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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2015

16days2015smallThis special update marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the International Day Against Violence Against Women. The annual campaign runs until Human Rights Day on 10 December and highlights the links between education, gender and militarism as ‘an encompassing patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power.’

What are the gendered impacts of militarism? How can we understand the role of sexual violence in conflict? What’s the role of women in peacebuilding? This collection of key reading includes practical guides and academic research from the global to the local, including active situations war and conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, fragility in situations such as Colombia and peacebuilding in countries such as Uganda.

Throughout the 16 Days campaign, the Institute of Development Studies will be highlighting our work on sexual and gender-based violence, gender, education and militarism – as well as the work of our partners and friends around the world. Each day we will be sharing something new – via this Storify – from academic research to blog posts and films. Get in touch with anything else to add on

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2015

2015 Campaign Take Action Kit
Center for Women's Global Leadership 2015
The 16 Days Take Action Kit 2015 contains resources to help support activities during the 16 Days Campaign and can be downloaded in PDF or Microsoft Word format. The Kit is available in multiple languages with other languages forthcom...
Jerusalem: A City on Edge
This report, comprising the testimonies of 25 women living in Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, sheds light on some of the personal stories behind the headlines. Undertaken as part of the project “Protect the Rights and...
Women and Girls Safe Spaces - A guidance note based on lessons learned from the Syrian Crisis
M Maglietti; J Miquel / United Nations Population Fund 2015
The creation of women and girls safe spaces (WGSS) has emerged as a key strategy for the protection and empowerment of women and girls affected by the Syrian crisis. This document provides an overview of what safe spaces are and what ...
Colombia: Women Seek to Overcome the Barriers to Participation in Order to Achieve Peace
K Ronderos 2015
An advocacy document from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Colombia calls for the equal representation of women throughout the whole peace negotiation process in their country. The position is available ...
Reimagining Peacemaking: Women’s Roles in Peace Processes
M O'Reilly; A Ó Súilleabháin; T Paffenholz / International Peace Institute 2015
As half of a society’s population, shouldn’t women have the right to be represented during peacemaking processes? Yet, between 1992 and 2011 just 2% of chief mediators and 9% of peace negotiators were women. Women are excl...
Fearless: Standing with Women and Girls to End Violence
D Jayasinghe; R Noble / ActionAid International 2015
Despite decades of international agreements and commitments to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG), it remains a daily reality. One-third of women globally are affected by violence. Violence undermines women’s ability...
Gender in fragile and conflict-affected situations
E. Browne (ed); H. Haider (ed); F. Oddsdottir (ed) / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre 2014
This rapid review collates a large amount of literature published in 2013 and 2014 (up to April 2014) on the topic of gender in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS). It is not a systematic or exhaustive review, but does pro...
WILPF Report on the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
P Rao; A Ranjitsingh / PeaceWomen: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 2015
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) delegates from all over the world converged on New York for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) to advocate for a transformative and sustai...
Women Preventing Violent Extremism. Charting a New Course: Thought for Action Kit
United States Institute of Peace 2015
This resource is intended to engage a discussion on key issues related to the role of women and preventing violent extremism. It is not for an academic audience nor is it a tool kit - it as a thought kit. This is a collection of exper...
Extremism As Mainstream: Implications For Women, Development & Security In The MENA / Asia Region
Association for Women's Rights in Development 2014
Religious extremism is spreading throughout the Middle East and Muslim majority contexts, with profound consequences for social, regional and global security. The response by many countries has been primarily militarised. There has be...
Policy Brief: Why Women as Peace Negotiators & Peace Builders?
Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) strongly believe in the inclusion and role of Afghan women as peace builders and negotiators. Despite the fact that women have struggled over years for their inclusion and impactful representation, t...
Demilitarizing for Gender Equality - Excessive Global Military Spending vs. Funding Gaps for Women's Rights, Equality, Empowerment. You get what you pay for.
PeaceWomen: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 2014
This short advocacy document from Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom calls for the reallocation of the enormous funds set aside for militarism as a means to enable the realisation of human rights, including gende...
Why Women? Inclusive Security & Peaceful Societies.
M. O'Reilly / Initiative for Inclusive Security 2015
In the field of international development, decades of evidence of women’s positive impact on socioeconomic outcomes has changed the way governments, donors, and aid organisations do their work. This shorting briefing suggests th...
United Nations Security Council - Conflict-related sexual violence Report of the Secretary-General
United Nations Security Council 2015
The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2014, is submitted pursuant to paragraph 22 of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013), in which the Council requested to report annually on the implementation of re...
Localising the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: a Toolkit for Leveraging UNSCR 1325's 15th Anniversary
October 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of UNSCR resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Activists, women’s human rights defenders and UN member states have gathered in a series of activities to renew their co...