Fulfilling the demands of the revolution and paving the way for a new, peaceful and prosperous Sudan

The transitional government in Sudan must overcome several obstacles to fulfill the demands of the revolution and lead the way into a democratic and prosperous Sudan. The challenges for the new government abound. It is under attack from former military cadres, who do not want to give up their power …

Sicherheit vs. Freiheit – (Un)Vereinbarkeit von demokratischen Rechten und Sicherheit in Krisenzeiten?

Sicherheitspolitik wird primär als Aufgabe der Regierung verstanden. Wenn diese in Krisenzeiten folglich die Ausweitung ihrer Kompetenzen beschließt, erscheint dies meist als legitim. Daher werden selbst in demokratisch verfassten Rechtsstaaten Verstöße gegen die Grundrechte und eine kontinuierliche Entfernung vom Rechtsstaatsprinzip in Kauf genommen. Politik in Krisenzeiten betrifft alle Mitglieder einer …

Equality and youth – the game changer for sustainable peace?

Twenty years after the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), not one country has achieved equal and full representation of either women or youth at all decision-making levels. Most parliaments remain dominated by older men, with only 25.1% of global MPs being women and just 2,2% being under …

The “Shadow Pandemic” and its implications for the MENA-region: Domestic violence on the rise

Silently, a “Shadow pandemic” has begun amidst the COVID-19 crisis: Worldwide, a rise in domestic violence has been recorded since the outbreak of COVID-19. Women in the MENA-region find themselves especially at risk. Even before COVID-19, the Eastern Mediterranean Region had the second highest prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) worldwide, …

SAFER – The looming environmental and humanitarian disaster off Yemen’s shore

A 45 year old supertanker carrying 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil is decaying just 60 kilometers off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, threatening the Yemeni population, Red Sea littoral countries and Red Sea ecosystems. The vessel was part of Yemen’s national oil infrastructure but fell …

UNSCR 1325 and nuclear weapons: the necessity of gendered (non)proliferation policy-making

        Despite the possibility of nuclear war, nuclear (non)proliferation remains an underrepresented field in the discussion on gender and conflict. On first sight, gender seems irrelevant in nuclear policy-making, given the indiscriminate suffering they cause. However, women are more heavily affected by nukes, and the power play …

The International Women, Peace and Security Policy Framework

As in all politics, in the United Nations Security Council, language is power. Gender-sensitive language is thus fundamental for gender empowerment. A successful implementation of the WPS (“Women, Peace and Security”) agenda requires that every peacekeeping operation is equipped with a proper mandate to do so. However, the inclusion of …

Women, Peace And Security —Challenges And Opportunities In Light Of The Corona Pandemic

This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It addresses how women and girls are differentially impacted by conflict and recognizes the critical role that women can and already do play in peace building efforts. As the world gets ready to deal with …