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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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July 24, 2015

Women cross for peace

by Amelie Clemot

Thirty women from 15 different countries crossed the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on May 24, 2015. Today, July 23rd, 5 of these women presented their expedition at the UNHQ. For a trip that barely exceeded a week, it took countless hours of negotiation and planning. In fact, they didn't receive the full green light until they were in Beijing waiting to fly into Pyongyang. To make their trip possible, they had to get the UN command to foster an agreement between North and South Korea and talk both governments into welcoming them ...

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July 15, 2015

End violence against women and girls

In response to an invitation to tell the world why they believe in a future free from violence against women and girls for Orange Day, July 25, to make a short video focusing on their vision for a world without violence against women and girls. Our interns made a video. You can too! Make and post a video. Share the link on Twitter on July 25.

 

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as : a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. 

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June 25, 2015

Legally binding obligations to fight violence against women and girls

by Nathan Jumper

Orange Day BannerOn this Orange Day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls, here's a proposal for another step in that effort.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur* on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls within the UN human rights system.

This legal instrument would provide a clear, normative framework for the protection of women and girls in order to ensure that States are held accountable to humanitarian standards that are legally binding. A monitoring body would be ...

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June 20, 2015

End sexual violence in armed conflict

by Sarah Hoyle, Willa Van Camp, Amelie Clemot

The General Assembly of the UN met today and named June 19th as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Many representatives spoke to reiterate the fact that this day should stand out from the others as a rallying cry to end the devastating epidemic of sexual violence in war.

The the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura stated that “This annual commemoration will serve as a global call to action for security, justice and service actors on behalf of survivors ...

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June 12, 2015

Making It Work

by Sarah Hoyle

On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a presentation about the Making it Work initiative. This initiative was begun in partnership with countries around the world that had developed best practices to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities and empower them to assert their rights.

These women and girls need legal advocates and access to justice, since often times the ones abusing them are the very people who should be their legal guardians. These women ...

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