In Focus: Women and Armed Conflict
This month we examine the differentiated impact of conflict on women and the need to ensure that women have a central role in peacebuilding.
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Brazil steps it up
Three laws are signed into effect, to expand maternity leave for military personnel, increase support for survivors of sexual violence and harshen penalties for femicide, among other measures. Learn more
From Australia to Jordan, global, regional and national events are taking place in all corners of the globe in the lead up to the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20). Join us, picture a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. More
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Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia was elected by consensus as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December 2011. The former Head of the Legal Advisory Unit of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and former Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC, she has played a key role in major international criminal law cases over the last three decades.
Women of achievement
As the first female Sub-Prefect Officer in the Guinean Navy, Captain Bontou Soumah has risen above discrimination to achieve her dream of becoming a seafarer. Living through choppy waters both in her career and her life, she has risen above the tides to be a top leader in the Navy.
In Afghanistan, she is known as the first female provincial governor, no small feat in a country that has weathered conflict and hardships for nearly 40 years. Through it all, Dr. Habiba Sarabi’s passion for human rights and education for women have grown every day.
Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender equality is a reality: Picture it!