle squad in an attempt to tackle rising crime against women, particularly in the city’s narrow alleyways. The patrol, called Raftaar (Speed), will deploy specially trained female officers on 600 motorbikes from December. They will carry guns, body cameras, pepper spray and stun guns, patrolling crowded, cramped areas of the city in pairs.

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Indian Army to Induct 800 Women Into Military Police

NEWS
September 15, 2017

A day after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the country’s first full-time female defence minister, the army on Friday announced that it is giving finishing touches to a proposal for inducting women into the military police.... 

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Police Officers Who Become Mothers Face Barriers

NEWS
June 28, 2017

May 8, 2017: After having to repeatedly prove they are as good as their male counterparts, female police officers face a whole new...

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Bringing women on equal footing with men in Kosovo Police

NEWS
June 28, 2017

March 3, 2017: Established in partnership with UN Women in Kosovo, the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police trains...

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Cressida Dick Named First Female Head of U.K.'s Metropolitan Police

NEWS
June 28, 2017

February 28, 2017: Cressida Dick is to become the first ­female head of the Metropolitan police, completing a remarkable...

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Women police officers in Pakistan – making a more peaceful world

NEWS
June 28, 2017

February 13, 2017: the US State Department is planning to spend more than $8 million in 2017 to increase the number...

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23 Women Police Officers Get Training Under Australia Awards Program

NEWS
June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: 23 Pakistani women completed leadership and countering gender-based violence training conducted...

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Female Police Defuse Tension in Beirut

NEWS
June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: When Mardig Boghossian was elected in May 2016 as the mayor of Burj Hammoud, a north-east district of Beirut...

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Growing Number of Women Leading U.S. Police Departments

NEWS
June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: Female police officers tend to use wits over brawn to deescalate potentially violent situations, experts say...

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U.K Police Work to Change Image of "Male, Pale, and Stale"

NEWS
June 28, 2017

January 20, 2017: Police Now, a program which focuses in particular on the recruitment of women and minorities...

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More Women Becoming Chief of Police

NEWS
June 28, 2017

January 15, 2017: Op-ed columnist Peter Funt discusses the rise in women selected to head police departments in the U.S.

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Women in peace operations: the unsung champions of human rights

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Today, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1960 shooting of police upon peaceful protestors...

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First woman in senior police role

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Nobesuthu Princess Masiye has been promoted to the position of Divisional Commissioner of Visible Policing within the South...

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Women in Police Force Mitigate Gender Based Violence in Nepal

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Peacebuilding and conflict prevention NGO, Saferworld published a report of research findings into the gendered nature...

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Police in Myanmar Trained to Deal with Gender-Based Violence

NEWS
June 28, 2017

September 27, 2016: Police in Myanmar are being trained to recognize signs of domestic violence and to understand the...

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‘Policewoman barred from beach by king’ report by Ian Sparks in the UK newspaper Metro, 29th July 2015

NEWS
June 28, 2017

King Salman from Saudi Arabia, on holiday on the French Riviera, did not wish to have women present in his security team...

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ASPI Examines Australia's Approach to Women, Peace, and Security

NEWS
July 8, 2019

July 7, 2019: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has recently published a series of reports examining Australia's approach to providing roles for women in sectors affecting peace and security.

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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel

NEWS
May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)

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A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy

NEWS
May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.

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Pentagon Report Shows Sharp Rise in Military Sexual Assaults

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May 5, 2019

May 5, 2019: The US military is reporting a disturbing spike in the number of active-duty service members who said they’d experienced sexual assault last year, raising questions once again about the military’s handling of misconduct.The Pentagon estimates that about 20,500 service members across the military branches — about 13,000 women and 7,500 men — were sexually assaulted in the 2018 fiscal year, based on data from an anonymous survey that’s compiled by the Department of Defense every two years.

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A Former U.S. Marine Looks Back on Her Life in a Male-Dominated Military

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April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019: The New York Times recently reviewed Anuradha Bhagwati's memoir, "Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience." Her book describes her experience as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, bringing the unique perspective of a South Asian, bisexual woman.

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Women Becoming U. S. Marines: 'I' Will No Longer Be in Your Vocabulary

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March 28, 2019

March 27, 2019: Women have been training to become Marines for decades, but only since 2016 have they been able to serve in combat roles alongside men. Today, women make up 8 percent of the United States Marine force, the lowest percentage of any military branch

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IBM Just Appointed the First African-American Woman to Command a US Navy Ship to its Board

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March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019: IBM appointed Admiral Michelle J. Howard, the first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, to its board, the company announced recently. A former U.S. Navy officer, Howard was the first woman to become a 4-star admiral in addition to becoming the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, according to IBM’s announcement.

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The Officer Who Opened the U.S. Navy for Asian-American Women

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March 13, 2019

March 3, 2019: Being an Asian Americans during World War II was not easy. Many Japanese-American families were carted off to internment camps like Manzanar, and even for those who weren’t forcibly relocated, the United States was often a harsh, discriminatory place. Which makes the career of Susan Ahn Cuddy, a trailblazing Korean-American U.S. Navy officer, even more surprising.

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40 Stories From Women About Life in the Military

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March 9, 2019

March 8, 2019: For International Women’s Day, The New York Times asked servicewomen and veterans to send stories that defined their experiences in the military. It was left to them whether to share their accomplishments, the challenges they faced or something unforgettable from their time in the military. The article provides a selection of the more than 650 submissions received.

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African Women Surmount Obstacles to Redefine Their Countries’ Militaries

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February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019: For hundreds of years, women have played a vital role in African peace and security. They’ve sacrificed in liberation struggles and offered unique skills in peacekeeping operations.

