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Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

Originally posted on TIME:
To the Islamic State, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they are victims. It’s time we expose their real identity: an untapped resource for creating lasting peace. Listening to and…

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Women in Scottish Politics: Travelling the Distance

Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay The announcement last week of Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership bid to replace Alex Salmond heralds an important turning point in Scottish politics: for the first time ever, three of the main Scottish parties will be led … Continue reading

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Missing Women: It’s Time for Legislative Quotas in British Politics

Originally posted on UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group:
Rosie Campbell, Sarah Childs, and Meryl Kenny and the other members of the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) Women and Politics Specialist Group Last week the Counting Women In coalition…

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Presenting Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives

Rowman & Littlefield International have launched a new series – Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives – which seeks to publish cutting-edge work on gender and political institutions. Edited by Fiona Mackay, Elin Bjarnegard and Meryl Kenny – and launched in partnership with the Feminism … Continue reading

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Where are all the women?

Originally posted on Andrew McFadyen:
The creation of the Scottish Parliament was a giant leap forward for women’s representation in Scotland. In the first Scottish Parliament elections, in 1999, 48 women were elected, out of 129 MSPs. To put this…

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Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Report from the Global Summit

The Global Summit on Sexual Violence is the largest and most high-profile event ever held on this topic. But while it has brought much needed attention to the issue of sexual violence in conflict, it has also attracted significant criticism. … Continue reading

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Forging New Paths for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court?

Originally posted on Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective:
The International Criminal Court (josef.stuefer). Retrieved from, shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. During the International Criminal Court’s first decade, Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo was strongly criticised for his failure to…

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