Peacebuilding and the EU Accession process in Bosnia Herzegovina

Peacebuilding and the EU Accession process in Bosnia Herzegovina
Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) officially applied for EU membership in February 2016. The country, which is still struggling with legacies of the devastating 1990s war, dealing with the transition from a socialist economy to a market economy, coping with tensions among ethnic groups (strumentalised by political parties) and emerging from the global economic crisis, is now...

The new Italian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: strengths and weaknesses

The new Italian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: strengths and weaknesses
In December 2016, the third Italian National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security 2016-2019 was adopted. The adoption of the NAP, which gives continuity and renewed impetus to Italy’s commitment to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and following resolutions, was welcomed by civil society organisations. The novelties introduced by the new NAP, which...

Violent conflict and sexual violence in Eastern Ukraine

Violent conflict and sexual violence in Eastern Ukraine
The issue of sexual violence in the conflict in the East of Ukraine is subject of much speculation. While the parameters for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the areas affected by the conflict in the Donbass region are all there, documented cases are scarce. The United Nations Human Rights Mission in Ukraine (OHCHR) and...