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RAF Engineer Becomes Most Senior Woman to Have Ever Served in Britain's Armed Forces

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February 23, 2019

February 23, 2019: Sue Gray, a Royal Air Force engineer, has been promoted to the rank of Air Marshal.The RAF has appointed its first ever female three-star officer, the most senior woman to have ever served in the British Armed Forces.‍

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The Soldier with a Secret Talent - Ballet

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February 21, 2019

February 20, 2019: Twenty-two-year-old Alex Smith is a serving soldier in the British Army who nearly went into a very different profession - ballet. For two years he kept his talents a secret from his fellow soldiers.

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As a Woman Serving Alongside Green Berets, I Had No Problem Keeping Up. It Wasn’t Enough.

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February 5, 2019

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."

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A ‘Missing Man’ Formation Flown by U.S. Women Pilots, for a Woman

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February 3, 2019

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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How Women Took Over the Military-Industrial Complex

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January 4, 2019

January 3, 2019: For the first time, the nation's defense hierarchy is no longer dominated by men. From the executive leadership of top weapons-makers, to the senior government officials designing and purchasing the nation’s military arsenal, the United States’ national defense hierarchy is, for the first time, largely run by women.

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Switzerland’s Army to be Headed by a Woman for the First Time

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December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018: Viola Amherd, one of two new women joining Switzerland’s seven-member executive team on 1 January 2019, will head the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), a position focused mainly on military matters. This will be the first time the position has been held by a woman, according to RTS.

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U.S. Female Veterans Quietly Struggle With Sexual Harassment, Suicide

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December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018: A work environment tolerant of sexual assault and harassment is believed to be one of the causes of high suicide reates among female veterans, which soared more than 45 percent between 2001 and 2015, according to data from the U.S. department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

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Slovenia is First NATO State to Appoint Female Army Chief

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November 30, 2018

November 29, 2018: Slovenia appointed a female officer as the head of its army on Tuesday, a first for the country and for any NATO member state. Major General Alenka Ermenc, 55, began her duties on Wednesday. She replaces Maj Gen Alan Geder who was in the post for only six months after his predecessor was sacked over the country's armed forces' poor performance during NATO tests

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Former U.S. Marine Says, "Let Women Be Warriors"

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November 27, 2018

November 26, 2018: In a recent NY Times opinion piece, former Marine Teresa Fazio writes that the major impediment to women's success in combat units is not their performance but lack of acceptance by their male counterparts.

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Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe On The Modern Day Defence And Security Threats Challenging Africa

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November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: South African entrepreneur and technocrat Sonto Kudjoe, who is a former Director General of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and Ambassador to Egypt from 2006-2010, has a unique understanding of the modern-day defense and security threats challenging the African continent. In a recent interview in Forbes magazine, Ambassador Kudjoe stated that a major challenge for African and global defense is that by its very nature, the defense and security industry has always been and still in many cases remains, male-dominated. Nevertheless, she has been encouraged by signs that women are beginning to increase their numbers in this sector.

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All Roles in UK Military to be Open to Women

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October 30, 2018

October 30, 2018: Women will be allowed to apply for all military roles in the British armed forces, including in frontline infantry units and the Royal Marines, the British government has announced.

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SWAN Lawsuit Challenges Barriers to Women in Combat

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October 5, 2018

October 4, 2018: The Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) recently reported that a U.S. federal judge had denied a Pentagon motion to dismiss SWAN's lawsuit challenging barriers to women's service in combat arms jobs

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Indian Army Women Now Have Permanent Commissions

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September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018: India's Prime Minister Vijay Modi recently announced permanent commission for women officers in armed forces, the last arm of the military to give up resistance to women serving till the age of retirement.

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British Army Fitness Test Becomes Gender and Age Neutral

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September 23, 2018

September 23, 2018: In a new scientific overhaul of basic training, the British Army revealed yesterday that combat training will become “gender and age neutral” - because the enemy does not care what sex or how old a soldier is.

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SANDF Celebrates Women's Day

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September 8, 2018

September 8, 2018: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) today hosted its annual Women’s Day Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop, Pretoria. The event was officiated by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who examined the increasingly prominent role of women in the military.

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Women Undergo Testing to Join the Royal Marines

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August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018: Up to 20 women are to compete for combat roles in the Royal Marines for the first time. They will take part in grueling “gender-free” selection tests and be required to meet the same physical standards as men.

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Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling for Women in the U.S. Military

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August 23, 2018

August 23, 2018: This past week, the U.S. Marine Corps publicly acknowledged a first in its history: First Lieutenant Marina A. Hierl is leading an infantry platoon. She is the first woman to do so in Marine Corps history, a ground-breaking achievement for a military branch that once forcefully opposed allowing women in combat.

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UK to Recruit Female Soldiers from Nepal

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July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018: The Nepali Gurkhas, part of the British Army for more than 200 years, are to recruit their first female soldiers, according to the Sunday Times.

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Mind The Gender Capability Gap

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July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018: It's a strategic blind spot for the Pentagon, but gender and warfare are inextricably intertwined. U.S forces must be trained to face that.

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Finland Has Second Thoughts about its Women Soldiers

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July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018: Finnish women have been doing voluntary military service since 1995 and this year a record 1,500 applied. But for the first time since the military was opened up to women, the idea has been floated of temporarily excluding them as a way of cutting costs.

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Canadian Military Panels Should Have Gender Parity, Advocate Says

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July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018: An advocate for sexual assault survivors is calling on the military to incorporate gender parity on court martial panels, after a five-men panel found a Halifax-based military policeman not guilty of sexually assaulting a female superior officer.

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Sexual Assault Survivors Are Pushing the U.S. Military to Have Its Me Too Moment

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May 29, 2018

May 28, 2018: Just this past week retired Staff Sgt. Merci McKinley joined Service Women’s Action Network staff and other members on Capitol Hill to talk with Members of Congress about their personal experiences and key issues facing military women due to the Pentagon’s recent release of its annual report on sexual assault in the military. Merci served in the US Army for 13 years and was deployed to Iraq four times. During that time, she was raped by fellow soldiers. Today Merci advises other victims and advocates on their behalf.

