• About Mirva Lempiainen

    Mirva Lempiainen is a journalist from Finland who writes about travel, culture and social issues for media based in Finland and in the US. She has a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and writes a travel blog at www.writeronthemove.com.

    More Women Sit on the UN Security Council, but What Does It Mean?

    by  • April 30, 2014 • Security Council, Women's Issues • 
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    Joy Ogwu, Nigerian ambassador to the UN

    As increasing numbers of women embark on careers as diplomats, the United Nations headquarters in New York is slowly but surely undergoing a big change in demographics: the female-to-male ratio of diplomats is becoming — dare it be possible — more balanced. Of the UN’s 193 member countries, about 30 women currently represent their...

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    Make Peace Not War, Activists Push at the UN

    by  • June 17, 2013 • Africa, Development, Disarmament, Human Rights, Security Council, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

      A lifeless baby lies on the ground. Half of a woman’s face has been blown off. A mother screams in a hospital after losing her son because of inadequate medication. A text fills the big white screen: global military spending amounts to $1.7 trillion a year. Less than a fifth of that would...

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    A Place for Women at the Table

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    Vandana Devi and Gulabi Bahadur, two elected women representatives from Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh listen to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet speak during the National Leadership Summit in Jaipur, India on 4 October 2012.

      A dozen years have passed since the United Nations Security Council made history by adopting a resolution that addressed women’s rights during conflicts and required their participation in preventing wars and in peace talks. Until Resolution 1325 was approved, post-conflict reconstruction had been mostly the realm of those possessing the Y chromosome in...

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    Finland and Others Compete for Coveted Security Council Seats

    by  • October 7, 2012 • Security Council • 1 Comment
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    Helsinki street

    HELSINKI – As the United States prepares for its much-awaited presidential election on Nov. 6, another hotly contested vote is readying at the United Nations Security Council on Oct. 18. Numerous countries are vying for the five open nonpermanent seats, among them Australia, Finland and Luxembourg, who are competing for the two seats being...

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    In Rural Senegal, Oyster Fishing Is Not a Hobby

    by  • July 25, 2012 • Africa, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    Casamance women fishing for oysters.

    BOUYOUYE, Senegal – I’m submerged waist-deep in brown water, trying my best to catch up with two fast-moving Senegalese women ahead of me. Jeannette Diatta, 40, thin-framed, and her curvier friend, Therese Diatta, 27, are wielding machetes like butter knives. Both women have protected their heads from the sun with colorful scarves. Bang! Yet...

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