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Women, Peace and Security Intensive

Two-day course for professionals

21 - 22 September 2017 - register now






Absolutely exceptional - the most interesting course with robust content that was so rich and informative.

This original, expert-led course provides a critical examination of peace and security issues affecting women. Through lectures, case studies and discussion sessions, participants will explore the international legal and policy framework aimed at promoting justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations. Participants will examine women’s lived experiences and learn from academic experts, leading activists and advocates, and each other.

Over the two days, participants consider key questions: 

What is different about what happens to women and girls in conflict? What do we understand by gender-based violence? Who commits the violence and against whom? What is being done about men and boys, as survivors, perpetrators and agents of change? Are women more peaceful than men? What can women bring to peace processes? Who is responsible for protection? What is the role and impact of civil society in implementing global and national initiatives? Why does sexual violence occur in conflict? 


Building on decades of civil society advocacy for women’s human rights, in 2000, the United Nations Security Council issued UNSCR 1325, the first of eight resolutions aimed at improving the participation of women in peacebuilding and prevention of conflict and addressing conflict-related sexual violence. The UK-led Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative drew further attention to the problems of accountability and impunity and the need to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Yet, despite this global attention and goodwill, and some success, in 2015 the UN’s review of progress identified significant and persistent challenges in ensuring women’s human rights and their full and equal participation in matters of peace and security. Progress has been made but significant and damaging global problems persist. 

The two-day intensive course covers:

  • The social, political and economic context: what we know (and what we don’t know) about women in war and conflict-affected areas, including: sexual and gender-based violence; access to land and property; loss of family members and documentation; displacement; migration; seeking asylum and refuge.
  • The global ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda: history, evolution and critiques, including examination of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions; the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative and the 2015 Global Study of UNSCR 1325.
  • The international legal framework: using International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law in promoting and protecting women’s human rights in conflict environments.
  • Participation, Protection, Prevention, Relief and Recovery: in-depth examination of the four pillars of the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda including: participation in peace negotiation and peacekeeping; definitions of and responsibility for protection; increasing accountability and ending impunity for conflict-related sexual violence; delivering medical and psycho-social care for survivors.

Who should take the course?

This two–day intensive course is designed for mid-career professionals from any sector who are working in a relevant area. We particularly welcome participants from military policy and operations, peace and security governance, post conflict reconstruction, WPS and PSVI development and implementation, gender mainstreaming, and advocacy and activism in women’s human rights.


  • Standard individual rate: £1100 - register now
  • Concessionary rate for charities and NGOs: £800 - register now
  • Subsidised places, at £500, in support of those who would otherwise be unable to take the course. To apply for a subsidised place, please complete and return the application form by 12 noon, Monday 3 July 2017. 


2016 Speakers (line up for 2017 to be announced)


Hannah Bond, Director of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS)

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Professor Christine Chinkin FBA CMG is Emerita Professor of International Law and founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Profile page.

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Dr Harriet Gray, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg. 

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Dr Marsha Henry, Deputy Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Associate Professor in the Gender Institute. Profile page.

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Dr Zeynep Kaya, Research Officer at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. Profile page.

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Dr Paul Kirby, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Profile page.

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Madeleine Rees OBE, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Visiting Professor in Practice at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Profile page.

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Hannah Wright, Researcher at the Women, Peace and Security Centre as well as a PhD student at LSE’s Gender Institute. Profile page.

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Dr Punam Yadav, Research Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Profile page.

Participant feedback

The course provided a great deal of knowledge and space for discussion in only two days. I have been able to bring what I have learned into multilateral negotiations on matters related to international ‎peace and security.

 Mary Pierre-Wade, Second Secretary, Joint Delegation of Canada to NATO

The course exceeded my expectations, opened a window of engagement and collaboration and plugged me into a ready-made network of experts and practitioners.

Annie McGee, Protection and Participation Team Leader, Conflict Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Absolutely exceptional - the most interesting course with robust content that was so rich and informative.
Brilliant academic sessions giving a lot of food for thought.
All the 'in practice' sessions were very useful to better understand the theory and the concepts.
Great content, great structure. The course flowed really well.





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