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    In Kurdistan and Beyond, Honor Killings Remind Women They Are Worthless

    by  • May 6, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    A Kurdish woman in Erbil, Iraq.

    KURDISTAN, Iraq — For many women in Kurdistan, life is anything but honorable. We have come to this autonomous region in northern Iraq as social anthropologists to research violence against women — particularly, honor killings — by interviewing local experts, including United Nations personnel. We were told by a Kurdish man here that women...

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    UN Peace Talks on Syria Collectively Failed Women

    by  • February 10, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Women Lead to Peace campaign 2014

    This is a difficult time for peace advocates. How can we talk about women participating at the peace table when talk has not translated into action? How can we discuss the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, first mandated by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, when despite rhetoric, goodwill, ministerial...

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    Israeli-Palestinian Population Growth and Its Impact on Peace

    by  • February 2, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children, West Bank

      A large amount of news, analysis and political rhetoric is disseminated daily about the current American-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. However, comparatively little attention — and, hence, insufficient understanding — is given to a  critical aspect of the decades-old conflict: population growth. Differential rates of population growth are redefining the relative demographic standing of...

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    Syrian Women Win Active Role in Geneva Peace Conference

    by  • January 22, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Women • 

    Women Lead to Peace summit, Montreux 2014

    The United Nations-led peace talks in Switzerland to begin the laborious discussions to end the war in Syria have officially started, but Syrian women activists who have been demanding to sit at the crucial peace-talks table on Jan. 24 in Geneva did not know until the last minute whether any women would be involved....

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    At Geneva II Talks in January, It Is Not Enough to ‘Add Women and Stir’

    by  • December 26, 2013 • Middle East, Secretary-General, Women • 

    Lakhdar Brahimi

    The campaign to ensure women’s equal participation at the peace talks on Syria in January has become more urgent, as certain parties recognize that women are vital in rebuilding and reconciling Syrian society. Yet only a few weeks before the talks are scheduled to start, no commitment has been made as to whether women...

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    Syrian Women’s Groups Push for Equal Role at Geneva II Talks

    by  • December 5, 2013 • Middle East, Women • 

    Recognizing that women in the Middle East and North Africa must play an active role in their countries’ political processes, especially amid the regional backdrop of upheavals and conflicts, the Netherlands government is providing money for a new program, Women on the Frontline, to help women-run initiatives organize themselves better to assert their rights...

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    Life for Women and Girls in Afghanistan Grows Deadlier

    by  • March 20, 2013 • Asia, Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 4 Comments

    Afghan woman in a burqa, Kabul.

    With the deadline for the departure of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan just a year away, civilian casualties in the country remain alarmingly high, says a new report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama). Although the report said the number of casualties had decreased for the first time in six...

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    For Muslim Women, a Careful Script to Combat Violence

    by  • September 17, 2012 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Women • 4 Comments

    Egyptian women protesting sexual harrasment and violence.

    The saddest stories told by vulnerable women in villages or slum shacks across the developing world most often involve violence or subjugation that they must bear because they don’t know how, or don’t have the means, to escape a bad situation. In the poorest countries, women talk of being assaulted or intimidated at home,...

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    UN Leaders Call for a Global Review of Women’s Rights

    by  • March 14, 2012 • General Assembly, Women • 4 Comments

    women's conference

    In an unusual joint call for action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, are asking United Nations members to convene a world conference on women in 2015, the 20th anniversary of the path-breaking meeting in Beijing that broadly defined women’s rights and proposed actions to...

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