Revolutionary Mama by Daisy Rockwell

Revolutionary Mama is a painting from a series of paintings by Daisy Rockwell of the January-February 2011 protests against Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship in Egypt that depicts the real-life event of women protesting in the street, armed with their children, not guns.

Many policy documents available online discuss issues like women’s rights and gender equality in the security sector in-depth. These are great resources, but “policy-speak” can be abstract and hard to relate to current issues. Sometimes it can even make your eyes glaze over.

Social media provides a great alternative to learning about these complex issues. If you are new to the field of gender and security, and to the world of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, but don’t have time to read lengthy policy papers, check out these online resources for some cutting edge perspective and concrete examples.

These free videos explain the connection between women’s rights and the Arab Spring, the challenges of addressing sexual violence in conflict in the Congo, how men are working to end violence against women in Rwanda, and the challenges women face in participating in armed forces in Pakistan.

1. Learn about the backlash against women’s rights in the Middle East/North Africa region. Watch the 30 minute documentary, Because Our Cause is Just.

Because Our Cause is Just from Deb Bergeron on Vimeo.

2. Meet Female Police Rangers in Pakistan and learn about the challenges of integrating women into the security sector:

Pakistan’s female rangers: Life on the base from on Vimeo.

3. Learn about the challenges of addressing sexual violence in armed conflict. Watch the full-length documentary, The Greatest Silence. Interviews with peacekeepers, politicians, activists, doctors, priests, and most importantly, testimony from dozens of women survivors of sexual violence provide background on the conflict and sexual violence in Congo.

4. What does a real man look like? Learn about the importance of male leadership to promote gender equality in Rwanda. Hear Fidѐle Bucyanayandi’s testimony of the abuse he inflicted on his wife, and learn how CARE is helping Fidѐle break the cycle violence in his own marriage and in his rural Rwandan community.

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