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 January 22 to February 6, was compiled with support from Becky Allen, Alexandra Bro, and Anne Connell.
Seventeen years after the passage of the first United Nations Security Council resolution to acknowledge that women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution and their protection from violence advance global security, progress is uneven. New research from the Council on Foreign Relations finds that women still represent fewer than 5 percent of signatories to peace agreements and 8 percent of negotiators, and only 3 percent of UN military peacekeepers and 10 percent of UN police personnel are women. Here are some of the latest efforts to increase women’s participation in peace and security and improve their protection.
In addition to a sharp economic downturn, Venezuela faces a humanitarian crisis. The United States can do little to prevent a downward spiral, but it should take measures to mitigate the political, economic, and humanitarian consequences of a potential mass emigration.