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Upcoming Regional Women Mediators Networks Meeting: Strengthening Global Connections for Inclusive Peacemaking

Upcoming Regional Women Mediators Networks Meeting: Strengthening Global Connections for Inclusive Peacemaking

Thursday, 18 Oct 2018

​​On 23-25 October, there will be a gathering of regional women mediator networks in New York. The meeting is organized as a collaborative effort between by Femwise-Africa, the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN), the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM), and the Women Meditators across the Commonwealth (WMC). It is hosted by the International Peace Institute (IPI).

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PRIO contributes to Conference on Women, Peace and Security 2018

PRIO contributes to Conference on Women, Peace and Security 2018

Monday, 15 Oct 2018
The Swedish Chief of Defence, General Micael Bydén, hosted a conference on Women, Peace and Security in Sweden October 1-3. Presenters included the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist. The importance of senior leadership when promoting gender equality in military organizations took centre stage. Participants involved senior leaders, researchers, and experts.

PRIO Senior Researcher Dr. Louise Olsson presented together with Rebecca Blum, Senior Analyst at the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations, on the rationale and content of the UN resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and their meaning for military objectives and responsibilities. As the focus now turns from primarily considering gender in the context of peace operations to considerations for national defence, discussions focused on women’s recruitment and retention, and considerations on differences in risk, including sexual violence, and attitudes to defence among male and female populations.



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New Blog on Nobel Peace Prize and #MeToo Movement

New Blog on Nobel Peace Prize and #MeToo Movement

Tuesday, 09 Oct 2018

​"While this Nobel Peace Prize is by no means a #metoo prize, there are features of the movement that are compatible with the fight against conflict-related sexual violence," writes Inger Skjelsbæk, Research Professor at PRIO, in a new PRIO Blogs post about the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their work in bringing attention to sexual violence in armed conflict.

Read the full blog post here.

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Links Roundup: Research on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Links Roundup: Research on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Monday, 08 Oct 2018

​PRIO has long been a leader in researching gender-based violence in conflicts; this issue has been the subject of extensive research interest at PRIO. For that reason, PRIO researchers were thrilled to see the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize go to Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their work combating sexual violence. We have compiled a list of PRIO-related publications and researchers relevant to this topic in anticipation of increased interest.

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PRIO Congratulates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

PRIO Congratulates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Friday, 05 Oct 2018
​Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018, ‘for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict’. Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, called the winners ‘the helper … [and] the witness’ in their common fight against sexual violence.

PRIO Director Henrik Urdal had placed Mukwege and Murad on his Nobel Peace Prize shortlist this year, and said it was well-deserved: ‘This is a prize to hold perpetrators of sexual violence in war accountable.’ Mukwege has been on the PRIO Director’s shortlists for the Peace Prize since 2010.

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