The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security launched a new report at the United Nations headquarters on October 30 titled “Beyond Engaging Men: Masculinities, (Non)Violence, and Peacebuilding.”
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a meaningful occasion to reflect on the possibilities of accelerating gender equity from the local to the global. The Global Campaign for Peace Education encourages inquiry and action toward examining the impact that wars have on women and girls, as well as envisioning the structures that must be changed to achieve human equality and security.
Men’s violence prevention (MVP) programs seek to transform men’s silence and inaction into allyship and change. However, it should be clear: MVP is a complementary approach to other violence against women (VAW) work. The point is not to center men, but to support women’s activism, research and leadership towards the goal of ending VAW wherever possible.
There is growing evidence to support the relationship between levels of gender inequality in a society and its potential for conflict. Positive attitudes to gender equality in and through education strengthen social cohesion; consequently, there is a need for gender-transformative education for peacebuilding.
Enhancing women’s equality is fundamental to the possibility of peace and is an essential realm of inquiry and action for peace education. Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury highlights significant historical developments, disappointments and possibilities for transformative change in support of gender equality that is essential for the possibility of sustainable peace.
Sierra Leone is one of 13 countries in Africa that have adopted a national action plan on UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. The Localization program, initiated by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, is a people-based, bottom-up approach to policy-making and policy implementation that guarantees local ownership and participation.