This year marked the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which underscores the critical role of women in building and maintaining peace. To commemorate the anniversary, UN Women released a Global Study reviewing 1325’s implementation, and government & civil society leaders worldwide gathered at the UN to discuss progress made and remaining challenges.
It is clear that we still have far to go—between 1992 and 2001, only 2% of mediators and 9% of negotiators in peace processes were women. Yet women have proven time and time again, from Syria to Egypt and across the world, that they are uniquely positioned to tackle the root causes of violence and to use their voices for human rights, peace and security. The stories we champion through our film outreach and speakers platform place women where they belong: at the center of global conversations about peace and security.
At Peace is Loud, these have been our 2015 headlines:
The Trials of Spring film series brought the stories of Arab women human rights defenders to the front page of The New York Times online and to hundreds of communities and classrooms around the world. After screening The Trials of Spring, the National Defense University was inspired to create its first-ever 12-week elective course on Women, Peace and Security.
In the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the organization Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences Sexuelles-SFVS (Women’s Synergy for Victims of Sexual Violence) coordinated 22 screenings of Pray the Devil Back to Hell through a mobile cinema program. 11,000+ people watched and discussed the film. The screenings led to an increase in the number of women running for local office.
In a media industry plagued by gender disparity, we worked with PiL speaker Karima Bennoune to book her on US News and World Report, MSNBC and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, where she contributed as an expert on women, extremism and ISIS.
And we launched a petition to demand that high-level discussions on countering violent extremism include women who are countering extremism in their home countries. Read our exclusive interview with Algerian human rights defender Cherifa Kheddar who is dedicated to this exact work, only on the PiL blog.
As we close out 2015, we send our gratitude to all women human rights defenders who are working for a more peaceful, equitable world. Happy holidays to all of our friends and colleagues across the globe, and here’s to an even brighter 2016.