NATO REVIEW 2010
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Women and conflict: a frontline issue?
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Women and conflict: a frontline issue?
At a recent event, Patrick Cammaert, Dutch Major General (retired) said: 'It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflicts'. Woman are, through no fault of their own, on the frontline of many conflicts. They suffer disproportionately (along with children) from the effects of conflict. So we ask, 10 years on from moves to improve women's fortunes, has anything really changed?
It's been 10 years since the UN called for more women in conflict resolution, more respect for women's rights in conflicts and more women's perspectives in peacekeeping. How much has changed?
How much have women been able to make their mark on security? What kind of progress has there been in the last 10 years? We ask some women who have been able to get to the top how they see women's role in security.
NATO is changing to adapt to a new century, new challenges and new attitudes. How much can women expect to be part of NATO's vision for the future?
Margot Wallstrom, the UN's special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, outlines the major problems facing women in conflicts, why prosecutions are vital and her disappointment at progress so far.
The man seen as the 'architect' of UNSCR 1325 outlines where progress has been made in the last 10 years - and what remains to be done
How much progress is there in the fight to empower and protect women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? The Collective of Congolese Women for Peace and Justice tell Terra Robinson their story.

The first editorial I ever wrote for NATO Review stated my wish to see more women involved in the editions. I have to confess, we haven't done enough.

Although we have had contributions from luminaries such as Madeleine Albright, interviews with people like Afghanistan's only female governor and articles from leading female journalists, women still haven't been the focus as often as they should have.

Unfortunately, this situation appears to be a global one. As the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 passes, the advances that it hoped to bring for women in security seem still elusive. Just 20 countries have come up with national action plans to put the resolution into practice. Meanwhile, the terror of women caught in conflict continues in places like Congo, which some have dubbed 'rape capital of the world'.

In this edition, we ask some of the leading women in security how they see progress, what challenges remain and how they would address them. We also ask the man who many see as the architect of the resolution about whether it has lived up to the expectations he had for it.

One of the phrases that struck me most as I prepared this edition was the final sentence in my interview with Margot Wallstrom, the UN Secretary General's special representative on sexual violence in conflict. She finishes the interview by saying simply: 'Without women's security, you cannot build any security'. This may be the clearest lesson of all.

Paul King