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Muslim Brotherhood Empowers Youth to Conduct Its Reorganization

In response to being side-lined by Muslim Brotherhood leadership, young members have been leaving the organization to join extremist groups like the Islamic State. Realizing that the future of the organization was at risk, the Muslim Brotherhood  — for the firs time — is empowering its youth to lead the organization. More strident in their desire to confront and resist the current Egyptian government, the newly empowered youth supporters are likely to quickly take advantage of the organization’s decision to decentralize. One of the results will probably be an uptick in violence. However, young leaders’ desire to cooperate with opposition groups that they protested alongside in the January 25 uprising (but later became hostile towards) is a positive sign that could, potentially, lead the way towards a healthy degree of pluralism.  Read more.

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17,000 Gaza youth graduate from Vanguards of Liberation training camp

On Jan. 20, less than six months after the end of the most recent Israeli war on Gaza, Hamas relaunched Vanguards of Liberation camps for youth ages 15-21. Some 17,000 young men graduated from this camp Jan. 29 to form, according to the movement, the nucleus of the next Liberation Army.  Read full article.

 

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African Union’s Women, Peace and Security Initiatives

This article summarizes the assorted initiatives undertaken by the African Union (AU) to support the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The include: the AU’s new five-year Women Peace and Security Programme (2015-2020), women in Demobilization, Disarmament, and Reintegration (DDR) efforts, the impact of conflict on women and children, and preventing and responding to sexual violence.  Read full article.

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Zilka Spahic Siljak: Women’s Peace-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Zilka Spahic Siljak discusses her research about  Bosnian women’s peace building activities in BiH after the civil war (1992-1995). Results form her research show that despite women doing most of the work to create peace, there is very little recognition of their work by the populace.

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Vian Dakhil is an Iraqi Woman Standing up to ISIS

Vian Dakhil is one of only two politicians in Iraq’s parliament from the country’s Yazidi population, a religious minority that extremist organization Islamic State is trying to exterminate. Dakhil is doing everything in her power to save the Yazidis from calling for Iraqi government and global action on behalf of her people to personally assisting in the rescue of some of the Yazidi girls and women captured as spoils of war by ISIS. (The UN estimates that 5,000 – 7,000 Yazidi women and girls have been captured by ISIS.)  As a consequence of her actions, Dakhil is now on the top of the Islamic State’s death list.  Read more about her incredible efforts.

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Congo’s women fight for the right to play a peacekeeping role

It’s an uphill battle for Congolese women to participate in peace building efforts. Facing perennial negative comments and reactions from men and women alike, women who strive to bring peace and stability to the DRC persist in their efforts despite these conditions. Their tenacity serves to both realize the aims of USNCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security and move the country towards a seemingly unattainable peace. Read full article.

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