Event at Harvard University: From the Frontlines: Women Battle War

January 8th, 2015

Join us in person or watch online.

The Institute of Politics, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership and the Women and Public Policy Program present

From the Frontlines: Women Battle War

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:00pm — 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Where: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, 1st Floor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

*The event is open to the public.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #wagingpeace.

unnamedSuraya Pakzad of Afghanistan speaks at the 2014 JFK Jr. Forum, “Can Women Stop War?,” alongside Irene Santiago of The Philippines and Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda. The event was moderated by Ambassador Swanee Hunt (far left) and also featured women leaders from Colombia and Syria.

Across the globe, women are mobilizing against the violence and insecurity tearing apart their communities and nations. In Syria, they are standing up to the advance of the Islamic State. When tribes clash in Kenya or Nigeria, they are the first to say “Enough.” Facing grave risks, women make peace stick by bridging ruinous divides.

For the 16th annual forum in this “Inclusive Security” series, join senior government and civil society leaders as they speak about their experiences preventing violence, ending conflict, and defying extremism. Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, will moderate the discussion with experts from Brazil, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria.

The Institute for Inclusive Security
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Call for submissions

January 4th, 2015
Call for Papers
International Journal of Gender & Women’s Studies
ISSN: 2333-6021 (Print) 2333-603X (Online)
International Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies  is an interdisciplinary international journal which publishes articles relating to gender and sex from a feminist perspective covering a wide range of subject areas including the social and natural sciences, the arts, the humanities and popular culture. The journal seeks articles from around the world that examine gender and the social construction of relationships among genders. In drafting papers authors should consider the readability of their paper for readers outside of their discipline. Articles appearing in Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies analyze gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces. The journal primarily publishes empirical articles, which are both theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous, including qualitative, quantitative, and comparative methodologies. The journal also publishes reviews of books from a diverse array of social science disciplines.
The journal is published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development that serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world.
The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at editor@aripd.org. Please indicate the name of the journal (International Journal of Gender & Women’s Studies) in the cover letter or simply put ‘International Journal of Gender & Women’s Studies ’ in the subject box during submission via e-mail.
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IJGWS is inviting papers for Vol. 3, No. 1. The online publication date is March 31, 2015. Submission Deadline:February 15, 2015.
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Article of Note

January 4th, 2015

Health and the Political Agency of Womenamerican economic journal

by Sonia Bhalotra and Irma Clots-Figueras

The authors investigate whether women’s political representation in state legislatures improves public provision of antenatal and childhood health services in the districts from which they are elected, arguing that the costs of poor services in this domain fall disproportionately upon women. Using large representative data samples from India and accounting for potential endogeneity of politician gender and the sample composition of births, they find that a 10 percentage point increase in women’s representation results in a 2.1 percentage point reduction in neonatal mortality, and we elucidate mechanisms. Women’s political representation may be an underutilized tool for addressing health in developing countries.

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6 (2), 2014: 164-197. [not open access]

Org Spotlight: Aurat Foundation

January 1st, 2015


Aurat Foundation

Established in 1986, as a national, non-profit, non-governmental organization under the Societies’ Registration Act 1860, Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation (Aurat Foundation/AF) is committed to create widespread awareness and commitment for a just, democratic and caring society in Pakistan, where women and men are recognised as equals, with the right to lead their lives with self-respect and dignity. Over the last 28 years, Aurat Foundation has come to be recognised nationally and internationally as one of the leading institutions creating, facilitating and strengthening civil society groups and networks for promoting trust and collaboration among citizens to mobilize public pressure for women’s empowerment in the country.

 Aurat Foundation has its Head Office in Islamabad, and five regional offices in the provincial capitals in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar ,Quetta and Gilgit, and 37 Field Offices. Further, it has a countrywide network of voluntary citizens’ groups and individual activists in 128 districts in the country. These groups include Citizens Action Committees (CACs), Resource Groups and Aurat Foundation Resource Centres (AF-RCs) and Information Network Centres (INCs).

The Foundation has also emerged as a major support institution for civil society organisations working for social change at the community level.

 The goals of the Foundation are to:

  • To enable women to acquire great access to knowledge, resources and institutions;
  • To influence attitudes and behavior for a social environment responsive to women’s concerns and people-centred issues;
  • To facilitate citizens’ active participation in the process of social change and governance at all level.

