Global women peacebuilders need on-the-ground funding, say UN experts

Global women peacebuilders need on-the-ground funding, say UN experts

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations New York, U.S., AMERICAS: Women are crucial partners in peacebuilding and must be guaranteed the safe political space, including a seat at the “negotiating table,” to participate in all steps of post-conflict reconciliation and recovery processes, stressed high-level United Nations officials today at a Headquarters event. Chair of the UN […]

Lasting global peace can only come with local women at the table

Lasting global peace can only come with local women at the table

Laurel Stone for Peace Direct – WNN Improve It (WNN/PD) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: Do women hold the key ingredient to a peaceful society? Much is known about the victimization of women through rape, trafficking, and early marriages, but much is yet to be discovered about how women can be empowered in conflict settings to […]

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Vanina Serra – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD/50:50) The Hague, The Netherlands, WESTERN EUROPE: On 27 March 2014, a historic first was achieved: a peace agreement led by a woman chief mediator was signed. The Filipino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the  Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), putting an end to four decades […]

UN passes new resolution on women’s role in peace processes

UN passes new resolution on women’s role in peace processes

Liz Ford – Guardian – Thursday, 24 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) A new UN resolution to reiterate the importance of women’s involvement in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building has been passed by the security council. Resolution 2122, unanimously adopted on Friday, puts in place a roadmap for “a more systematic approach to the […]

Israeli and Palestinian youth use Facebook to help find ‘virtual’ peace

Israeli and Palestinian youth use Facebook to help find ‘virtual’ peace

Ruth Eglash – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) JERUSALEM: Just days after long-time Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiators Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat clashed yet again at a meeting in Jordan, thousands of young people from across the Middle East gathered together online for an event which set a new standard for mutual understanding and partnership. Conferences bringing together Jews […]

Pacific women move toward decision leadership and greater engagement in Fiji

Pacific women move toward decision leadership and greater engagement in Fiji

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls – WNN Opinion (WNN) Opinion Suva, FIJI: “Effective participatory constitution-making has to provide for women’s equal representation in the process and outcome. No process which excludes or marginalizes the majority of the population can be representative. No constitution which has failed to fully ensure the perspectives and concerns of women can be seen […]

UNESCO awards peace hero defenders – Anarkali Honaryar & Khaled Abu Awwad

UNESCO awards peace hero defenders – Anarkali Honaryar & Khaled Abu Awwad

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations: An Afghan women’s rights campaigner and a Palestinian peace activist are the winners of a United Nations award recognizing their outstanding contributions to the promotion of tolerance and non-violence, the UN announced. Anarkali Honaryar, defender of the rights of women and minority groups in Afghanistan, and Palestinian activist Khaled Abu […]

Three women peace heroes will receive Nobel Peace Prize for 2011

Three women peace heroes will receive Nobel Peace Prize for 2011

WNN Breaking This year’s 2011 pick for the Nobel Peace Prize recognizes three outstanding women “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee has chosen Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman to share the prize and award money […]