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Forced Migration Review

“Forced Migration” Review provides the humanitarian community with a forum for debate on issues facing refugees and internally displaced people in order to improve policy and practice. FMR presents concise articles written by practitioners, researchers and displaced people. It is published by the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center. Full texts of articles are available online in different languages:

English: <http://www.fmreview.org>
Arabic: <www.hijra.org.uk>
Spanish: <www.migracionesforzados.org>
French: <www.migrationforcee.org>
2006

 Of War, Siege and
Lebanon: Women’s
Voices from the
Middle East and
South Asia

 

“Of War, Siege and Lebanon: Women’s voices from the Middle East and South Asia” is a collective online publication of leading women activists, academicians and writers in the Middle East and South Asia, depicting their reactions to the wars and the increasing militarism in the Middle East as well as their analysis of their impact on women activists, efforts to promote gender equality, human rights and democracy. Women and human rights activists in the region are still struggling with the long term impacts of the 2006 hostilities between Lebanon and Israel such as the increasing the right wing conservative ideologies, religious fundamentalisms and the tightening spaces for human rights and democracy, as well as the ongoing violence and militarism. The publication is now available online at http://www.wwhr.org/id_922. It includes texts by Evelyne Accad, Pinar Ilkkaracan, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Dina Siddiqi and Zeina Zaatari, compiled by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, a bi-regional network of academicians and NGOs working toward the promotion of sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies.

<http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1077985?itemId=1077985>
2006

HIV/AIDS and
Militaries in Southern Africa

 

Member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were strongly urged by a Windhoek policy advisory seminar to begin the process Southern Africa of integrating HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment into their defence and security architecture. This is one of several recommendations contained in a report of a two-day seminar, “HIV/AIDS and Militaries in Southern Africa,” convened in Windhoek by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) and the University of Namibia on 9 and 10 February 2006.

full text available online from the Centre for Conflict Resolution website
<http://ccrweb.ccr.uct.ac.za/fileadmin/template/ccr/pdf/Vol_10-
HIV_AIDS_Final_Draft.pdf
>
2006

1000
PeaceWomen
Across the Globe

“1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe” introduces the 1000 women who were collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Each peacewoman is presented with their biography. The biographies provide insight into the life and work of women engaged in social justice and peace in different countries and contexts. The biographies are arranged around ten thematic areas of work:

Reconciliation and Reconstruction, Women’s Rights—Human Rights on the Way to Gender Democracy, The Struggle for Survival: Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Economic Rights and Livelihood, Justice and Peace, Stopping the hidden war against women: Women, Health & Peace,,A Thousand Ways to Educate for a Global Culture of Peace,Women’s efforts for Environmental Justice & Ecological Security, A Cultural Conception of Peace, Politics & Governance.

The book reflects cultural differences and the different ways that women articulate their vision of peace; and presents a colorful mosaic of different styles and voices. The book is produced by Swiss publisher Kontrast and published internationally by Scalo.

“1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe” is an important reference and guide for NGOs, governments, ecumenical groups, and peace and women’s networks, as well as individuals interested in grassroots movements and the growth of democratic civil society.

Hardcover: 2208 pages, approximately 800 black and white photographs
Published by Scalo Publishers Language: English
2005

Where are all the women? U.N. Security Council
Resolution 1325:
Gender
Perspectives on
the Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict
 

In April 2003, Isha l‚Äô Isha—Haifa Feminist Center and Kayan—Feminist Organization organized the first national conference addressing the relevance of Resolution 1325 to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This collection of essays is based on lectures that were given during that conference and provides basic information about the resolution, explains its relevance to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and outlines attempts made by Israeli and Palestinian organizations to call for its implementation in the region. The essays also reveal the gendered aspects of human rights violations and describe the effects of regional armed conflict on the daily lives of Palestinian and Israeli women—including its impact on health, education and personal security. All essays are in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.

Order trough the Women, Ink wbsite
195 pages
Published by Isha l’Isha Haifa Feminist Center
2006

Inclusive Security,
Sustainable Peace:
A Toolkit for
Advocacy and
Action
 

“Inclusive Security, Sustainable Peace: A Toolkit for Advocacy and Action” is a resource for women peace builders and practitioners to effectively promote peace and security. Women Waging Peace and International Alert collaborated to produce the Toolkit, which outlines the components of peace building from conflict prevention to post-conflict reconstruction, highlights the role that women play in each phase, and is directed to women peace builders and the policy community.

The main goals of the Toolkit are to:

  • overview critical information and strategies for addressing key peace and security issues;
  • bridge the divide between the realities of peace activists in conflict, post-conflict, and transition areas, and the international practitioners and policymakers responsible for designing and implementing programs in these contexts;
  • present issues in a user-friendly manner and demystify the “policy speak” and terminology used by the international community;
  • describe how women are affected by and contribute to peacemaking, peace building, and security processes; and
  • highlight practical examples of women’s contributions and offer concrete, feasible steps for fostering their empowerment.

Available as full text online at
Published by the Women Waging Peace Network
2004
  Jaya Iyer’s discussion paper describes the theory and practice of “Theatre ofthe Oppressed” and its relevance as a tool to tackle contemporary socialconflicts. Through a core workshop, Iyer transmits purposive theatre skills to field-level workers from various parts of India. The workshop is experiential and interactive, drawing participants into active dialogue. This leads to healing— at the level of self as well as at the level of society, Iyer proposes that peace-building at a wider level presupposes peace within the individual self/selves.

More information at the WISCOMP website
Published by Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace publications
2006

The documentary “PEACE BY PEACE: Women on the Frontlines” was filmed by PEACE X PEACE as its first action in the world to redefine peace as the components of harmonious and just societies, such as financial equity, restorative justice, rights of education and speech, inclusive governments, and more. It also shows that women are on the ground working for these components of peace every day around the world, and that those methods of peacebuilding need to be supported.

