Trafficking in Human Beings, particularly women and children - Another dimension

8 November 2005
On the 5th anniversary of the 1325 UN Resolution, calling for women's equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security, it has been hugely important to debate actual improvements and changes. Highlighting enduring obstacles has served as a reminder of the need to continue fighting for the participation of women in peace-building.

One obstacle this blog has not yet covered in detail is the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings. As victims of trafficking are mainly women, the silence around the issue could be seen as an expression of a lack of gender sensitivity in some quarters.

Adding to this concern is the fact that not only ‘gender-insensitive’ studies and analyses leave out the issue. Critical assessments being voiced from a gender perspective, e.g. Boge & Spelten’s chapter on the lack of gender sensitivity in ‘war economy’ studies focus on drugs and weapons trafficking at the expense of addressing the phenomenon of human trafficking (see Daily Links - 4 November).

Breaking this silence would highlight yet another obstacle to the achievement of the gender awareness which the 1325 Resolution calls.

Moreover, debating the issue of human trafficking could act as a way of shedding light on otherwise unchallenged assumptions about gender, war and peace.

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

Further speakers to be announced

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email


We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData