Are you series? New narratives for women’s political participation

Are you series? New narratives for women’s political participation
Web and TV series have been progressively used to shape national and international social narratives in the last few years. Gender stereotypes and prejudices can pass through these media and reinforce existing patterns. However, the opposite could be true as well: progressive series could challenge gender labels or consolidated social rules. This is indeed what...

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...

Not only Brides: the fundamental role of women within the Islamic State

Not only Brides: the fundamental role of women within the Islamic State
Although it is generally agreed upon that terrorism is a male phenomenon, in reality we see more and more women (and girls!) and organizations involved in terrorist activities across the globe. The use of women and girls by terrorist organizations can be interpreted as a particular form of slavery as various forms of coercion, such...

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...

Women, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: A guide to programming

Women, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: A guide to programming
Working to support the empowerment and participation of women has been recognized as necessary for promoting peace, improving governance and contributing to sustainable development. International NGOs such as CARE International and Oxfam have, for example, put gender equality and women empowerment at the centre of their global strategies, formally acknowledging that poverty is not gender-neutral....

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...

Women, peace and security in the Horn of Africa: between rhetoric and reality

Women, peace and security in the Horn of Africa: between rhetoric and reality
In 2000, the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) formalized the international community’s commitment to promoting the role of women in peace processes. The landmark resolution led to an injection of vast resources with the aim of improving the situation of women, especially in those contexts affected by war and violence. In...