On Wednesday 17 June, the BIC-RHR in collaboration with Friends of Europe is going to host a Webinar “From conception to inclusion: 20 years into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”. The event will be held online from 18.00 to 19.00.
“When joining the FARC, women like me felt empowered by showing to our male peers that we were capable of being harsh fighters, of thinking strategically and of working as agents, rather than helpers”.
Today, the European Commission launched its Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, which outlines a set of key actions on gender equality and women`s empowerment. Under the lead of Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, and with support of the newly created Task-Force on Equality, the Commission will integrate a gender perspective in all EU planned action, policy or programme, mainstreaming gender in all areas and at all levels before any decisions are made.
The role of women in Yemen has transformed throughout the conflict period. For a country that consistently suffers to uphold and promote the rights of women, there are those individuals and groups who prevail. This chapter will explore the changing roles of women in Yemen, and how the perceptions of women in peacebuilding contexts have transformed between the time of the postArab Spring peace negotiations in the National Dialogue council, into the role that women take in today’s conflict.
In brief, security is a process of political ordering. In addition, it is connected with established power relations, hierarchical gender norms and inequalities, all in highly masculinized structures, where ideas of hegemonic masculinity overshadow conceptions of femininity. In these male-dominated structures, women are regularly excluded, under-represented and marginalized.