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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres
(b. August 7, 1956)

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican diplomat and internationally recognized leader on global climate change. She served as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010-2016. During this tenure, she forged a new form of collaborative diplomacy that culminated in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015. She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

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Jaha Dukureh

Jaha Dukureh
(b. 1989)

Jaha Dukureh, from Gambia, is the UN Women’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa. Her primary goal is to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) worldwide. She campaigned in Gambia for this cause, resulting in the Gambian government’s ban on FGM. In 2017, she created a documentary about her work in order to stimulate discussion and change.

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Empress Theodora

Empress Theodora
(c. 500 – 28 June 548)

Married to Emperor Justinian, ruler of the Byzantine Empire from 527-565, Empress Theodora was his most trusted advisor. Many historians suspect that she controlled the political affairs of the kingdom and she is thought to be the most powerful woman in the history of the Byzantine Empire. She was one of the first rulers to recognize the rights of women, passing legislation that prohibited the trafficking of young women.

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Queen Nzinga Mbande

Queen Nzinga Mbande
(b. 1583 – December 17, 1663)

Queen Nzinga Mbande ruled the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (modern day Nambia) during Portugal’s colonization efforts. She built up her kingdom to become an equal of that of the Portuguese colonizers. As such, despite on-going conflicts, she was able to broker peace for a considerable time between the Ndongo Kingdom and Portugal.

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Queen Liliuokalani

Queen Liliuokalani
(January 29, 1891 – January 17, 1893)

Queen Liliuokalani was Hawaii’s only female ruler before it was annexed by the United States. Prior to becoming the queen, she worked towards organizing schools for Hawaii’s youth. Throughout her reign as monarch, Liliuokalani fought against America’s efforts to gain control of Hawaii. Though she was not successful in this endeavor, she did work towards the reinstatement of Hawaii as a sovereign nation until her death.

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CCDP Working Paper: Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Though a robust civil society is widely accepted as an important part of peacebuilding, there is little evidence to support this claim. To fill this gap, this working paper from the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding presents results from a three-year comparative research project. Using thirteen case studies, the project evaluated the performance of civil society during and after armed conflict. Ultimately, the impetus for peacebuilding was found to lie most often with political actors and the parties to the conflict, with civil society performing an important supporting role. Certain functions of civil society groups, such as protection, monitoring, advocacy and facilitation, were found to be more effective than others – a finding that does not align with the implementation and funding level of those activities. Read the full paper here.

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NGOWG Annual Policy Brief – Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council: 2017

Outlining the findings from the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security’s monitoring and analysis of the UN Security Council’s daily work, their annual Policy Brief fills the gap in current information available on women, peace and security implementation. Focused specifically on the Security Council, the NGOWG Policy Brief provides recommendations that build on their Monthly Action Points, as well as broader advocacy throughout the year.

Read the full Policy Brief for 2017.

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July Newsletter – Peace, Conflict, Gender and $$$

Photo credit: iknowpolitics.org

When it comes to promoting women’s equality, empowerment, and development, the old adage “money doesn’t buy happiness (or success in this case), but it does help” applies. A gender sensitive fiscal policy is essential to ensure adequate allocation of necessary resources. And gender budgeting — a tool that marries fiscal policy and gender — is the practical, get-down-to-business means to achieve these goals.

So, what is it? In short, gender budgeting involves analyzing a budget’s different impacts on men and women, and then allocating money accordingly. It does not, however, call for separate budgets for men and women on projects or initiatives, but rather integrates a gender perspective into budgets as a whole.

Although some of us at GC360 don’t even balance our checkbooks, we know that it’s critically important to understand the impact of $$$ on the gender dimensions of peace and conflict. That’s why this month’s newsletter follows the lead of organizations like UN Women and the European Institute for Gender Equality by addressing this essential topic. Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

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