WILPF members posing for a photo at a conference in 1919


Are We Asking the Right Questions? Reframing Peace and Security

Hosted by LSE Library and LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Library Education Room (Lower Ground Floor), LSE Library, United Kingdom


Madeleine Rees OBE

British lawyer and current Secretary General of WILPF


Professor Christine Chinkin

Professorial Research Fellow, Founding Director Centre for Women, Peace and Security

For over a century women activists have played a leading role in seeking universal disarmament and arms control and in initiating peace – from the 1915 Women’s Peace Congress in The Hague through to the negotiations for the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty in 2017. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has continuously argued the need for a multi lateral system to prevent war and enable sustainable peace through dialogue and mediation. It's not working.

In this talk Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF, addresses the past, present and futures of WILPF and considers whether, it is time to re-frame the structures on peace and security.

Madeleine Rees, OBE is a British lawyer and current Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She became a lawyer in 1990 and within four years was made partner in a UK law firm, specializing in discrimination law. In the UK, she also worked on behalf of both the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal Opportunities Commission, mainly on developing strategies to establish rights under domestic law.

Christine Chinkin CMG FBA is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she leads two major projects: 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security' funded by the AHRC and 'Gendered Peace', funded by the ERC. Professor Chinkin was Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security from 2015-2018.

This event is also part of a range of events related to LSE Library's current exhibition Giving Peace a Chance: From the League of Nations to Greenham Common, which includes WILPF. The exhibition will be open before and after the talk and is free to visit. Find out more about the exhibition.

Thie event has been organised by LSE Library and "FILPS" (which is part of LSE Women, Peace and Security). A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security (FILPS) is a visionary multi-disciplinary project that elaborates on the legal content of the UN’s Women, Peace and Security agenda to develop an alternative reading of international law that more effectively delivers on gender equality and sustainable peace.)

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

Follow the debate on Twitter: #LSEGivePeaceAChance.  

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