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First and Only Female Chemical Engineer in the South African Navy

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May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018: Sub Lieutenant Masego Mosupye is a 27 year-old who joined the South African Navy in December 2012 as a Reserve Force student, while studying at the University of Cape Town.

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The Citadel, South Carolina’s Famed Military College, Names First Female Commander

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May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018: Sarah Zorn became the Citadel’s first female regimental commander — in essence, the head of the student body — in a ceremony May 4. The 21-year-old college junior believes that the 175-year-old South Carolina institution that once fought admitting women as if they were an invading army has made its peace with the idea.

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Chilean Navy Opens Military Service to Women

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May 2, 2018

May 1, 2018: For the first time in the history of the Chilean Navy, women joined its voluntary military service. In early April, the Navy welcomed the women who will be part of the institution's first female class.

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Demographics of the U.S. Military

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April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018: Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad. But many civilians are unfamiliar with their composition. How much does the military resemble U.S. society at large?

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Where Are All the U.S. Coast Guard’s Mid-Career Women Going?

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April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018: The U.S. Coast Guard has had great success with training women. The Coast Guard Academy is nearly 40 percent women, the highest of any military academy. But after 10 and 12 years of service among our female officers there is a loss of nearly 50 percent per year. The Coast Guard commissioned a study to find out why that particular group is atrophying; especially when the service’s other retention rates are so high.

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Why We Need Women in the Military

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April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018: Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to serve in the military – part of its Vision 2030 economic-reform program – has been widely celebrated as a step forward for gender parity in the notoriously unequal kingdom. In this article, Quratulain Fatima, one of the first women to join the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), discusses her experiences and the hurdles that Saudi women are likely to face as they begin to enlist.

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U.S. Air Force’s First All-Female C-130 Hercules Crew to Fly in Combat

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April 6, 2018

April 5, 2018: On September 26, 2005, six women assigned to the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron under the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, made history and became the first all-female C-130 Hercules crew to fly in combat. More than a decade later, a few members of the group reflected on their experience.

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More U.S. Women Veterans Are Writing Their Own History

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April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018: Under pressure to acknowledge that female service members were often already in combat, the Pentagon officially opened all jobs to women in 2015. Women are now the fastest-growing group in the military, and there are nearly 2 million female veterans in the country.

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U.S. Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases Annual Report

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March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018: The U.S. Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services released its annual report earlier this month and a large chunk of the recommendations focus on how the military can keep women in the service and keep them from leaving in the middle of their careers.

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Saudi Women to Serve as Soldiers

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February 28, 2018

February 27, 2018: Women are to be allowed to serve in Saudi Arabia’s armed forces for the first time after King Salman issued a raft of royal decrees to radically shake up the country’s military, deposing many commanders and chiefs from their posts.

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U.S. Military Women Set Sights on Congress

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February 15, 2018

February 14, 2018: Women who served in the military are running for elective office in greater numbers than at any time in history. Many broke gender barriers in uniform and say it's time to make their mark in politics.

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Canadian Armed Forces Pushes for More Women

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January 6, 2018

January 6, 2018: In an effort to increase the number of women in the Canadian Armed Forces, "influencers" such as teachers, guidance counsellors and bloggers were invited to spend two days at the Edmonton Garrison learning what it would be like to join the military.

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Could More Women Soldiers Make the Army Stronger?

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November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017: Only one in 10 members of the UK's armed forces is a woman - as is the case with many of its allies. But could it be that more female soldiers would not only ease a recruitment crisis, but also make the forces stronger?

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Indian Army to Induct 800 Women Into Military Police

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September 15, 2017

A day after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the country’s first full-time female defence minister, the army on Friday announced that it is giving finishing touches to a proposal for inducting women into the military police.... 

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A welcome inclusion in the UK Queen’s Speech

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June 28, 2017

21 June 2017: At the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen announced in the Government’s programme of activity, an Armed Forces Bill which...

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India Will Allow Women in Combat Roles

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June 28, 2017

June 15, 2017: The Indian Army is all set to open up combat positions for women, a gender barrier broken by only a few countries globally.

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Norway Trains World's First All-Female Special Forces Unit

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June 28, 2017

May 8, 2017: Norway has become a world leader in breaking down military gender barriers. Its parliament introduced legislation...

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First Female British Army Officer Bound for Combat

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June 28, 2017

May 2, 2017: An unnamed female soldier will join the Royal Tank Regiment after the Army last year scrapped its ban on women in frontline ground fighting jobs.

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Pew Research Reports on Changing Demographics in U.S. Military

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June 28, 2017

May 2, 2017: A recent report from Pew research provides statistics reflecting changes in the makeup of the U.S. military.

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U.S. Military Service Increases Earnings for Women Across Races

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June 28, 2017

April 4, 2017: Serving in the military can boost women’s future earnings and quash significant racial and ethnic disparities in pay...

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Undoing Sexism in the U.S. Military

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June 28, 2017

March 21, 2017: In the wake of the recent U.S. military scandal where hundreds of current and former Marines posted and...

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Military Officers in UNHQ Signing the UN Women HeforShe Campaign

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June 28, 2017

March 9, 2017: A UN press release features member states who employee more than 10% women officers into UN DPKO missions...

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Female Vietnam Vets "Happier"

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June 28, 2017

February 18, 2017: Research conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health concludes, based on feedback...

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First Enlisted Women Report to U.S. Army Infantry School

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June 28, 2017

February 7, 2017: The Army's infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia, welcomed its first class of 11X basic trainees in early...

