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October 11, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
How Violent Extremist Groups Profit From the Trafficking of Girls

As the world celebrates the power and potential of girls today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we must also grapple with the significant obstacles that prevent girls from participating f…

One of the twenty-one Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram carries her baby during their visit to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Abuja, Nigeria. October 19, 2016.

September 3, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women Help Prevent Terrorism. Congress Should Encourage the Pentagon to Pay Attention.

As Congress argues over the 2020 defense authorization bill, there is one issue that should provide common ground: the benefits of investing in women’s contributions to security. The House has alread…

Female members of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces arrive in Dili to take part in the UN peacekeeping operation in East Timor. April 11, 2002.

October 1, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
The Security Implications of Human Trafficking

A new report from the Women and Foreign Policy program, launched this week, highlights the security implications of human trafficking and offers recommendations to prevent human trafficking and advan…

Women travel in a truck in the town of Mararaba after the Nigerian military recaptured it from Boko Haram. Adamawa state. May 10, 2015.

July 30, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
The 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Human trafficking is more than a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge. On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Jamille Bigio explores the security implications of huma…

Suay Ing, daughter of migrant construction workers from Myanmar, was fourteen years old when she was trafficked to Bangkok, Thailand, by a broker who promised her a job and abandoned her. May 25, 2015.

September 12, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Why Understanding the Role of Women is Vital in the Fight Against Terrorism

Eighteen years since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, violent extremism persists unabated. U.S. national security leaders have consistently neglected one vital factor: the participation of …

Women gesture as they stand together al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 2, 2019.

August 28, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
What the G7 Got Right—and Wrong—About Gender Equality

When the United States takes up leadership of the G7 next year, there’s one aspect of the French playbook it should follow: recognizing the importance of gender equality to the G7 agenda.

The faces of the G7 leaders are drawn in sand with the message "Turn the Tide for Gender Equality."

June 27, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Bipartisan Promise: The United States Will Advance Women’s Roles in Security

On June 13, CFR Senior Fellow Jamille Bigio testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on “Women in Conflict: Advancing Women's Role in Peace and Security.” During the …

CFR Senior Fellow Jamille Bigio testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on advancing women’s roles in peace and security.

June 24, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women are Critical to Ending Wars—and the Trump Administration Agrees

Earlier this month, the Donald J. Trump administration launched the new U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security. Is the new strategy a sign that the United States will finally make its own securi…

Afghan women attend the Loya Jirga in Kabul, Afghanistan. April 29, 2019.

May 3, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Controversy Over Sexual Violence in Conflict at the UN Security Council

Controversy tainted the UN Security Council’s annual debate on conflict-related sexual violence, hosted on April 23 by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The United States and other Security Council…

Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad at the UN Security Council, during a meeting about sexual violence in conflict. New York, United States. April 23, 2019.

May 21, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Women and Terrorism: Hidden Threats, Forgotten Partners

A new report from the Women and Foreign Policy program, launched this week, highlights the roles that women play in violent extremism—including as perpetrators, mitigators, and victims—and offers rec…

A woman embraces a Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter after she was evacuated with others by the SDF from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016.