How The Private Sector Can Help Women’s Empowerment and Peace

More than two decades on from the adoption of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda — which affirmed the crucial role of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives — women’s inclusion in recovery and relief efforts remains under-resourced and under-valued.  Reversing this trend is a priority, and though advancing causes around gender andContinue reading “How The Private Sector Can Help Women’s Empowerment and Peace”

In the Aftermath of Crisis, Rural Bangladeshi Women Pursue Economic Security

In the wake of crisis, economic response and recovery plans often forget the needs of women and girls, hindering sustained peace and development. In Bangladesh, UN Women, which supports the Compact on Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA,) is working with local partners to put recovery back on track by increasing economic securityContinue reading “In the Aftermath of Crisis, Rural Bangladeshi Women Pursue Economic Security”

CSW Side Event Highlights Urgent Need for Youth Participation in the Peace, Security and Humanitarian Space

As conflicts rage across the globe including in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Tigray, participants at an event hosted by the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA) Compact, highlighted the urgent need to strengthen peacebuilding and humanitarian work through increased engagement with young leaders.  Not only do young people have bold ideas and solutions toContinue reading “CSW Side Event Highlights Urgent Need for Youth Participation in the Peace, Security and Humanitarian Space”

Women Spearhead Climate Change Response in the South Pacific

In 2020, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Yasa wreaked havoc across the South Pacific. As torrential rain, howling winds, and thirty five-foot waves lashed the island nations of Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tongo, thousands of homes and livelihoods were lost. By the time the storm had passed, at least four people were dead, with a financial toll reachingContinue reading “Women Spearhead Climate Change Response in the South Pacific”

Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action
2021 – Year in Review

Nearly 160 signatories have joined the Compact’s bold, global movement for gender equality since its official launch at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in July 2021. More than 25 years since the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and more than 20 years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325,Continue reading “Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action
2021 – Year in Review”

Upholding Human Rights in Yemen: Q&A with Laila Lutf AL-Thawr

Known as Yemen’s “Mother of Detainees,” Laila Lutf Al-Thawr is a prominent human rights activist who has mediated the exchange and release of over 1000 prisoners and detainees. She is also the first woman to hold a top position in a Yemeni political party, the Arab Hope Party. To mark the International Day for HumanContinue reading “Upholding Human Rights in Yemen: Q&A with Laila Lutf AL-Thawr”

If We Truly Want Gender Equality, We Need to Finance It

Between 2018-2019, 43 percent of official development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts targeted gender equality and women’s empowerment.  Yet, of this 20.3 billion USD, local women’s organizations received only one per cent. Additionally, less than five per cent of aid went to programs with gender equality as a principal objective. Research indicates that aContinue reading “If We Truly Want Gender Equality, We Need to Finance It”

From Victims to Leaders: Ending Gender-based Violence in the Lake Chad Basin

Aissa Doumara Ngatansou was 15 years old when she was forced into marriage. Nearly 30 per cent of girls in Ngatansou’s home in North Cameroon are married before the age of 18, facing loss of education, high rates of maternal mortality, and increased risk of gender-based violence. Many others suffer sexual violence at the handsContinue reading “From Victims to Leaders: Ending Gender-based Violence in the Lake Chad Basin”

Compact Commemorates Anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

On the sidelines of the annual Security Council Open Debate, signatories for the Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action urged increased cooperation from the highest levels of policymaking to the grassroots, to ensure full protection and participation for women and girls in conflict and crisis.   Held on October 27, and welcomingContinue reading “Compact Commemorates Anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security”