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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Ready for Peacekeeping Deployment, with a Gender Lens

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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NATO Annual Report on Gender Perspectives in Allied Armed Forces

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December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017: The third edition of the Summary of the national reports to the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) is a digest of the statistics and progress made, in 2016, by the 28 NATO members and 13 partners on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

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Gender Gap in India's Internet Usage

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December 19, 2017

December 18, 2017: The internet in India has a serious gender problem. Just 29% of all internet users in the country are female, according to a report (pdf) by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The 42 percentage point “digital gender gap” among internet users in India is far more extreme than the global divide. Across the world, 56% of all internet users were men in 2017, compared to 44% 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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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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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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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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History Making 20 Year Old West Point Woman Named Rhodes Scholar

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November 26, 2017

November 26, 2017: At just 20 years old, Simone Askew has already made history. In August, she became the first African-American woman to hold the position of First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy's Corps of Cadets. Now, the Fairfax, Virginia native is upping her accomplishments after recently being named a Rhodes Scholar.

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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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Beyond 11%: Need for Women Role Models in Cybersecurity

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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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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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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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Women's Advancement in Public Life Focus of Ottawa Meeting

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November 7, 2017

November 3, 2017: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Christine Muttonen (Austria) is in Ottawa where she met yesterday with OSCE PA Special Representative on Gender Issues Hedy Fry (Canada) for discussions on the promotion of women’s leadership in the OSCE, its Parliamentary Assembly and within national parliaments.

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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 Peacekeeping: Where is the Gender Expertise?

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October 31, 2017

October 27, 2017: The United Nations is in a series of peace and security restructuring and management reforms aimed at improving the organization’s response to prevention and conflict. In the midst of these complex and highly political reforms, as the UN Security Council meets today to discuss Women, Peace and Security (WPS), and as Canada prepares to host a high-level summit on peacekeeping, questions remain as to how gender expertise and analysis can be qualitatively improved within UN peace operations.

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Expanding Women’s Leadership Requires Changing Masculinities

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October 27, 2017

On 25 October, women leaders and experts gathered at the UN Headquarters to discuss issues of masculinities, violence against women, and women’s participation in peace and justice in transitional societies.

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Women and War: After Afghanistan There's a Chance to Deploy Women Led Approaches to Conflict

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October 20, 2017

In this article British Royal Navy veteran Hannah West reflects on the impact of a male-dominated hierarchy on military culture and whether a more "feminised" approach could lead to better conflict resolution.

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

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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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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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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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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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Terrorism and Gender

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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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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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Why Europe Puts Women in Top Defense Roles

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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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Nepal Leads in Female Peacekeepers

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

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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

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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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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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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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UN Special Committee: Peacekeeping Missions Must Engage More Women Leaders

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June 28, 2017

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

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

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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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Lack of Women in Peace-Building Processes

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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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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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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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UN Peacekeeping Operations, 18th August 2015

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

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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 a key part of UN focus on prevention of conflict

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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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Women speak out for Peace

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June 28, 2017

The International Day of Peace is on 21st September.

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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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Women in peace operations: the unsung champions of human rights

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June 28, 2017

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

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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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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"

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

NEWS
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)

NEWS
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?

NEWS
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

NEWS
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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

NEWS
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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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

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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