Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

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Nothing Less Than Equality and a Seat at the Table for Youth

Source: UN Women

UN Women, in collaboration with ITU (the UN agency for information and communication technologies), and youth and gender equality activists around the world, celebrated International Youth Day on 12 August with a virtual event. Co-hosted by international activist and Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, the event featured performances by international artists and vibrant conversations about social justice, peace and security and the impact of COVID-19 on youth.

Read more and watch the event here.

No Peace Without Rights: Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons as a Barrier to the Implementation of WPS Commitments in Poland

Source: LSE WPS Centre / Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos

In Poland, the 2020 Pride month coincided with the month of an electoral campaign ahead of the Presidential elections. The campaign was marked by frequent attacks on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer (LGBTQ) community – including the incumbent President’s statement that “LGBT are not people – it is an ideology”. As the country is experiencing a wave of protests denouncing the government’s anti-LGBTQ policies, and an arrest of a trans activist, Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos examines why the institutionalisation of homophobia and transphobia in Poland is a security issue, which undermines Poland’s ability to fulfil its Women and Peace and Security (WPS) obligations.

Read the article here.