Excerpt from the article, originally published on Passblue.com:
The frustration for many international feminist groups is that women are reduced to being marginal observers at negotiations or cut out at the top threshold.
The movement for inclusion on Syria involves UN Women and such groups as the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the Women’s Democracy Network, the International Civil Society Action Network, Karama, Madre, CodePink and more.
“Just a few weeks ago, Security Council passed Resolution 2122 on Women, Peace and Security, stressing the need to address the persistent implementation gap that has marred the realization of UNSCR 1325,” Yasmine Ergas, director of the new gender and public policy specialization at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, said in an email. “In approving Resolution 2122, the Council declared its intention to focus more attention on women’s leadership and participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It would be astonishing if negotiations intended to begin a peacebuilding process in Syria were now to exclude or only minimally involve women. Would that not fly in the face of the Security Council’s clearly stipulated policy of inclusion?”
“We need to guarantee that women have a platform through which they can engage in any meetings for peace and security. They should not ask for permission to participate,” Hibaaq Osman told Women’s eNews at the end of a gathering for 100 Arab female leaders and activists from 14 countries held in Amman, Jordan, from Oct. 26 to 29.
AMMAN — The advances achieved in safeguarding women’s rights over the past few years are at stake if no action is taken to protect them amidst regional uprisings, women activists said on Saturday.
Women’s rights activists participating in a regional training course and discussions on the “Role of Women in Peace and Security” stressed that women should be involved in shaping the future of their countries, especially those in transition.
WASHINGTON — Imagine the gruesomeness of it. Dead bodies cut into from the side. Organs removed, harvested, leaving the remains of something — someone — whose corpse no longer resembles a human shape.
This is just one of the stories three Syrian women shared Thursday in a Capitol Hill roundtable hosted by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), a longtime women’s rights advocate who was undecided about military action in Syria.
The three are part of the Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace, an organization formed last year to “advocate for and reinforce a greater role for Syrian women in all sectors of public affairs.” They came to Congress to bring another perspective, the often overlooked voices of Syrian women, to the debate over intervention in their country’s two-year-old civil war. Read more
Hibaaq Osman Speaks Out Against Arab Governments Abandoning Women’s Rights At Aspen Ideas Festival (VIDEO)
One women’s advocate says the treatment of women is the greatest indicator of how much a government values democracy.
Hibaaq Osman, the founder of Cairo-based women’s rights nonprofit Karama, joined HuffPost Live at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the relationship between women’s rights and a government’s commitment to its people. She mentioned that governments who show little regard for women’s rights will perpetually lack respect for democracy and justice.
Specially, she mentioned Mohammed Morsi’s recently ousted Muslim Brotherhood:
“The minute [Morsi's government] came in and, of course, they started curtailing women’s rights, immediately,” she told Ahmed Shihab-Eldin of HuffPost Live. “And, to me, that was an indication that these governments in the Middle East were not committed to democracy, human rights, justice, or dignity. That was an indication.” Read more
Amman/Oslo, 8 July 2013: The message was clear from more than 20 Arab think tanks who gathered at a regional forum in Amman last week organized by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the Foundation for the Future, in cooperation with UNDP’s Regional Centre in Cairo. Think tanks need to be independent, better linked to civil society and able to provide reliable and high quality data and analysis to both policy makers and the wider population, and they see a clear role for themselves in strengthening democratic governance in the region. They can also benefit from stronger ties with think tanks from other regions, both in the ‘South’ and in the ‘North’.
In times of crisis and political transitions, when decisions are highly consequential, a deep and situated understanding of evolving realities is particularly critical. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Jordan, Costanza Farina, emphasised this as she opened the Forum, underlining the timeliness of the event and its importance to the evolving situation in the region, highlighting some of the UN’s work in support to think tanks in Jordan and the region.
The Arab media sector, now more than ever, should assume its role as the “fourth estate”, reflecting the reality, analysing it and highlighting differing points of view, HRH Princess Basma said.
Speaking at the opening of the 10th Arab Women Media Conference on Thursday, Princess Basma, who is the honorary chairman of the Arab Media Women’s Centre (AMWC), said women were still unable to reap the fruits of popular protests in the Arab world.
Highlighting the “distinguished” presence and achievements realised by Arab women in the media, the princess said there is still a need for more work to build on their success and not allow any setbacks.