Article of Note

December 29th, 2014

Improving Maternal Health in Pakistan: Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Social Determinants of Poor Women’s Access to Maternal Health Services

by Zubia Mumtaz, PhD, MPH, MBBS, Sarah Salway, PhD, MSc, Afshan Bhatti, MBA, MSc, Laura Shanner, PhD, Shakila Zaman, MD, PhD, Lory Laing, PhD, and George T. H. Ellison, PhD, DSc, MSc americanjournalofpublichealth

Evidence suggests national- and community-level interventions are not reaching women living at the economic and social margins of society in Pakistan. We conducted a 10-month qualitative study (May 2010–February 2011) in a village in Punjab, Pakistan. Data were collected using 94 in-depth interviews, 11 focus group discussions, 134 observational sessions, and 5 maternal death case studies. Despite awareness of birth complications and treatment options, poverty and dependence on richer, higher-caste people for cash transfers or loans prevented women from accessing required care. There is a need to end the invisibility of low-caste groups in Pakistani health care policy. Technical improvements in maternal health care services should be supported to counter social and economic marginalization so progress can be made toward Millennium Development Goal 5 in Pakistan.

Org Spotlight: Figi Women’s Rights Movement

December 26th, 2014

The Fiji Women’s Rights MovementFWRM


The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) was founded in 1986. In 2001, FWRM drafted a constitution and registered it under relevant Fiji legislation. The multiethnic and multicultural FWRM’s purpose is to “work toward the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, promote the equality of women, and support democracy and human rights in all areas of life in Fiji and the Pacific Island region”.

FWRM is a non-governmental organization that works through institutional reforms and attitudinal changes in order to remove discrimination against women. FWRM promotes feminism, democracy, the rule of law, good governance, and human rights, while striving for ways to provide leadership opportunities for women in Fiji.

Objectives of FWRM are:

  1. To publicly address all issues affecting women’s human rights, status and opportunity within Fiji including cultural, domestic, legal, social, health, economic, employment, religious and political situations
  2. To advocate improved policy and legislation on issues affecting women’s rights
  3. To promote equal access to services by women and equal opportunity through appropriate enabling actions
  4. To ensure the Movement remains a well managed and sustainable organization, giving leadership opportunities to women, networking and sharing experiences with others in the Pacific, regionally and internationally

In 2011, FWRM released Herstory: Celebrating 25 Years of Balancing the Scales, a chronicle of the most significant moments of the Movement’s history. Herstory begins with by describing how a group of 56 women gathered to discuss how change could be made in order to combat the patriarchy. Milestones, such as the Family Law Act of 2003, illustrate the continued perseverance that the organization displays in order to see action taken. The report ends with quotations from those who believe in the Movement.

FWRM looks forward to their next quarter century of operation. They believe in their continued ability to make a difference, because of their past ability to make positive progress during coups and even despite being persecuted by the military.


DC event

December 23rd, 2014

Scaling the Mountain: Women, Health, and the Environment in Nepal

January 07, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Global Sustainability and Resilience Program
Asia Program

In the foothills of Nepal, extreme deforestation has pushed many rural communities onto marginal lands. A growing population and the impacts of climate change are increasing the challenges these communities face. Efforts to increase the resilience of communities have found success by integrating traditionally separate development objectives, like natural resource management and health care, under one program.

Join us for a discussion about two of these efforts with Judy Oglethorpe of WWF’s Hariyo Ban Program, which is working to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal by empowering local communities through sound conservation and livelihood approaches, and Rishi Bastakoti, who will discuss his work with RIMS Nepal, a project highlighted in the recent ECSP film,Scaling the Mountain, which combines conservation efforts with reproductive health services. Following the presentations, A. Tianna Scozzaro, population and climate associate at Population Action International, will talk about how these and other population, health, and environment (PHE) projects offer an opportunity for the reproductive health and climate change adaptation sectors to work together to improve people’s lives.

Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast atWilsonCenter.org (not every event is webcast live; archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date).

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @NewSecurityBeat and find related coverage on our blog at NewSecurityBeat.org.


Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to Benjamin.Dills@wilsoncenter.org. Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Event Speakers List:
  • Chief of Party, Hariyo Ban Program, World Wildlife Fund
  • Population and Climate Associate, Population Action International

Reports on Population Council Research

December 21st, 2014


Ethiopian Projects Build Girls’ Assets to Help Them Avoid HIV, Other Risks

Recent results from three Population Council projects in Ethiopia demonstrate that HIV prevention programs shaped by evidence and designed for replication and scale-up can reach large numbers of the girls and young women at greatest risk and increase their ability to avoid infection.

HIV is the leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 in Eastern and Southern Africa. Despite decades of investment and substantial progress against HIV, adolescent girls remain disproportionately at risk of infection. Few programs have taken a “whole girl” approach to addressing the multiple vulnerabilities to HIV infection—social isolation, economic insecurity, lack of access to services, and sexual and gender-based violence—experienced by the most marginalized adolescent girls in the poorest communities in Africa.

Building the Assets to Thrive: Addressing the HIV-related Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia is a comprehensive review of three programs conducted and evaluated by the Population Council and the Ethiopian
government: Biruh Tesfa, Meseret Hiwott, and Addis Birhan. These programs seek to reduce Ethiopian girls’ HIV risk by using similar methods to engage girls—and, in the case of one program, the males who play a role in their health and well-being.

These programs enroll socially isolated girls (or their husbands) using recruitment strategies that account for girls’ limited movement outside the household and their relative lack of power in decision making. Girls meet in small groups, in safe public spaces, where they receive social support, information, and services. The programs focus on building sustainable individual protective assets such as self-esteem, problem solving abilities, confidence, and social networks supporting
increased education and economic participation. They also link socially isolated girls both to higher-status adult female mentors who can serve as their advocates and to community institutions and services.

To read the full report click here.

National Action Plan Resource Center

December 21st, 2014
Announcing the National Action Plan Resource Center
Institute for Inclusive Security Logo

National Action Plan Resource Center

We’re pleased to launch an exciting platform for advancing women’s inclusion in peace and security. The National Action Plan Resource Center is an interactive hub for learning new strategies and sharing analysis, tools, and lessons learned for putting UN Security Council Resolution 1325 into practice.

With up-to-date information on the state of national action plans (NAPs) worldwide—including news on the latest countries to adopt NAPs—the Resource Center keeps you in the know. It showcases major highlights, as well as in-depth analysis, about each of the 48-and-counting nations that have formally adopted inclusive policies.

What difference can this make? Resolution 1325 is more than just a piece of paper; it’s a global commitment to changing the lives of women and men living in volatile areas. To showcase how this document can translate to meaningful impact, the Resource Center presents four stories that demonstrate how national action plans can make a difference in people’s lives. Follow the paths of four people as they walk toward better security for all.

The Resource Center features an extensive library of reports and articles that shed light on how to designimplement, and measure the impact of a national action plan. Whether you’re determining how best to evaluate your existing NAP or trying to build the political will for your country to adopt a plan, you’ll find the guidance you need.

Just getting started on your NAP journey? Take our interactive training course to familiarize yourself with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and national action plans. This 30-minute module will help you understand why NAPs are important and how you can advocate for women’s participation in your own country.

Click here to take our quiz on UNSCR 1325 >>

We intend to build a community—from government, civil society, and beyond—that shares a commitment to building stability through inclusive policies and practices. Our vision is for this Resource Center to build upon and share the tremendous contributions of other pioneers. Please send us your feedback and suggestions; together we can realize the promise of truly inclusive security worldwide.

The National Action Plan Resource Center would not be possible without generous support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We also rely on additionalpartners around the world who are generating meaningful analysis and assembling resources on this issue, such as Peacewomen.org.

Org Spotlight: ASOMOBI

December 19th, 2014

La Asociación de Mujeres Organizadas de Biolley 




La Asociación de Mujeres Organizadas de Biolley (ASOMOBI), translated as Organized Women’s Association of Biolley, was founded in 1997 by a group of women from the community of Biolley, Costa Rica. The founders had a shared desire to fight to improve the lives of families in the community and surrounding towns. ASOMOBI receives financial and technical support from national and international donors who believe in the capacity and leadership of the group.

In an attempt to extend benefits to families, roasting coffee is grown by families and husbands. ASOMOBI also focuses on rural tourism around coffee and other attractions in the area, including development projects centered on ecotourism.

ASOMOBI’s objectives are to build capacity for their members, strengthen rural community tourism, establish conditions for sustainability in operations for ASOMOBI coffee, promote conservation measures, and strengthen the administrative and operational capacity of the organization.

They operate under the mission:

“We are a group of women organized community Biolley we seek to improve the quality of life for our families and the natural and social environment through the sale of products and services and working with the forces of the community.”

Currently ASOMOBI is working to rebuild operations after a fire in 2012, which destroyed Posada Rural Cerro Biolley, leading reduced operational capacity for ASOMOBI specifically and decreased tourism, and increased unemployment for the entire community.