Peace & Security

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Torture and sexualized violence are part of everyday life in Syrian prisons. However, human rights violations committed by the Assad regime play no role at the Geneva peace talks. With this in mind, Barbara Unmüßig, calls for women to be included as peace negotiators.

Violence & Conflict

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The Danzer case is an example of European businesses working in conflict regions and profiting greatly from the brutal actions by the police, the army or paramilitary groups. Anna von Gall analyzes the international legal framework and urges Germany to pursue legislative clarification relating to due diligence requirements for foreign subsidiaries of European companies

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Gunda-Werner-Institute and its partners organized two panel discussions on strengthening accountability for gender-based crimes in armed conflicts. On this occasion, several international experts and activists discussed the current situation in Colombia, continued barriers to justice and cautious hopes for a more peaceful future.  

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In the context of the Beijing +20 Review, the Gunda-Werner Institute and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) hosted an event focused on the achievements and remaining gaps with regard to one of the critical areas mentioned in the Beijing Platform for Action: Women in Armed Conflicts.

UN-Resolutions

Sexual violence in armed conflicts must be combated and punished more forcefully. In unanimously adopting the new Resolution 2106 on 24 June 2013, the 15 members of the UN Security Council sent a clear signal to every national government that combating sexualised violence in conflicts must have absolute priority.

Thematic Focus: Transitional Justice

All shall be equal before the law - Graffiti in Cape Town, South Africa. Creator: Kerimcan Akduman . Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

Concepts of transitional justice for dealing with societies‘ conflict-ridden past have become increasingly important. The aim is to achieve reconciliation in relations between the parties that were involved in the conflict.

Peace Work

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“There is no plan” to involve women in peace talks – no plan and also little interest. Simone Habel gives a report from the international expert discussion on "giving women a voice in peace talks" on 27th November 2014.

An overview of international peace initiatives such as NGOs, intergovernmental organisations and transnational networks. The majority of these focuses on women and gender specific aspects.

Security Architecture

Unlike the peace and security policy of the United Nations, which takes human rights and gender aspects into account, the foreign affairs and security policy of the European Union and almost all of its member states fades out the gender issue to a great extent.

German Women's Security Council

In March 2003, women working in research institutes, politics and non-governmental organisations founded a German network for feminist peace and security policy, the Women’s Security Council in Germany.

GWI-Publications

In post-war periods and in the aftermath of serious, systematic human rights violations, gender-based forms of violence are usually forgotten during the processing of the past and reconciliation phase. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.

The UN resolution 1325 It could be a milestone for gender-equitable security policy. This volume contributes to filling the gap in knowledge about approaches both to gender-sensitive peace and security policy.

No sustainable security policy without a gender perspective. Documentation of a conference of the Feminist Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in cooperation with the Women's Security Council on October 24-25, 2003 in Berlin. Publication Series of the Gunda Werner Institute, Vol. 2, second edition, Berlin 2007.

Feminist Positions and Perspectives on Peace and Security Policy. In this publication the Gunda Werner Institute presents a detailed position paper to contribute to the international debate on peace and security policy. S. Publication series of the Gunda Werner Institute, Volume 6, March 2010.

Peace and Security Policy Needs a Gender Perspective

The Gunda Werner Institute is particularly involved in a peace politics that is appropriate for gender and security policy, because until now this field has been largely male-dominated. Draughts and strategies fail to consider gender as an important issue; women’s voices hardly seem to be present in discussions about war, conflict prevention or peace negotations; and, women and men share different perspectives on forcible conflict holdings. Therefore, a lasting peace politics and security policy must include a gender perspective.

Knowledge Box

  • E-learning course by HREA: Women, Peace and Security more»
  • Roadmap to 1325 – a Project for Engendering the European Peace and Security Policy
    The talk by Gitti Hentschel at the conference 'Women: From Target Group To Stakeholders In Peace And Security', 6./7.11.2007 in Brussels. [» PDF]
  • Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action - Ten Years of Security Council Resolution 1325
    This publication summarizes the proceedings of the seminar of the same title, held in Geneva on 15 September 2010 more»
  • Windhoek Declaration Namibia's actionplan „On Mainstreaming. A Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations“  [» PDF]
  • Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in Serbia
    Women in Black Serbia provides all the Informations about the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in Serbia on their website. more»
  • Results of the 55th UN Commission of Status of Women concerning gender, peace and security
    Composed by peacewomen.org more»
  • Towards a Typology of Wartime Rape
    The Typology in "Bonn International Center for Conversion - brief 43" was designed on the basis of a definition of wartime, which includes a myriad of war dynamics that surround and influence the perpetration of rape, and which can be organized into the following ‘themes’: type of conflict in which wartime rape occurs, characteristics of the armed group, motivations for the rape, characteristics of the rapist, characteristics of the raped person, and characteristics of the rape. more»
  • Women, Peace and Security Handbook
    Divided into thirteen thematic chapters, the handbook is a reference guide for both progress made and action to be taken on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The analysis assesses the consistency with which Council resolutions reflect the language and intent of SCR 1325. Good practice extracts from resolutions are presented and critical recommendations are made. more»
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