The fifth 2013 issue of the GPS Update features a report from the international conference organized by PRIO and Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS) on 14-15 November 2013. The conference marked the closing of the celebration of the 2013 Centenary of Women's Suffrage in Norway, focusing on the importance of women's political rights in relation to matters of international peace, security and sustainable development. This issue also features reports from other recent events at PRIO: A seminar with Conciliation Resources and launch of the report Accord Insight: Women Building Peace, a visit to PRIO by Denis Mukwege, founder and Medical Director of the General Referral Hospital Panzi in Bukavu DRC, who will collaborate with PRIO Researchers on a new project on female empowerment in DR Congo, as well as a Young Researcher Talent Project on Armed Conflict and Maternal Health that has recently received funding from the Research Council of Norway. As usual, the GPS Update also gives you an update on relevant seminars, reports and policy briefs, as well as a list of publications which might be of interest to our readership.

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The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is an electronic newsletter launched by PRIO's Gender Team in response to growing interest among the public for information about women, peace and security issues. The newsletter will keep readers informed of the latest developments both internationally and in Norway in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have views to share or ideas/suggestions for forthcoming issues. For any queries regarding the GPS, contact Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen ( or Torunn L. Tryggestad (