Narrated by Actress Jessica Lange, the documentary had its world premier at United Nations Headquarters in 2003 on the third anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace, and Security.” It has since been seen in countless nations and in venues that include private home viewings, educational institutions, and television broadcasts around the world.

The documentary, filmed through 2002-03, is available in an 86-minute-version which includes in-depth reportage from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzeg ovina, Burundi, and the United States. It is also available in a 55-minute-version that was shown on PBS stations across the U.S. and Canada.

Order from the Peace X Peace website
2003

This issue of Development titled “On peacebuilding through justice” is timed to be published when the United Nations Millennium Summit is held in New York, September 2005. It is difficult to predict the outcome of the Summit, but like the debate over the Millennium Development Goals, many within the international system are fearing that this Summit is one of the last moments to defend the multilateral development agenda and the role of the UN in peacekeeping.

Development 48.3 explores how the security agenda is intertwined with the development agenda. They are not only two pillars of the multilateral system, along with human rights, but those working on development and peacebuilding share a sense of growing pessimism and mistrust in transnational institutions being able to deliver.

The articles are written by those involved in conflicts and in the politics of post-conflict reconstruction in regions of the global south as well as in the East and Middle East. They raise many of the issues familiar to Development readers. Given the concerns to be raised at the Millennium Summit it is critical that the links between the poverty trap and what the World Bank in 1997 labeled the ‘conflict trap’ are explored.

Web Resources

  From War to Peace
URL: <http://www.ipb.org/web/seccion.php?tipus=Publications-Catalogue>

This handbook examines the lessons learned from achievements and failures in peace agreements over the past decade, drawing on nine specific country studies of transitions from armed conflict to peace. It is intended as a practical handbook for peace negotiators (either governmental or non-state actors).

Published by the International Peace Bureau (IPB)
41, Rue de Zurich; CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 (22) 731 64 29; Fax: + 41 (22) 738 94 19
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website: http://www.ipb.org
2004, 186pp

 

Peace Is Possible
URL: <http://www.peaceispossible.info>

Available in 17 languages, this book complies 30 short, popular accounts of successful peacemaking written for the general public. This include frank and personal insights from leading peacemakers such as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Joseph Rotbalt, and Jody Williams, with appeal to a wide circle of readers, young and old.

Published by the International Peace Bureau (IPB)
41, Rue de Zurich; CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 (22) 731 64 29; Fax: + 41 (22) 738 94 19
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament
URL: <http://www.ipb.org/pdf/CATALOGUE_Oct2006.pdf>

An annual information pack on women’s peace work around the world. 2006 edition focuses on women’s struggles against violence in Eastern Europe (including information on IPB’s own women’s programme). Published by IPB and International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

International Peace Bureau (IPB)
41, Rue de Zurich; CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 (22) 731 64 29; Fax: + 41 (22) 738 94 19
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website: http://www.ipb.org
2006, 30pp

Beyond Conflict Prevention: How Women Prevent Violence and Build Sustainable Peace
U R L : <http://www.globalactionpw.org/Resolution1325 /CONFLICT_PREVENTION_REPORT.pdf>

This book presents the diverse contributions of women to conflict prevention, as traditionally defined by global policymakers and framed by the principles of human security and women’s experiences. The book combines desk-based research and a series of interviews with women peacebuilders from around the globe. It is hoped that the presentation of their views, knowledge, experience and recommendations assists advocacy efforts to promote women’s participation in conflict prevention.

The book outlines key (1) policies and tools to promote women’s role in conflict prevention and the relevant actors and their activities at the international, regional, and national level; (2) women’s contributions to operational conflict prevention, specifically early warning and response, as well as a discussion of gender-sensitive indicators of conflict; (3) women’s activities for structural prevention, framed around the pillars of post-conflict reconstruction; (4) examples of women’s contributions to human security, extending beyond traditional definitions of conflict prevention; and (5) the “best practices” and specific strategies to support and enhance women’s efforts in all types and phases of conflict prevention.

To request a hard copy, contact:
Global Action to Prevent War
675 Third Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10017

  A Position paper for the Sixth Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325
URL:      <http://www.womenofburma.org/Statement&Release/1325lobby2006.pdf>

“Women demand an immediate end to war crimes in Burma” is the title of the position paper prepared by the Women’s League of Burma (WLB) for the Sixth Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) in October 23-27, 2006.

WLB calls on the Security Council to intervene in Burma based on Security Council Resolution 1325, Articles 9, 10, 11 & 12 as well as to ensure all parties involved to comply with Security Council Resolution 1325, Articles 1, 7, 8, 13.

  Women Defending Peace – International Conference Report
URL: <https://www.womenforpeaceinternational.org/EN/News/Publications.aspx>

Held in Geneva, Switzerland on November 22-24, 2004, the Conference Women Defending Peace was initiated and called for by women and men who have recognised the importance of creating and intensifying efforts to achieve peace. In this context, countless examples illustrate women’s invaluable role in periods of crisis. Their solidarity particularly transcends differences in religion, ethnicity and nationality, thus providing a valuable springboard for remarkable and creative ways to achieve peace and reconciliation. The Conference was a renewed opportunity to call on women and men to work together in partnerships designed to end situations that lead to despair, and to restore a sense of human dignity as well as respect for the human rights of all individuals.

  Faces: Women as Partners in Peace Security
URL:

The report aims to highlight the important role that women can play in international peace and security. The publication features profiles of women from all parts of the world working in these fields, as police officers, HIV/AIDS educators, peace-builders, election workers, humanitarian workers. Published by the United Nations Department of Public Information in October 2004.


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