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NATO Annual Review on Gender in Military

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June 28, 2017

January 15, 2017: The 2015 Summary of the National Reports of NATO Member and Partner nations to the NATO Committee on...

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Target for Recruitment of Women to UK Defence Forces is 15 percent by 2020

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June 28, 2017

The UK Defence Review+ published on 24th November 2015 cites an intention to recruit at least 15 percent women to the...

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‘Army facing deep cuts to its top brass’ report by Camilla Turner, The UK Telegraph (Expat)

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June 28, 2017

The Command Review within the army, to be implemented by April, calls for a change to the top-heavy imbalance in the armed...

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Will women achieve equality in the US military?

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June 28, 2017

In August 2015, a news story appeared about two women who had graduated from the army’s notoriously tough, gruelling...

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Norway Becomes First NATO Country to Draft Women

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June 28, 2017

Norway has become the first NATO country to conscript women for military service. Out of a group of 10,000 draftees who will...

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Few women show interest in infantry jobs opened to them – US Military

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June 28, 2017

Three years after the Pentagon ordered the military services to prepare to open all ground combat jobs to women, few of them...

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Indian armed forces to recruit women for all combat roles: president

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June 28, 2017

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India will allow women to take up combat roles in all sections of its army,...

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Al-Bab Military Council Creates All Female Batallion to Fight ISIS

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June 28, 2017

November 8, 2016: Al-Bab Military Council announced on Monday the establishment of its first all-female battalion. The two-month-old...

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Israel Expands Combat Roles of Women

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June 28, 2017

December 28, 2016: About 20 years ago, Israel’s military became one of the first world-wide to allow females into some combat...

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Ukrainian Women Fighting on the Frontline

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June 28, 2017

Leaving their families behind, many Ukrainian women are volunteering in the fight against Russian-backed separatists...

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Kabul's Military Academy Trains Women for Combat

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June 28, 2017

December 8, 2016: In Afghanistan, a country where there are few opportunities for women, almost 150 young female recruits...

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U.S. Women Will Not be Required to Register for Draft

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June 28, 2017

December 7, 2016: Shortly after opening combat positions to women in the military, the U.S. Senate voted to require women to...

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Sexual Assault in Canadian Military

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June 28, 2017

December 5, 2016: More than a quarter of women in Canada's military have been the victims of sexual assault according...

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Ukraine's Female Fighters

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June 28, 2017

November 9, 2016: Newsweek magazine reports on the experience of Ukrainian women like Lera Burlakova who has fought...

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British Army Tank Crews Will Include Women in 2017

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June 28, 2017

November 6, 2016: British women will operate tanks for the first time in 2017 and could make up a quarter of next year's...

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Female Soldiers Fight Terrorists in Somalia

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June 28, 2017

October 28, 2016: Approximately 500 women are serving in combat positions within Somalia as part of the Ugandan contingent...

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Sweden to Reinstate Draft, Including Women

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June 28, 2017

October 6, 2016: Sweden has announce plans to bring back a military draft in response to fears of Russian aggression...

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U.S. Army Meets Recruitment Goals as More Women Enlist

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June 28, 2017

September 27, 2016: With women making up 17.5% of Army in 2016 the Army and its Reserve component will meet their...

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More than 10,000 Women in South Korea's Military

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June 28, 2017

September 26, 2016: The number of of women in South Korea's military has been growing rapidly including at the level...

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U.S. Senate bill sets goal to double the number of women in security forces

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June 28, 2017

September 22, 2016: Senators Barbara Boxer (D- CA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced a bill before the...

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U.K. Women Now Allowed to Serve in Close Combat

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June 28, 2017

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that women will no longer be banned from performing combat roles in the...

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U.S. Taking Steps toward Drafting Women

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June 28, 2017

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, in agreement with its counterpart in the House, has recommended requiring women...

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First Woman to Head a U.S. Combatant Command

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June 28, 2017

On April 28 the U.S. Senate confirmed Gen. Lori Robinson to be the first woman to lead a combatant command. She will head...

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Breaking Down Military Fitness Barriers in the UK and Ireland

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June 28, 2017

Armies in both the UK and Ireland are taking steps to make fitness tests less of an obstacle in recruiting and placing women.

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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that all combat roles in the US military will be opened to women: 3 Dec 2015

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June 28, 2017

"America's force of the future," Mr Carter said, must be able to benefit from the "broadest possible pool of talent". The move will...

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Two men charged over rape of female soldier

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June 28, 2017

Two UK former corporals have been charged with the rape of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, a 30-year-old colleague who committed...

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‘Army must do more to retain women’ report by Holly Watt, Whitehall Editor, The UK Telegraph (Expat), Feb 25 – March 3, 2015

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June 28, 2017

At a meeting at Chatham House, Gen Sir Nicholas Carter, the Chief of the General Staff, talked about the importance of the...

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ASPI Examines Australia's Approach to Women, Peace, and Security

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July 8, 2019

July 7, 2019: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has recently published a series of reports examining Australia's approach to providing roles for women in sectors affecting peace and security.

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Aided by a Female Squad Leader, US Soldiers Demonstrate Peacekeeping with Women in Mind

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June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019: Four Arizona National Guardsmen went house to house in a mock village set up on a grassy plain in rural Kazakhstan, searching for an enemy weapons cache.At many of the houses, women acting out the scenario during the Steppe Eagle exercise told the American soldiers that their culture did not allow them to enter unless a female servicemember was present.That’s where this particular squad of guardsmen stood out: Led by the first female infantry squad leader in the Arizona National Guard, Staff Sgt. Jenna Ross, the squad entered and searched the houses for the hidden weapons.

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Rwandan Female Police Officers Scaling Heights Of Policing Career

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May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019: In March 2019, the United Nations expressed its gratitude to a Rwandan Police Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Teddy Ruyenzi, for her outstanding role in UN peacekeeping. ACP Ruyenzi, who is among the top most senior police officers at the rank of ACP, leads a trail-blazing force of 160-strong all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Republic of South Sudan under the United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

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Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership

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May 14, 2019

May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.

