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A U.N. worker wears a U.N. helmet with the word "peace" written on it in Martissant, Haiti. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

UN Peacekeeping Recognizes that Women are Key to Lasting Peace amid COVID-19

The contributions of women peacekeepers are critical in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as peace operations protect civilians where violence continues, and support ongoing peace processes and elections as they adjust to coronavirus-related constraints. Read More

Coronavirus
Investment in Childcare Key to Private Sector's COVID-19 Response
Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is authored by Hans Peter Lankes, vice president of economics and private sector development, International Finance Corporation (IFC). 
Coronavirus
Millions at Risk of Gender-Based Violence if COVID-19 Pandemic is Prolonged
Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is authored by Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Defense and Security
Lawmakers Should Push the Pentagon to Draw on Women’s Contributions to Security
As Congress drafts this year’s defense spending bills, lawmakers should increase their support for a proven way to boost national security: fostering and drawing upon women’s contributions. 
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    Countering the Female ISIS Threat in Indonesia
    "Measuring Up" features new and cutting-edge research related to the status of women and girls, and identifies how evidence-based findings can inform and evaluate policy approaches to global challenges. This piece is authored by Mercedes Fitchett, Acquisition Program Manager in the Department of the Air Force.
  • Afghanistan
    Women This Week: Attack on Maternity Ward in Kabul
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 7 to May 15, was compiled by Maleeha Coleburn and Rebecca Turkington.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Ambassadors for Gender Equality: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter
    Since the United States appointed the first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues in 2009, ten more countries have followed, creating new posts focused on women's rights and gender equality. Advancing gender equality in foreign policy—including through these envoy posts—is a smart investment with knock-on effects for global prosperity and stability.
  • Sudan
    Women This Week: Sudan Passes Landmark Law on Female Genital Mutilation
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. In the coming weeks the series will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic affects women. This week’s post was compiled by Maleeha Coleburn and Rebecca Turkington.
  • South Korea
    Women This Week: South Korea Elects Record Number of Women
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. In the coming weeks the series will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic affects women. This week’s post was compiled by Maleeha Coleburn and Rebecca Turkington.
  • Human Trafficking
    COVID-19 and Modern Slavery: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future of the Fight
    This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to curb trafficking and modern slavery.
  • India
    Five Questions on COVID-19 in India: Reema Nanavaty
    The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancement of women and girls worldwide. In this interview, Alyssa Ayres asks Reema Nanavaty, director of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India, about how the COVID-19 lockdown is affecting women in the informal economy.