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1325 twenty years on: The evolution of the WPS agenda after 9/11

  • Sahar Ghanem
  • Ella van den Heuvel
  • Jayne Huckerby
  • Azadeh Moaveni
woensdag 11 november 2020

Saturday 31 October 2020 marks the 20th anniversary since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) which globally launched the women peace and security (WPS) agenda across multiple security platforms. In the succeeding years, terrorism, violent extremism and the nature and intensity of international conflict has continued to impact women. At the same time, women have increasingly emerged as important actors within and beyond the WPS agenda, including as members of violent extremist groups.

In this webinar, our distinguished panel will assess how UNSCR 1325 has adapted and can continue to evolve to address the challenges of international peace and security. A panel of leading experts and practitioners from around the world will address this issue and a number of leading questions including:

  • How have terrorism and violent extremism impacted the WPS agenda?
  • In turn, how has the WPS agenda influenced counterterrorism and the CVE?
  • How have the UN Security Council or individual member states advanced or restricted the WPS agenda within the UN?
  • What should be the key aims of the WPS agenda going forward

The webinar is hosted jointly by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS_NL), the Chair of UN Studies in Peace and Justice, and the Institute for Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University.  It will host a distinguished panel of speakers, who will provide a broad spectrum of views on this topic from their varied perspectives: legal, military, humanitarian, and diplomatic.

This will be a public, recorded event, and all are welcome to (virtually) attend.


  • Ambassador Sahar Ghanem, Yemeni Ambassador to Netherlands, Sweden and Norway 
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ella van den Heuvel, Gender Advisor to the Dutch Chief of Defense
  • Professor Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law at Duke University
  • Azadeh Moaveni, Gender Project Director, International Crisis Group, author ‘Guest House for Young Widows’

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Organising Partners

The Chair of UN studies in Peace and Justice

The Chair is funded by the Municipality of The Hague for a period of three years and is part of the ‘Van Aartsen honours program’ in the field of UN Studies. This Chair aims to increase the visibility and relevance of the UN by capitalizing on The Hague a strategic centre for UN Studies.

International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism.

Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS NL)

Women in International Security – The Netherlands (WIIS-NL) is an affiliate of WIIS Global. WIIS-NL members include, professionals, civil servants, academics, NGOs, employees of international bodies, students and organizations, embassy staff, politicians and interested members of the general public. The Chapter’s base is Leiden University in The Hague.  For more information about the group's work visit the WIIS-NL website and follow their twitter page (@WIIS_NL).

Institute for Security and Global Affairs (ISGA)

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international scientific field of security studies.

The Institute analyses and studies issues in a coherent way from their local transnational, and global impact. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, centre of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security.

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