Launch of Global Alliance of Regional Women Mediator Networks at UN Headquarters in New York
October 7, 2019: The Global Alliance of Regional Women Mediator Networks was launched on 26 September. The regional networks of women mediators seek to enhance women's meaningful participation and influence in peace processes at all levels. By launching a global alliance these regional networks aim to ensure strengthened cooperation and coordination as well as embodying a collective voice, while maintaining their respective independence and characteristics. The launch is a recognition of the obstacles facing women mediators that are still to be overcome. A UN study has found that only two per cent of chief mediators, nine percent of negotiators, and four percent of signatories were women in all major peace processes between 1990 and 2017.
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More Female Peacekeepers Needed in War Zones
October 18, 2019: . Although in 2000 the UN passed Security Council resolution 1325 — which urged countries to in¬crease the participation of women in peace and security efforts — only 3 per cent of the 88,000 uniformed UN personnel currently deployed are women. This is despite the UN’s evidence that having more female peacekeepers makes local populations feel safer and helps reduce conflict and confrontation.
NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Takes Place Today
October 18, 2019: The first all-female spacewalk in NASA's 61-year history is finally happening and will even take place a few days ahead of schedule. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who were initially supposed to venture beyond the International Space Station on Oct. 21, are making their historic excursion today.
An All-Female Delta Team Flew 120 girls to NASA to Get Them Excited about Aviation Careers
October 18, 2019: Delta flies from Salt Lake City to Houston every day, but one recent trip was a little different, packed with girls getting a behind-the-scenes lesson about aviation.The airline took 120 girls between 12 to 18 to NASA's Johnson Space Center last week for International Girls in Aviation Day. The event was designed to encourage more women to enter the male-dominated field, Delta said in a statement.