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Women Still Underrepresented in International Peacekeeping Missions

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April 23, 2019

April 22, 2019: Despite greater participation of women in building and sustaining peace and recognition from all quarters for the value they bring, the number of women taking part in peacekeeping operations remains low. According to the United Nations, women represent about 4% of the military peacekeepers and 10% of the police. The lack of women participation was the main subject of discussion at the high-level meeting for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points.

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Women Must be at ‘Centre of Peacekeeping Decision-Making’: UN Chief

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April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said women’s rights, voices and participation must be at “the centre of peacekeeping decision-making”.

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ICAN Lists 10 Steps to Increase Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping and Reduce Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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April 2, 2019

April 1, 2019: The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) recently argued for the importance of women's participation in peacekeeping and laid out 10 steps that would foster increased participation.

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Brazilian United Nations Peacekeeper Receives Gender Advocate Award

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March 28, 2019

March 28, 2019: António Guterres will bestow naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, with the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award during the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial conference due to be held at UN Headquarters in New York this Friday.

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UN’s Special Rep Wants More Women Helping Solve Cyprus Unity

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March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019: Canadian diplomat Elizabeth Spehar, the United Nations Special Representative for Cyprus, said more women should be involved in helping bring reunification to the island divided since an unlawful 1974 invasion that saw Turkey occupy the northern third. The UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is the first mission in the 71-year history of UN peacekeeping to have a woman as the Head of Mission, as well as female leadership in both uniformed components.

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African Women Surmount Obstacles to Redefine Their Countries’ Militaries

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February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019: For hundreds of years, women have played a vital role in African peace and security. They’ve sacrificed in liberation struggles and offered unique skills in peacekeeping operations.

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Ethiopian Government Commits to Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping

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February 13, 2019

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.".

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Female SANDF Commander Leads Combat Engagement in Sudan

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January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019: A female South African National Defence Force (SANDF) commander taking part in the withdrawal of equipment from the peacekeeping mission in Sudan has led an engagement with local militia.

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Women Working For Peace – The Story Of Ghanian Battalion

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January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019: Women play a vital role in United Nations peacekeeping operations. From conducting patrols, to providing medical assistance and interacting with the communities, UN women peacekeepers not only serve in furthering peace, they also serve as great role models. UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) is one of the peacekeeping missions where currently roughly five per cent of its some 10,300 peacekeepers are women. That is a slight increase from nearly four percent in 2010, and the Mission, mandated by the UN Security Council, is putting added emphasis to bring numbers up.Among UNIFIL’s current 42 troop-contributing countries, and with 105 women in uniform, the Republic of Ghana is leading the way with the highest number of women peacekeepers. This is about 12 per cent of the Ghanaian Battalion’s total strength in UNIFIL.

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CYPRUS: First Time in UN History a Mission and Peace Force is Led by Women

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January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019: When UN chief of mission Elizabeth Spehar, welcomed new commander of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Major General Cheryl Pearce from Australia, it was a landmark in United Nations history. It's the first time that the top three positions in a UN peacekeeping mission - civilian, military and police - have all been held by women.

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UN Female Police Officer Of 2018 Winner: Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei

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December 7, 2018

December 6, 2018: Chief Superintendent Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei of the Ghanian Police has been named the UN Female Police Officer of the Year 2018, for her peacekeeping efforts as part of the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

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The Women Keeping Peace in the Deadliest Place

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November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018: Superintendent Catherine Ugorji is settling in for another 24-hour shift monitoring UN patrols in the troubled Malian city of Gao. This formidable Nigerian policewoman cracks jokes with colleagues from Burkina Faso and Tunisia in fluent French, and scans her computer screen for the evening's planned routes. As a woman, she is a highly unusual presence on the sprawling UN base here, where the prefabricated buildings, mess hall and football field are all full of men. She is one of just 477 female police and military working for Mali's 15,000-strong peacekeeping mission, and the UN would like to recruit more. But the job is a difficult sell.

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A Call for More Women to Serve with United Nations Police

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November 15, 2018

November 14, 2018: More women officers are needed in the United Nations Police to make the organization more efficient and reach the entire population that they serve, a senior UN peacekeeping official recently told the Security Council.

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At Last, Another Female UN Force Commander

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November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently announced the appointment of Australian Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, on promotion to major general, as the next force commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP). It’s a significant decision not only for Australia, but also for the international community.

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Why Women, Peace, and Security? Why Now?

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November 6, 2018

November 5, 2018: In many of the world’s most intransigent conflicts, women are mobilized to address the most urgent issues in their communities. Syrian women are negotiating humanitarian relief at the local level and are in the top ranks of the Syrian opposition negotiating team. Women in Central African Republic mediate between local armed groups. Former Central African Republic head of state Madame Catherine Samba-Panza co-chairs a senior level network of African women mediators. In Myanmar, Rohingya women are documenting the crimes carried about by the Tatmadaw and women are negotiating ceasefires in Kachin State.

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Increasing Female Participation in Peacekeeping Operations

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October 15, 2018

October, 15, 2018: A recent Council on Foreign Relations report has recommended that the U.S. government should support a UN premium for police- and troop-contributing countries to increase the training and deployment of female peacekeepers. Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness and advance stability.

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At UNGA, New Resolution Reiterates Importance of Female Peacekeepers

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October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018: A US-led Security Council resolution focused on improving peacekeepers’ performance was approved on Sept 21, 2018, but is devoid of how the UN will measure such assessments’, according to Passblue, an independent group reporting on the UN.

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Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts

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October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018: U.S. Army Africa collaborates with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field environment meeting congressional, United Nations, and African Union mandates to protect civilians.

