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Elisabeth Jean Wood
Public Event: Friday 27 January 4.30pm - 6pm, River Room, King's College London, Strand campus. Professor Elisabeth Jean Wood will deliver a public talk on sexual violence in war. The talk is part of the Researching Sexual Violence in Conflict: The Politics of Methods and Approaches event organised in partnership with the Department of International Development at King's College London. The lecture is open to all, on a first come first served basis.
 
We are delighted to announce scholarships for the MSc in Women, Peace and Security. The scholarships will cover tuition fees and provide a monthly stipend, ensuring that the best students, regardless of personal financial circumstance, will have the opportunity to undertake this critical new programme of study. We particularly welcome applications from students who come directly from conflict-affected areas, or who have been displaced due to conflict. More about the MSc in Women, Peace and Security 
Laura J Shepherd

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles, position papers and policy briefs. In The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security, lead editors Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd (pictured) introduce the context and aims of the series.

 
Christine Chinkin
Professor Christine Chinkin has been awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for distinguished service to the United Nations by a UK citizen. The award, from UNA-UK, was given “as a mark of our admiration for her work – as an academic and as a practitioner – in the fields of human rights; women, peace and security; and international law, justice and accountability"
 
Dubravka Šimonovic

We're delighted to announce a new partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic. Centre staff, Visiting Fellows and postgraduate students will support Dr Šimonovic in research for her mandate, as well as its dissemination and public engagement.

 
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Our website, Tackling Violence Against Women brings together the regional and international human rights mechanisms and systems which can tackle gender-based violence. It highlights opportunities for advocacy, and provides information on the most progressive and gender-inclusive standards emerging around the world.
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Christine Chinkin

Why Hasn’t the British Government Taken This Vital Step Against Gender Violence? It has been four years since the UK government signed the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, but without ratifying, it is not legally bound to implement the measures it says it supports. Christine Chinkin sets out the case for urgent ratification.

 

On 12 April the House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict published Sexual Violence in Conflict: A war crime. 
Professor Christine Chinkin, specialist advisor to the Committee said: “This report makes a series of significant recommendations to the UK Government for sustained and co-ordinated action and resources to tackle sexual violence in conflict.” The report calls on the Government to set out ambitious policy goals for reducing conflict-related sexual violence to ensure the international momentum created by the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative is not lost. Read the report (PDF)

Dubravka Šimonovic

Combatting and Preventing Violence against Women: from CEDAW to Istanbul and beyond

Dr Dubravka Šimonović, Visiting Professor in Practice and UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences discuss her remit, current challenges and priorities.

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Working on Gender Equality in Fragile Contexts

This panel, convened for the launch of Gender and Development  journal’s new issue, is dedicated to the challenges of working on gender in fragile contexts. 6 December 2016. 

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Women's Human Rights and Access to Justice for Gender-Based Violence: A view from legal practice in the UK

Discussion on the current challenges in securing women's and girls' access to justice for gender-based violence, in the context of the UK's existing human rights obligations and the approaching Private Members Bill supporting the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. 10 November 2016

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Punam Yadav

Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A gender perspective 

Panel discussion on Punam Yadav's book, the first study to provide empirical evidence on the relationship between armed conflict and social transformation from a gender perspective. 8 November 2016

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Baroness Joyce Anelay

Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: An integrated approach

Panel event co-hosted with the UK Gender Action for Peace and Security Network and Women for Women International, featuring Baroness Anelay, the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. 

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Madeleine Rees

Myths and Realities in Women, Peace and Security 

Public lecture by Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Visiting Professor in Practice. 22 September 2016

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Michelle Jarvis

The Challenge of Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Crimes  Michelle Jarvis.

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Keynote delivered during the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt?  conference on 16 June 2016 

 
Patricia Sellers

Challenges in Investigating and Prosecuting at the International Level  Patricia Sellers and Maxine Marcus;  Chair: Christine Chinkin.

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This panel discussion took place during the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt?  conference on 16 June 2016 

 
Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Anything Can Happen: Mapping challenges and opportunities in the oost-2015 women, peace and security agenda  Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, introduced by Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd.

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Keynote delivered during the Women, Peace and Security Post 2015: concepts, criticisms, challenges workshop on 9 March 2016

 
Pauk Kirby

On International Women's Day, Visiting Fellows Dr Paul Kirby  and Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd took part in Reintroducing Women, Peace and Security, the launch of a special issue of International Affairs. Also speaking: Dr Soumita Basu and Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. 

