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Indigenous Women & The Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Though indigenous women have successfully engaged in and made notable contributions to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, there remain areas  in which their enhanced involvement is central. This UN Women research brief discusses two of these areas: justice for conflict-related violence, and the role of natural resources in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Indigenous women’s involvement in reparation initiatives for gender- and sexual-based violence in conflict settings has proven successful, but enhancing their engagement is needed to maximize these efforts. Additionally, indigenous women should no longer be excluded from decision-making processes around natural resources in conflict-affected settings since they are key actors in securing these resources for their communities. Read the full article here.

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In Plain Sight: The Neglected Linkage between Brideprice and Violent Conflict 

Brideprice – the money or other gifts provided by a groom and his family to a woman’s family as part of a marriage agreement – is a prevalent cause of instability and violent conflict in some societies. As brideprice rises, some young men are “priced out” of marriage, particularly in places where polygamy and other systemic issues tied to brideprice exist. This incentivizes violence to obtain the requisite resources, with rebel and terror groups exploiting this situation to recruit new members. To demonstrate these principles, the authors dive into two case studies: examining armed groups in South Sudan and Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. They conclude that the rise of brideprice and the overall treatment of women are important early indicators of violent conflict. They also demonstrate that governments and civil society groups can intervene to head off instability, citing examples from Saudi Arabia and other nations.  Read the full article here.

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September Newsletter – Women’s Health + Bad Policy + Conflict = Suffering


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Pregnant women in the United States are b-u-s-y. They have supplements to take and medical appointments to go to. Nurseries to decorate. Hospital bags to pack. In conflict-affected countries, pregnant women and women of reproductive age live in stark contrast to the Western experience. These women often lose critical medical care, including access to contraceptives, safe abortion and delivery services, and antenatal and postpartum care. The result of this situation is a maternal mortality ratio in conflict and post-conflict countries that is 60% greater than the global ratio.

Although sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) were affirmed as a fundamental human right in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development, political interference consistently undermines initiatives to promote SRHR. Case in point, in January of this year, the Trump administration reinstated the Global Gag Rule—a policy that effectively denies women and girls their SRHR as well as their bodily autonomy. Continue reading to learn about the implications of denying women these rights.

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The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law

The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) is an online community of practice that promotes coordination and collaboration in the rule of law field through research, innovation and support to experts and institutions operating in post-conflict and developing countries. It is spearheaded by the United States Institute of Peace in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement; the Center of Excellence for Police Stability Units; the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Strategic Police Matters Unit; and William & Mary School of Law.

Through its work with its affiliates and members, INPROL helps Rule of Law practitioners and academics solve the problems they face in the field, and promotes professional development and learning through a variety of online resources. It also serves as a network to promote coordination and foster innovation in the Rule of Law field.

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NGOWG WPS MAP – September 2017: Colombia, Lake Chad Basin region, Libya, Mali, South Sudan, and Yemen

NGOWG WPSFor September, in which Ethiopia has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Colombia, Lake Chad Basin Region, Libya, Mali, South Sudan, and Yemen.

Read the full MAP for September 2017

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