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Women’s Roles as UN Peacekeepers: A Status Report

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October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018: Women have historically been underrepresented across the United Nations system, but notably in peacekeeping, one of the most highly visible activities of the world body. And while the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations publishes monthly data on troop- and police-contributing countries, by missions and by gender, the numbers are not easily comprehensible.

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South Sudan’s Women Peacekeepers Tackle the Problems That Men Can’t

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October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has few women in its ranks – just slightly more than the worldwide average. However, they play an important role in gathering information from the population and helping the local police investigate sexual and gender-based violence.

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Canada’s Elsie Initiative update at United Nations General Assembly

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October 3, 2018

October 2, 2018: On September 26, Chrystia Freeland held a successful Elsie Initiative side event at the United Nations General Assembly. She announced a number of major updates to the Initiative.

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Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts

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August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018: U.S. Army Africa collaborates with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field environment meeting congressional, United Nations, and African Union mandates to protect civilians.

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Finland Has Second Thoughts about its Women Soldiers

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July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018: Finnish women have been doing voluntary military service since 1995 and this year a record 1,500 applied. But for the first time since the military was opened up to women, the idea has been floated of temporarily excluding them as a way of cutting costs.

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Rwanda to send all-woman peacekeeping force to South Sudan

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July 10, 2018

July 9, 2018: Rwanda is set to send an all-female formed police unit for deployment in South Sudan under the UN peacekeeping mission, the Rwandan police said Tuesday. The contingent is the first female team to be sent on a foreign mission by the country.

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Ready for Peacekeeping Deployment, with a Gender Lens

NEWS
May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018: Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, has taken part in two very different kinds of UN Peacekeeper trainings. At the UN Staff Officer’s Course in Beijing in 2017, she was the only international woman participant. In April 2018, she travelled to India to participate in the ninth edition of the Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping. The two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

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Justin Trudeau Introduces Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations

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November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017: On November 15, Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will launch the Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations. Canada will work with the UN and interested member states to develop innovative approaches to overcome the barriers to women’s meaningful participation in peace operations. Canada will pilot these approaches with a small number of countries that share Canada’s ambition.

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Woman Peacekeeper Wins the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award

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November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017: A UN peacekeeper from South Africa was today awarded the United Nations’ Military Gender Advocate of the Year in Vancouver, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, presented the award to Major Seitebatso Pearl Block as part of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial taking place from 14-15 November for her outstanding work on the frontlines of UN peacekeeping.

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Canada to Send More Women to Conflict Zones

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November 6, 2017

November 1, 2017: Canada is stepping up efforts to put gender issues front and centre in conflict zones, including the deployment of more women soldiers on peace support missions, elements of a strategy that will be part of long-awaited peacekeeping initiatives expected in the coming weeks.

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UN Chief Asks All Nations to Sign New Pact Protecting Women

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September 15, 2017

Haunted by accumulating reports of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls by United Nations peacekeepers and others attached to UN missions around the world, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is taking the bold, unprecedented step of asking all governments to sign a compact pledging to prevent and stop these violations.

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Women Peacekeepers in Short Supply

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June 28, 2017

June 21, 2017: Next week, António Guterres will mark six months in what has been called “the most impossible job on earth,” the position of United Nations secretary-general.

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May 29 is International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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June 28, 2017

May 23, 2017: The theme for the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace Around the World.”

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U.S. Efforts to Promote Women, Peace, and Security in Peacekeeping

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June 28, 2017

May 11, 2017: In its official blog, the U.S. Department of State reports on steps taken through the Global Peace Operative...

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Scotland Will Train 200 Women as Peacekeepers

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June 28, 2017

May 2, 2017: Nicola Sturgeon has announced a new Scottish government funding initiative to help train more than 200 women...

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Nepal Leads in Female Peacekeepers

NEWS
June 28, 2017

April 2, 2017: Though many countries have made significant strides in the inclusion of women in peacekeeping and security roles...

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UN Mission in South Sudan Press Briefing on Peacekeeping and Gender Issues

NEWS
June 28, 2017

March 10, 2017: For International Women's Day Ms. Kasumi Nishigaya Head of the UN Mission in Somalia Gender Unit...

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Women in the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon

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June 28, 2017

March 10, 2017: A UN report on peacekeeping missions describes how women are making a difference in the Lebanon mission...

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Celebrating International Women's Day: Changing Role of Women in Peacekeeping

NEWS
June 28, 2017

March 10, 2017: Since 2000, with the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, women’s participation in peacekeeping...

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UN Special Committee: Peacekeeping Missions Must Engage More Women Leaders

NEWS
June 28, 2017

March 5, 2017: The ever-changing international peace and security landscape amid increasing demand for peacekeeping...

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UN Peacekeeping Operations, 18th August 2015

NEWS
June 28, 2017

At an open debate of the UN Security Council on the subject of regional organisations and contemporary global security...

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Women a key part of UN focus on prevention of conflict

NEWS
June 28, 2017

The future of United Nations peace operations: implementation of the recommendations of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations...

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Female Peacekeepers Connect Better with Women and Children

NEWS
June 28, 2017

November 8, 2016: Brigadier General Zewdu Kiros Gebrekidan, an Ethiopian national, was recently appointed as Deputy

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Nigerien peacekeeper presented with inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate Award for her work in Mali

NEWS
June 28, 2017

7 September 2016 – A former United Nations peacekeeper from Niger has been presented with the inaugural UN Military Gender...

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Indonesia to Increase Number of Female Peacekeepers

NEWS
June 28, 2017

October 11, 2016: Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has recently stated that the government is committed...

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AMISOM Commends Female Peacekeepers in Somalia

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June 28, 2017

December 14, 2016: The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) commended its female peacekeepers for their critical...

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Why So Few Female Peacekeepers?

