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    Colombia Needs to Take a Gendered Approach to Make Peace Last

    by  • January 18, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — While most combatants in Colombia’s conflict have been men, women’s participation in the construction of peace is badly needed for peace to be sustainable. When the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, mandating the full, equal participation of women at peace talks, it was an attempt to bridge the gap...

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    Keeping LGBT Rights Active on the UN Agenda

    by  • December 8, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Daniela Mercury

    Several major breakthroughs in the promotion of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have occurred through United Nations mechanisms. From the worldwide multimedia Free & Equal campaign to LGBT-related resolutions and reports in the Human Rights Council to the public support of such figures as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...

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    From the Congo to the UN: ‘Hear the Cries of Women and Girls’

    by  • December 31, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Julienne Lusenge, a Congolese, founded women's groups in her country to help women and girls recover from years of conflict and to inform them about their rights.

    In the developed world, women fought and struggled to gain their rights and eventually created a space in which these rights could be expressed. Violence does indeed occur in the developed world, but it cannot be compared to what is happening in countries that are plagued with persistent, systematic conflict. Women in the developed...

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    Using Peer Pressure to Expose a Nation’s Human Rights Record

    by  • November 17, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. JEAN-MARC FERRE

    BIRMINGHAM, England — During its Universal Period Review session recently at the Human Rights Council, Austria’s delegation commended Conchita Wurst for promoting antidiscrimination and raising awareness of LGBTI issues. Wurst famously represented Austria in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, winning the competition that year and with it engaging a wide range of European audiences...

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    Gender Equality Gaps Across Borders Tell a Disturbing Story

    by  • November 18, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Women in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

    Achieving gender equality is a commendable goal and has been incorporated in the 17 recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Gender equality, however, should not be used to detract from efforts to improve the equality of women and men across countries rather than just inside countries. Indeed, differences between men and women in...

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    In Fast-Growing Africa, Voluntary Family Planning Will Enhance Life

    by  • November 2, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    tktktk MARIE STOPES INTERNATIONAL

    Our planet is expected to have 11.2 billion people in 2100, according to the United Nations’ just-released revision of the medium world population projections. With a 2015 population of 7.3 billion, this represents an increase of 3.9 billion over the remainder of this century. The projected expansion of human numbers is very unevenly spread around...

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    As the UN Celebrates Empowerment of Women, a New Survey Shows Major Frustrations

    by  • October 14, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    As the UN marked the 15th anniversary of a landmark resolution promoting the role of women in peace processes, a new survey reveals major frustrations. Here, Mariano Rajoy, the foreign minister of Spain, with his Egyptian counterpart. The woman is not identified. CIA PAK/UN PHOTO

    Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on women, peace and security, a landmark international law that demands women’s participation in decision-making on international peace and security. Though seldom recognized, the fundamental roots of this resolution, known as 1325, came from women’s actual experiences in armed conflict and their...

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