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EVENT |Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS-NL) Inaugural Event: 1325 twenty years on – the evolution of the WPS agenda after 9/11

On Thursday 11 November, Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS-NL) held its inaugural webinar event on 11 November with four speakers in conjunction with the International Centre for Terrorism (ICCT) and the Chair UN Studies in Peace and Justice at Leiden University.

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

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The event was co-hosted by Dr Joana Cook, Dr Vanessa Newby and Professor Alanna O’Malley who introduced the speakers and moderated the question and answer session. The event speakers were Lieutenant Commander Ella van den Heuvel, Gender Advisor to the Dutch Minister of Defence; Ambassador Sahar Ghanem, Ambassdor of Yemen to the Netherlands; Professor Jayne Huckerby, Duke University; and Azadeh Moaveni, Gender Project Director, the International Crisis Group.

The speakers covered a range of topics related to the inclusion of gender in counter-terrorism (CT) and countervailing violent extremism (CVE) initiatives.  They assessed how UNSCR 1325 has adapted and can continue to evolve to address the challenges of international peace and security. 

To make their points, the speakers drew on examples from peacekeeping, terrorist camps in Syria, and the situation on the ground in the war in Yemen, All the speakers spoke skilfully about the need for full implementation of the WPS agenda to avoid gender being instrumentalised, essentialist and lacking a human rights perspective in CVE and CT initiatives. All the speakers stressed the need to incorporate all four pillars of Resolution 1325: protection, prevention, participation and relief and recovery in this endeavour.

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