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June 28, 2017

December 31, 2016: Although women are disproportionately affected by war, few are involved in peace and security processes.

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Incoming UN Secretary General Works to Increase Representation of Women

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Although the U.N. champions gender equality worldwide, within its own ranks few women are found in high level positions...

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Training in Kenya boosts deployment of female military officers for peacekeeping

NEWS
June 28, 2017

41 female military officers from 31 countries just completed the fifth edition of the Female Military Officers Course co-organized...

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China Includes Women in Peacekeepers Sent to Sudan

NEWS
June 28, 2017

December 7, 2016: China will deploy an infantry battalion of 700 peacekeepers in South Sudan, including a 13-soldier female...

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Joyce Banda Calls for Greater Female Presence in Peacekeeping

NEWS
June 28, 2017

December 6, 2016: Former Malawian President Joyce Banda called on world leaders at the Rising Global Peace Forum...

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Women Essential in Peacekeeping

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Oct. 17, 2016: Mobina Jaffer, Canadian senator representing British Columbia, writes that Canada must make involvement...

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Stop protecting peacekeepers who rape, Ban Ki-moon tells UN member states

NEWS
June 28, 2017

17th September 2015 UK Guardian Newspaper Interview with the United Nations Secretary General: he urges countries...

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ASPI Examines Australia's Approach to Women, Peace, and Security

NEWS
July 8, 2019

July 7, 2019: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has recently published a series of reports examining Australia's approach to providing roles for women in sectors affecting peace and security.

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Justin Trudeau Introduces Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations

NEWS
November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017: On November 15, Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will launch the Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations. Canada will work with the UN and interested member states to develop innovative approaches to overcome the barriers to women’s meaningful participation in peace operations. Canada will pilot these approaches with a small number of countries that share Canada’s ambition.

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Shaheen's Women, Peace, and Security Act Signed into Law

NEWS
October 17, 2017

On October 6, Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) bipartisan bill, the Women, Peace and Security Act, was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The bill bolsters the role of women in peace negotiations and conflict resolution around the world. Senator Shaheen, the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reintroduced the bill earlier this year with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

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Lack of Women in Peace-Building Processes

NEWS
June 28, 2017

January 15, 2017: Seventeen years after the United Nations passed Resolution 1325, calling for an increased role for women in...

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Saluting Women who make Peace’, WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions), 18th August 2015

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the US Government, was applauded by WAND for her part...

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Women speak out for Peace

NEWS
June 28, 2017

The International Day of Peace is on 21st September.

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Syrian Women Come Together to Fight Oppression

NEWS
June 28, 2017

October 6, 2016: The Committee of Diplomacy of Kongreya Star—a confederation of women’s organizations in Rojava, Syria...

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Concern about the Future of Gender Equality in Foreign Policy

NEWS
June 28, 2017

December 5, 2016: Independent peace and conflict studies research institution PRIO in Oslo, Norway expressed concern...

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Conferences Discuss Women's Beneficial Role in Peace and Security

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June 28, 2017

December 21, 2016: Inclusive Security's December newsletter reports on various conferences highlighting the added value of...

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UK Reports Progress on its National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security

NEWS
June 28, 2017

December 14, 2016: The UK Department for International Development reports on progress made over the past year in delivering...

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From Global Promise to National Action

NEWS
June 28, 2017

December 21, 2016: Since 2010, conflict and displacement have increased around the globe. Today’s wars increasingly...

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NATO Takes Action Against Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

NEWS
June 28, 2017

November 6, 2016: NATO’s Military Guidelines on the Prevention of, and Response to, Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based...

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ASPI Examines Australia's Approach to Women, Peace, and Security

NEWS
July 8, 2019

July 7, 2019: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has recently published a series of reports examining Australia's approach to providing roles for women in sectors affecting peace and security.

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New Career Comeback Program Launched for Malaysian Women in Cyber Security

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June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019: A new program has been launched in Malaysia to support women in cyber security in returning to work, as shared on Ministry of Communications and Multimedia via Bernama.Known as ‘Empowering Women in Cyber Risk Management’, the program is a career comeback initiative that aims to overcome the talent gap faced by the cyber security industry.

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Sue Black Champions Women in Cybersecurity

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June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019: One of the more compelling keynote speakers to appear at the upcoming Infosecurity Europe 2019 event in London, UK, is indubitably Professor Sue Black, until recently head of department of Computing Sciences at the University of Westminster. Now a full-time technology evangelist, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to technology in 2016.

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Over 1,300 Women Gather at Women in CyberSecurity Conference in Pittsburgh

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April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019: The Women in CyberSecurity conference boasted a record high attendance while implementing new activities and programs for participants.

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Representation Of Women In The Cybersecurity Workforce Is Recalculated To 20 Percent

NEWS
March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019: Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that women will represent more than 20 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce by the end of 2019, compared with fewer than 11% just five years ago.

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IBM Just Appointed the First African-American Woman to Command a US Navy Ship to its Board

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March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019: IBM appointed Admiral Michelle J. Howard, the first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, to its board, the company announced recently. A former U.S. Navy officer, Howard was the first woman to become a 4-star admiral in addition to becoming the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, according to IBM’s announcement.

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Spotlight on Women in Cybersecurity

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March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019: Security Boulevard, home of the Security Bloggers Network, recently asked women in cybersecurity three questions.

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RSA Cybersecurity Conference Tries to Rehab Image among Women

NEWS
March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019: Sandra Toms has been the chief organizer of the RSA Conference in San Francisco for 21 years, helping to grow it from a meeting of a few hundred mathematicians and cryptographers in the early ’90s to an event attended by more than 40,000 people, including business leaders from around the world. Working behind the scenes of the RSA Conference, hosted by Massachusetts cybersecurity firm RSA, Toms has sometimes struggled to boost the presence of women in security.