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Video: Professor Christine Chinkin  was interviewed on London Live about her life, motivations and achievements, and the origins and ambitions for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security Watch the interview
Hilary Charlesworth

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin re-examine the boundaries of international law Professors Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin discuss their ground-breaking feminist analysis of international law. Hosted by Lucy Reed at Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer, and chaired by Dr Gina Heathcote.

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Louise Chappell

The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and legitimacy Does the International Criminal Court's poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes threaten its ongoing legitimacy? Professor Louise Chappell discusses her new book and the challenges and opportunities confronting the ICC.

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Margot Wallström

Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy

Activist, social entrepreneur and media commentator Zainab Salbi, in discussion with Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström.

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Cynthia Enloe

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring issues old and new with Professor Cynthia Enloe. Deputy Director Dr Marsha Henry in conversation with Professor Cynthia Enloe on the Centre's agenda; the gendered effects of militarisation; the question of gender relations as causal in the militarisation and war; and much more.

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Lilian Hofmeister

CEDAW Today: Evolution and challenges in a conflict-affected world

Jane Connors, former chief of the Women's Rights Division in the UN, and Dr Lilian Hofmeister, current member of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. presented and take questions on the role and development of CEDAW.

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Christine Chinkin

Women, Peace and Security: tackling the cycle of violence 

Professor Christine Chinkin explored UNSCR 1325, PSVI, and the international legal framework for addressing violence against women and promoting human rights for women, themes central to the context and ambition for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

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Did sexual orientation and gender identity play a role in the rejection of the Colombian peace deal?
Jamie J. Hagen, author of our second Women, Peace and Security working paper discusses the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) groups in the Colombian peace process. Was the rejection of the deal by an initial referendum influenced by traditional gender politics to a greater degree than has been thus far acknowledged? And what lessons can be learnt for the Women, Peace […]

From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations
Ban Ki-Moon’s apology for the role of the UN in the cholera outbreak in Haiti, reignited the debate on the need for the UN to recognise its legal responsibility for human rights violations.  Louise Arimatsu and Christine Chinkin suggest that the UN’s failure to accept legal responsibility for the human rights violations of its mission in Kosovo threatens the credibility […]

The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World
The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II introduced many to the existence of conflict-related sexual violence. Christine Chinkin, whose work in the field began with the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal in Tokyo, argues that  the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ provides an essential opportunity to preserve the women’s testimony and acknowledge the crimes committed. Thanks to the work of Japanese […]

The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security
The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles, position papers and policy briefs. It showcases work in progress by academics and researchers from any discipline and sector in the field of women, peace and security research and practice. On publication of the first two papers, lead editors Paul Kirby and Laura J. […]

Women and Peacekeeping: Time for the UN to Commit to Gender Equality
UN peacekeepers are deployed to make local populations more safe and secure. They must not be allowed to become another source of insecurity for the people they are sent to serve. Christine Chinkin, Marsha Henry and Aiko Holvikivi on the need for the new UN Secretary-General to commit to gender equality in order to ensure that peacekeeping lives up to […]

The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco
The Atenco case (Mariana Selvas Gomez and others v. Mexico) draws attention to the impunity with which state agents have committed violence against women, and is the latest in series of cases involving gender-based violence in Mexico. Lucía Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida explain how the case presents the Inter-American Court with an opportunity to strengthen its jurisprudence. On the 29 […]

States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians
Lisa Gormley calls on governments to act on the recommendations in the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s report on ‘Sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians’ and take all measures to address the abuse experienced by women in public life.   “There’s a reason why extremists use violence: they cannot win a battle of ideas” Malala Yousafzai said this at the memorial event […]

Promises to Keep: Reflections from the 2016 UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
Dr Laura J. Shepherd reflects on the most recent United Nations Security Council open debate on Women and Peace and Security, exploring the role such events play in global politics and identifying common rhetorical themes in member state contributions. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go […]

Book Review: Social Transformation in Post-Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective by Punam Yadav
In Social Transformation in Post-Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, Punam Yadav explores the unintended positive impacts of conflict on the position of women in Nepal, drawing on comprehensive interviews with 57 women. The book is a compelling and accessible must-read for those researching social transformation and gender in post-conflict societies, writes Ashleigh McFeeters.  This review was first posted on the LSE Review of Books blog here, […]

Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General
William Hague and Angelina Jolie call for concerted global action to end conflict-related sexual violence and tackle societal attitudes that stigmatise survivors and normalise violence towards women. The list of problems in the in-tray of the new United Nations Secretary-General will be one of the most daunting ever facing anyone in that position. It is fortunate that in António Guterres, […]

 
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