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Workshop: Where are the Women after Resolution 1325?

Wednesday 18 December 2019 - Thursday 19 December 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Understanding Women in the Process of Peace

Since the United Nations passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in 2000, it has gradually been acknowledged that women should have a powerful and decisive role in conflict prevention and conflict resolution. This conference focuses on women as agents of peace across the five key stages of the peace process: conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict resolution and the post-conflict environment.

The central questions this conference asks are: What is the contribution of women role as agents of peace in the UN system? What innovations exist that can help quantitatively and qualitatively improve female participation in the process of peace? How can the UN incentivize nations to improve gender equity in their contributions to peace processes?

The keynote speaker for this event is Séverine Autesserre (Columbia University). Some funding is available for travel and accommodation expenses.

More information

For further information:

  • Prof.dr. Alanna O’Malley, Chair United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice,Leiden University/The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Vanessa Newby, Assistant Professor, Institute for Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University.

Day One: Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - Room 3.54 Wijnhaven

08:45 – 09:15 Registration Tea and coffee will be available.
09:15 – 09:30 Introduction & Welcome Prof.dr. Alanna O'Malley
09:30 – 11:00 Panel 1: Women As Norm Entrepreneurs

Chair: dr. Eamon Aloyo, Leiden University


  • Paper 1: dr. Cristina G. Stefan, Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Leeds. Exploring Gender Mechanisms of the R2P Agenda at the UN.
  • Paper 2: Karla V. Medrano Gonzalez MSc, Lecturer Political Science, PhD Candidate, Leiden University. The Women of Cheran.
  • Paper 3: dr. Alexandra C. Budabin, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Center, University of Dayton. Tracing the Uneven Diffusion of 1325: Norm Entrepreneurs and Narratives on Darfur and Congo.
11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13.00 Panel 2: Women As Security Actors

Chair: Lieutenant Colonel Ella van den Heuvel, Dutch Armed Forces; Gender Advisor for UN and NATO


  • Paper 1: dr. Vanessa F. Newby, Assistant Professor and lead researcher for the Gender and Peace research stream, Leiden University & Clotilde Sebag, MA, Leiden University. Women as Security Actors: Constraints & Opportunities.
  • Paper 2: prof.dr. Joachim Koops, Professor in Security Studies, Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University. WPS and the Protection of Civilians in peacekeeping.
  • Paper 3: Saskia Rademaker, PhD Researcher, The Hague University of Applied Sciences/Leiden University. Dutch Female Peacekeepers: Applying the norm life cycle of women as peace agents.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: Women in Peacebuilding

Chair: prof.dr. Madeleine Hosli, Leiden University


  • Paper 1: Hannah Davies, PhD Researcher, Ulster University. Follow the Money: The administrative politics of gender parity in UN peace operations.
  • Paper 2: Christine M.G. Tremblay LL.M., Lecturer Law, The Hague University of Applied Sciences; External PhD candidate, Leiden University. Akayesu: An illustration of one woman making a difference.
  • Paper 3: Dr Memandro Abanes, Lecturer Safety and Security Management Studies, The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Educating for Peace in Mindanao, Philippines.
15:30 –16:00 Afternoon tea break  
16:00 – 17:30

Keynote Speech and Q&A (Room 3.60 Wijnhaven)

Prof.dr. Séverine Autesserre, Professor Department of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University


Chaired by prof.dr. Joachim Koops, Leiden University

17:30 – 19:00 Break  
19.00 – 20:00

Drinks at Wijnhaven Reception.

Sponsored by The Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

For workshop participants and observers.
20:00 – 22:00 Dinner Workshop participants only. Details provided separately.


Day Two: Thursday 19 December 2019 - Room 2.19 Wijnhaven

09:30 – 11:00 Panel 4: Women’s experiences of War and Peace

Chair: dr. Karen Smith, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on R2P & Leiden University


  • Paper 1: Steffi Deb, Research Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The liberation war of 1971: Women and the politics of memory and gender justice in Bangladesh.
  • Paper 2: Nandi Makubalo, Research Intern United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. The Light That Darkness Cannot Thwart: Women in transitional justice in the global south. Cases of Rwanda and South Africa.
  • Paper 3: dr. Carrie Reiling, Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Studies, Washington College, Locating Human Development in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30 – 13:00 Panel 5: Women in the Post-conflict environment

Chair: TBC


  • Paper 1: Philip E. Onyekachukwu M.Sc, Lecturer, Department of Social Studies, College of Education, Agbor, Delta State. Women Working for Peace in the Global South: The case of bring back our girls (BBOG) Movement in Nigeria.
  • Paper 2: dr. Maria M. de Almagro, Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal. The Peacebuilding Fund and Post-War Economic Reform: Understanding the relationship between WPS, land-rights and extractive economies in Liberia.
  • Paper 3: Szilvia Csevár LL.M., Lecturer in Public International Law, The Hague University of Applied Science, The Role of Indigenous Women in Environmental Peacebuilding.
13:00 – 13:45


13:45 – 15:15 Panel 6: Women and Peace Negotiations

Chair: dr. Vanessa Newby, Leiden University


  • Paper 1: Professor Sara Davies, Griffith University. Negotiating Gender Inclusion: Women’s Representation Experience in the Myanmar Peace Process.
  • Paper 2: Camila Fernandes Thomaz, MA, Denis Mukwege Foundation. The Link Between Women’s Participation in Peace Talks and Gender (in)Equality in Post-conflict societies.
  • Paper 3: dr. Charlotte M.L. Hille, Assistant Professor, department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam. The Contribution of Women to Formal Peace Negotiations.
15:15 – 15:30 Closing and thanks Dr. Vanessa Newby, Leiden University
15:30 End of Workshop  
16:30 – 18:30

R2P Panel (The Hague Humanity Hub

Fluwelen Burgwal 58

2511 CJ Den Haag)

  • Professor Dr Severine Autesserre – Chair.
  • Dr Karen Smith, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on R2P.
  • Dr Cristina Stefan, University of Leeds.
  • Professor Sara Davies, Griffith University.
  • Dr Eamon Aloyo, Leiden University.
19:00 – 20:00 Drinks reception, The Hague Humanity Hub All guests / general public
20:00 – 22:00 Dinner Panel participants only. Details provided separately. 


More details on the above mentioned keynote speech from Prof. Autesserre can be found here and on the R2P panel can be found here.

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