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Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe On The Modern Day Defence And Security Threats Challenging Africa

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November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: South African entrepreneur and technocrat Sonto Kudjoe, who is a former Director General of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and Ambassador to Egypt from 2006-2010, has a unique understanding of the modern-day defense and security threats challenging the African continent. In a recent interview in Forbes magazine, Ambassador Kudjoe stated that a major challenge for African and global defense is that by its very nature, the defense and security industry has always been and still in many cases remains, male-dominated. Nevertheless, she has been encouraged by signs that women are beginning to increase their numbers in this sector.

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Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Named 2018 Cybersecurity Person Of The Year

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October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018: Cybersecurity Ventures announced that Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), has been named its 2018 Cybersecurity Person Of The Year.

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Tackling Cybersecurity's Gender Problem

NEWS
September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018: The cyber security industry’s female workforce is a paltry 8% in the UK (and only 7% in Europe) and they earn on average 15.5% less than their male colleagues. Globally, the percentage of women in the field is just 11%, a number that has remained steady since 2013.This gender imbalance may have serious implications for our safety.

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The Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers

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June 21, 2018

June 20, 2018: There is a shortage of workers in cybersecurity and a shortage of women in tech jobs. New efforts to get girls interested in cybersecurity are aimed at tackling both of those problems.

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Cybersecurity Needs Women

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March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018: Cybercrime exacerbates inequalities. A million more US women than men had their identities stolen in 2014. And women and girls are more likely than men to be targets of ‘remote sexual abuse’ — coerced into posing nude online or being stalked through the Internet.

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Female Afghan Coders Break Gender Barriers in Fight against Opium

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March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018: A girls-only computer programing school in Herat is empowering girls to learn code as a way to change their lives. The students have created a game, with the intention to raise awareness among the young, which underscores Afghanistan's struggle to eradicate vast opium poppy fields ruled by the Taliban.

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Interest in Cybersecurity Field Growing Among Young Women

NEWS
January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018: WannaCry, ExPetr and other large-scale cyberattacks that made headlines in 2017 have been putting cybersecurity careers firmly on the radar for young women – a critical change for an industry that is expected to have a shortfall of 1.8 million professionals by 2022, and in which only 11 percent of professionals are currently women.

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Girl Scouts to Train Next Generation of Cybersecurity, AI, and Robotics Professionals

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December 10, 2017

December 9, 2017: The Girls Scouts are continuing their quest to prepare young women for careers in STEM: On Monday, Girls Scouts of the USA and Raytheon announced the launch of the organization's first national computer science program for middle and high school girls, aiming to prepare students for careers in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and data science.

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Cybersecurity Quest Sends States to Vets, Students, Women

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November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017: Internships for veterans, cyber classes for high school and college students and mentoring programs — aimed especially at middle-school girls — are among the ways states are trying to beef up their cybersecurity ranks. Cybersecurity is the most pressing issue for state information technology officials, as hackers and cybercriminals increasingly take aim at government networks, which contain information such as Social Security, bank account and credit card numbers of millions of people and businesses.

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Beyond 11%: Need for Women Role Models in Cybersecurity

NEWS
November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017: The debates on the skill gap and gender gap in cybersecurity have of late become redundant topics. But both continue to escalate even after significant efforts by several organizations. A study by The Global Information Security Workforce Study from (ISC)² and its Centre for Cyber Safety and Education had revealed that the women only make up to 11 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce. And even here, the 11 percent has been a stagnant figure since 2013.

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Women Cracked Wartime Codes. They Can Fix Tech Today, Too.

NEWS
November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017: Before she died in 2016 at age 94, Ann Caracristi, the first female deputy director of the National Security Agency, liked to reminisce about the absurd stereotypes that women had to contend with back when she entered public service during World War II.

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Terrorism and Gender

NEWS
June 28, 2017

June 7, 2017: As nations grapple with the enormous challenge of protecting against security threats, it’s crucial to grasp the...

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Why Europe Puts Women in Top Defense Roles

NEWS
June 28, 2017

May 19, 2017: At the May 18 meeting of European Union defense ministers all five of the bloc's biggest economies (minus the U.K.) were represented by women.

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‘Why the Wall Street bull sculptor wants the ‘Fearless Girl’ put out to pasture’

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June 28, 2017

“We continue to be grateful to the City of New York and people around the world who have responded so enthusiastically...

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Women Key in Fighting Terrorism

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June 28, 2017

February 18, 2017: Research conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health concludes, based on feedback

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'The real Q is a woman': boss of MI6 makes pitch for female recruits

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June 28, 2017

January 26, 2017: Sir Alex Younger, speaking at Women in IT Awards, says James Bond films give MI6 a global profile...

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Talking Atrocities and Addressing Insecurity, August 2015

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June 28, 2017

At a course held in Kigali, Rwanda last month the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) joined international academics...

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Guterres: Failure to prevent conflict is world’s greatest shortfall

NEWS
June 28, 2017

9th January 2017: The international community's failure to prevent conflicts and promote security is its greatest failing to date...

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Women's Rights Directly Tied to National Security

NEWS
June 28, 2017

December 31, 2016: In a Dec. 26 New York Times op-ed column, Valerie Hudson and Dara Cohen discuss the Trump transition...

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Nigerian Women Play Major Role in Fighting Boko Haram

NEWS
June 28, 2017

Oct. 18, 2016: Terrorist group Boko Haram has gradually lost ground in northeastern Nigeria, thanks to the military and a...

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Buddhist Nuns Learn Kung Fu

NEWS
June 28, 2017

September 19, 2016: His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa, leader of the 1,000 year old Drupka lineage of Buddhism...

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SDGs agreed in principle

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June 28, 2017

At the beginning of August, after eight months of negotiations by member states in New York, an outcome document on the...

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