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The Centre for Women, Peace and Security hosts conferences, expert workshops, policy and practice oriented seminars and a range of open public events.

Public events are open to all with no ticket required, unless otherwise stated. 

Tightening the Purse Strings: What countering terrorism financing costs gender equality and security - Monday 8 May, 6pm-7pm
How do countering terrorism financing rules impact women’s rights organising, women’s rights organisations, and gender equality? This event will discuss new research carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University and the Women Peacemakers Program. 
After Rape: violence, justice and social harmony in Uganda - Tuesday 9 May, 6pm - 8pm This event marks the publication of Holly Porter's new book and is co-hosted with the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, the Department of International Development, the Justice and Security Research Programme, and the International African Institute.
Butterfly Politics - Thursday 18 May, 5pm - 6pm In this event Catharine A. MacKinnon discusses her new book, in which she argues that the right seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can have a butterfly effect that generates major social and cultural transformations.
Women, Peace and Security in the Global Arena - Monday 5 June 2017, 6.30pm-8pm  This event brings together leaders from academic units dedicated to women / gender, peace and security from Australia (Monash), Ghana (KAIPTC), Norway (PRIO), the UK (LSE) and USA (Georgetown) to discuss how scholars and researchers worldwide holding governments to account for their local and international women, peace and security commitments.
Film Screening: Under the Shadow - Tuesday 6 June,  6.30pm-7.30pm  This documentary tells the story of Masika Katsuva, who led Congo’s rape survivors to find healing, independence and justice through working together in the field. Followed by Q&A with the Director, Fiona Lloyd-Davis and guests.
International Law and New Wars -  Tuesday 20 June, 6.30pm-8pm  This event launches Christine Chinkin and Mary Kaldor's new book, which examines how international law fails to address the contemporary experience of what are known as 'new wars' - instances of armed conflict and violence in places such as Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.


Past events

Elisabeth Jean Wood
Sexual Violence in War -  27 January 2017. Professor Elisabeth Jean Wood in a public talk as 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. 
Dubravka Šimonovic
Combatting and Preventing Violence against Women: from CEDAW to Istanbul and beyond - 12 January 2017. 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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Gender and Development cover
Working on Gender Equality in Fragile Contexts - 6 December 2016. Two billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. 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. Download Audio I Download Video
Women's Human Rights and Access to Justice for Gender-Based Violence: A view from legal practice in the UK - 10 November 2016.  Karon Monaghan (pictured), Pragna Patel and Harriet Wistrich discuss 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. 
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Punam Yadav
Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A gender perspective - 8 November 2016. Punam Yadav, Marsha Henry and David N. Gellner in a panel discussion on her book, the first study to provide empirical evidence on the relationship between armed conflict and social transformation from a gender perspective. 
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Women and the Reform of the Security Sector in the D.R.Congo: Using UNSCR 1325 to ensure women’s participation in decision-making -  1 November 2016. Seminar in partnership with the Voices of African Women Campaign of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, on Multinational Corporations’ involvement in the D.R. Congo, and grassroots recommendations for Security Sector reforms.
Baroness Joyce Anelay
Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: An integrated approach - 31 October 2016. 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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Nayanika Mookherjee
The Spectral Wound: Sexual violence, public memories and the Bangladesh war of 1971 - 13 October 2016. Nayanika Mookherjee discuss her book, which decentres prevalent understandings of stigma, silence, honour, shame and reparations relating to wartime rape and opens the possibility for a more politico-economic and ethical inquiry into the sexuality of war.
Madeleine Rees
Myths and Realities in Women, Peace and Security -  22 September 2016. Public lecture by Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Visiting Professor in Practice. 
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Women’s Participation and Decision Making in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Rien San Les Femmes movement - 9 September 2016. Public talk by Solange Lwashiga Furaha, national spokesperson of Rien Sans Les Femmes (Nothing Without Women), about the movement, formed of more than 60 Congolese organisations and individuals, aiming to ensure the equal representation of men and women in decision making at all levels. 
Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt? - 16 June 2016. Full day conference in which prosecutors, advocates and practitioners reflected on lessons learned from international, regional and hybrid tribunals, highlighting specific experience from local jurisdictions.
Elisabeth Jean Wood

Rape as a Practice of War: Towards a typology of political violence - 19 May 2016. Public talk by Elisabeth Jean Wood, Professor of Political Science, International and Area Studies, Yale University. Co-hosted with the Conflict Research Group at LSE and the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group at Kings College London.

Olivera Simic

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring hierarchies of wartime sexual violence - 10 May 2016,
Dr Olivera Simić and Dr Marsha Henry discuss the excluded or silenced narratives of wartime sexual violence among women belonging to so-called ‘perpetrator’ war-torn nations.


Women, Peace and Security Post-2015: Concepts, criticisms and challenges 9 & 10 March 2016. Two-day workshop for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, activists and advocates. With support from the British International Studies Assocation Gendering IR Working Group and UNSW Australia. The workshop coincided with the publication of a special issue of International Affairs The Futures of Women, Peace and Security

Dr Feride Acar

Tackling Violence Against Women: International and regional approaches - 4 February 2016 Full day workshop bringing together women’s rights experts in the NGO sector, academia and practice, to both exchange knowledge and feed into the discussions of the CEDAW Committee Working Group in charge of updating General Recommendation No.19. Download the agenda (PDF)

Khariroh Ali

Violence Against Women and Islam: Dispelling stereotypes and telling truths - 4 February 2016
Speaker: Commissioner Khariroh Ali
Chair: Jane Gordon 
In partnership with Sisters For Change
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Hilary Charlesworth

Women, Peace and Security Conversations:  Charlesworth and Chinkin re-examine the boundaries of international law 
- 15 December 2015
Speakers: Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Professor Christine Chinkin. Chair: Dr Gina Heathcote
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Baroness Joyce Anelay

Stigma and Justice: Addressing the needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflict zones - 3 December 2015
Speakers: Baroness Joyce Anelay, Erica Hall, Hilary Stauffer, Beini Ye
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin
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Louise Chappell

The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and legitimacy - 26 November 2015
Speaker: Professor Louise Chappell Chair: Dr Devika Hovell
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Margot Wallström

Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy - 9 November 2015
Speakers: Professor Christine Chinkin, Zainab Salbi, Margot Wallström
Chair: Erik Berglof. In partnership with the Institute of Global Affairs
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What Next for the UK's WPS Agenda? - 9 November 2015
Full day workshop in partnership with Women for Women International (UK) and the UK network for Gender Action Peace and Security (GAPS).
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Social media round up from Women for Women International

Cynthia Enloe

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring issues old and new with Cynthia Enloe - 15 October 2015
Dr Marsha Henry in conversation with Professor Cynthia Enloe
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Lilian Hofmeister

CEDAW Today: Evolution and challenges in a conflict-affected world - 14 October 2015
Speakers: Jane Connors, Dr Lilian Hofmeister Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin 
In partnership with the Austrian Embassy in London
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Christine Chinkin

Women, Peace and Security: Tackling the cycle of violence against women - 8 October 2015
Speaker: Professor Christine Chinkin Chair: Dr Marsha Henry
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Dealing with Wartime Rape in Kosovo: Women's silence and voices
18 June 2015
Speakers: Professor Anna De Lellio, Dr Denisa Kostovicova
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin