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Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part IV – Lessons Through a Gender Lens: The Efforts and Failures of UNMISS

April 10, 2018

By Caitlyn OFlaherty Shockingly gruesome violence has defined South Sudan since civil war broke out in 2013, only two years after it gained independence. Over 50,000 people have been killed since, including tens of thousands of civilians. Over 4 million have been displaced. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was established in 2011 … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part IV – Lessons Through a Gender Lens: The Efforts and Failures of UNMISS”


Frustrating anniversaries: International Women's Day and international action on women, peace, and security

March 8, 2015

By Melissa Guinan: Each year around March 8, International Women’s Day, op-ed pages and Twitter streams burst with celebrations of women’s achievements, calls to action on women’s rights and gender equality. This year, speeches and reports gave a nod to two important anniversaries in 2015: the twentieth anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women and … Continue reading “Frustrating anniversaries: International Women's Day and international action on women, peace, and security”


General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military

June 25, 2014

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife Interview conducted on 8 May 2014. Graduating from military college in 1960 with a commission in the Canadian Army, John de Chastelain rose quickly through the ranks. In 1989, he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). During his tenure, the Canadian military was … Continue reading “General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military”


"On the real terms of equality"

May 30, 2014

By Jill S. Russell: Surveying the landscape of current news stories on women is grim. There were the raped and lynched Indian girls, the stoned pregnant Pakistani woman, Farzana Parveen, a victim of honour killing and the 270 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. The list continues with threats to lash Iranian actress Leila Hatami; the pregnant Merium … Continue reading “"On the real terms of equality"”


"Chasing Misery." Interview with Kelsey Hoppe

May 6, 2014

By Tom Colley, Assistant Editor, Strife. Interview conducted on 21 April 2014. Kelsey Hoppe has just released her book, ‘Chasing Misery: an anthology of women working in humanitarian responses’. You can find more details about the book here. Hoppe currently works for the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), an organisation of international NGOs providing humanitarian assistance in Pakistan. Previously, … Continue reading “"Chasing Misery." Interview with Kelsey Hoppe”


‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring

March 27, 2014

By Jill S. Russell: I attended last week a very interesting panel discussion on the Arab Spring [1], its meanings and the response it deserves. A theme that was shared across the panel was that the West [2] owed the movement its support because the latter was promoting the values held to be sacred by … Continue reading “‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring”


Believing in the Strength of a Woman: Can Central African Republic (CAR) finally be saved?

March 14, 2014

By Patricia Nangiro: Gone are the days when the thought of a woman in public leadership sent doubt signals to men and women alike. More so, in a conflict-affected context like Central African Republic (CAR), her capacity to lead and make critical decisions on behalf of the people would automatically be put to question or … Continue reading “Believing in the Strength of a Woman: Can Central African Republic (CAR) finally be saved?”


From Syria to Sochi: The increasing role of women in terrorism

January 31, 2014

By Joana Cook As the opening ceremony to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi quickly approaches, the security of both athletes and attendees remain at the forefront of international scrutiny in the wake of three recent bombings which killed 37 people. Last weekend in Geneva, peace talks began in an attempt to negotiate an end … Continue reading “From Syria to Sochi: The increasing role of women in terrorism”


Women in peacemaking: a legacy of Nelson Mandela

December 11, 2013

by Dr. Georgina Holmes Nelson Mandela’s philosophy towards conflict resolution has had a profound impact on international peacemaking processes, but it was his policy of inclusion that opened doors for women. Six months after the end of his presidential term in December 1999, Mandela was appointed as the new mediator in Burundi’s faltering peace process. … Continue reading “Women in peacemaking: a legacy of Nelson Mandela”


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