• About Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

    Mavic Cabrera-Balleza is the international coordinator for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. She leads the group's programs that carry out Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820, which ensure women's role in peace and security in conflict situations. Most recently, Cabrera-Balleza, a Filipino, was in Sierra Leone, working on such a project. Her previous job was coordinator of the International Women's Tribune Center's human rights, peace-building and human security program. She has a master's degree in communication research with a focus on women's studies.

    Putting Women, Peace and Security Matters Into Local Hands

    by  • November 26, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A Filipino girl in a Pinoy parade.

    Despite the unprecedented developments in international law addressing women, peace and security issues, progress has been remarkably slow and unpredictable in changing the perception of women as victims of armed conflict into peace-builders and decision-makers. The transformational nature of the ground-breaking United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on women, peace and security, paved the...

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    Congolese Women Grow More Demanding of Local Governments

    by  • June 7, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    Collecting firewood at the Kanyaruchinya IDP camp, Congo

    A global women’s organization with wide experience in peace-building recently brought together scores of prominent women from six African nations to take well-defined steps for dealing with the root causes of the persistent sexual violence occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Declaring that peace in eastern Congo could bring peace to the entire Great Lakes area...

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    A Sierra Leonean Named to Sexual Violence in Conflict Post

    by  • July 30, 2012 • GOINGS-ON, Women's Issues • 11 Comments
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    Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone

    Zainab Hawa Bangura, the minister of health and sanitation in Sierra Leone, a country that not long ago rose from a brutal civil war, will take over in September as the United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict. Bangura, 52, who replaces Margot Wallstrom, 57, of Sweden, has also been the country’s...

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