First guidelines for gender sensitive policing in South East Europe

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security

The Women Police Officers Network in South East Europe with the support of UNDP/SEESAC launched Guidelines for Gender Sensitive Policing with Particular Focus on Recruitment, Selection and Professional Development of Women in Police Services. The Guidelines propose a set of simple and low cost measures to help police services in South East Europe attract and… Read more »

Young women and men say no to kidnapping (a.k.a. “bridenapping”)

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Filed under: Central Asia Development 2.0 Gender equality Human rights Peace and security

I want to talk about the suicide of three Kyrgyz young women, Venera, age 20, Nurzat, 19, and Yrys, also 19. After they were kidnapped (or “bridenapped” as it’s known when a young woman is kidnapped for marriage), Venera hanged herself in December 2010, Nurzat hanged herself in March 2011, and Yrys committed suicide in… Read more »

When the Swedish armed forces have designs on gender equality

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security

Question: How do you know when gender equality is truly embedded in your country’s armed forces? Answer: When a high-ranking male officer serves coffee to a delegation at an official meeting. This is what happened during a study visit to the Swedish armed forces and the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations, organized for representatives of… Read more »

Why do we trivialize domestic violence?

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security

A recent UNDP study on violence against women (pdf) and domestic violence in Montenegro revealed alarming data about gender-based violence. The study shows that 91.7 percent of Montenegrins believe domestic violence is omnipresent in the country, a number that tells us people are aware of domestic violence and know how to identify it. However, every fourth… Read more »

Why more women in politics? Ask Men

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Filed under: Gender equality Governance Social inclusion

What do Jose Mendes Bota, Pieter van Geel, and Ryszard Kalisz have in common? They are three Members of Parliament in Europe who will be working alongside UNDP in Georgia next week to promote gender equality in political participation during a discussion with the country’s political leaders and civil society representatives. As Georgia prepares for… Read more »

How to promote UN conventions on marriage and family, AND get marriage proposals

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Filed under: Gender equality Governance Human rights Social inclusion

  When I was requested to provide a learning session on United Nations conventions on issues of family and marriage for decision-makers in Uzbekistan – parliamentarians, local authorities, representatives of the Women’s Committee, and members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry – the last thing I expected was getting proposals of blind dates with… Read more »