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Women, Peace and Security in Iraq: Iraq’s National Action Plan to Implement Resolution 1325

In 2014, Iraq’s National Action Plan (INAP) was implemented to fulfill United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). This report from the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics notes that while INAP actions aimed at increasing women’s participation at executive levels, enhancing gender equality in legal documents, removing legislation that violates women’s rights, and preventing violence against women, it falls short in many other respects. Issues like women’s participation in conflict resolution, women’s particular needs in conflict and post-conflict settings and the protection of women’s rights are not addressed. INAP set an important precedent as the first National Action Plan launched by a country in the Middle East, but its many shortcomings should be addressed through a revision process. Read the full report here.

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Quotas in the Serbian Security Sector– Do They Promote or Constrain Women?

This study from The Belgrade Centre for Security Policy analyzes the benefits and shortcomings of the quota system implemented in Serbia’s security sector between 2002-2007. Applying quotas for women in the police and military had mixed results in terms of resolving the problem of inequality between women and men as well as addressing preconceptions about women’s role in security. This paper focuses primarily on how the quota system was applied and includes recommendations for security and defense institutions as well as a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of applying quotas in the security sector. Read more about the conclusions and the efficacy of quotas here.

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Gender Integration into the Military: A Meta-Analysis of Norway, Canada, Israel, and the United States

The Global War on Terrorism has fueled a reexamination of the military’s ability to meet the requirements of new types of war, especially practices concerning the inclusion of women in combat roles. In order to inform the successful integration of women into combat roles in the U.S. military, this paper compares and contrasts U.S. Defense gender integration policy with similar policies in Norway, Canada, and Israel. It discusses a variety of issues to include: scientific data showing that women perform as well as their male counterparts in combat units without negatively impacting readiness or cohesion, the role of training and procedures on gender integration and how leadership facilitates the integration process. Read the full paper here.

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NGOWG WPS MAP – April 2017: Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Western Sahara

NGOWG WPSFor April, in which the United States of America has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Western Sahara.

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