WFM-IGP Commemorates International Women's Day

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A woman holds her daughter in a Ukrainian refugee camp. © Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko

 Sunday, 8 March, 2015 

The world is facing an increasing number of new armed conflict situations, all characterized by widespread sexual and gender-based violence. Gender crimes, rape and other forms of sexual violence are near endemic to conflict and are intentionally used as tools of warfare to terrorize, degrade and punish communities. They also disproportionately affect women.  

As a global leader in building strategic civil society networks for concerted action on peace, human rights and justice issues, the World Federalist Movement- Institute for Global policy (WFM-IGP) focuses on advancing women’s rights in the human security arena. Through its International Democratic Governance (IDG) Program, WFM-IGP advocates  a meaningful and constructive relationship between UNWomen and civil society so to ensure effective implementation of the strategic planning of the agency in the field and that gender is mainstreamed throughout the UN system. 

 

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security (2000) was the first time that the Security Council recognized the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls, as well as the under-representation of women as actors within conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping operations, and peacebuilding initiatives. Subsequently in 2005, all governments agreed to the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), a landmark commitment to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. 

WFM-IGP’s program, theInternational Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) brings together nongovernmental organizations from around the world to collectively advance the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) norm that aspires to prevent and halt genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing. ICRtoP draws a connection between women and their important role in the prevention of RtoP crimes.  

In addition, WFM-IGP’s program on the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) works to support the ratification and Implementation of the Rome Statute. WFM-IGP Deputy Director, Jelena Pia Comella said: “International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate accomplishments and advancements for women’s rights, but it is also a time to recognize that much work remains to be done, especially regarding sexual and gender-based violence during conflict.  The Rome Statute, with its special gender-related provisions, is an important tool for holding perpetrators of such crimes accountable.”   

Gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights is a cross cutting issue that is central to WFM-IGP’s mission of advancing the global promise of peace and achieving a safer and more just world, and is imperative to durable peace, security and sustainable development. 

To learn more about WFM-IGP and how you can get involved, please visit http://www.wfm-igp.org/content/take-action

 

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