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Increasing engagement, raising awareness

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security hosts conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, 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.  Follow us on Twitter or join our mailing list to keep up to date with our events, publications and activities.  


Upcoming Events


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The Role of Academia in Realising the Promise of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda - 8 September, 13:00 - 14:30 (BST)

As we look forward to the next decade of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, this event will examine the role, contributions and potential of academic institutions – in research, advocacy, education and cross-sector engagement – in addressing the gaps that exist, determining how best to prepare and serve the next generation and contribute to the full realisation of the WPS agenda.

This event is hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and SecurityMonash Gender, Peace and Security Centre and the Women, Peace and Security Institute in Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. 

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Visions of Feminist Peace - A virtual programme exploring feminist peace - 14th September  - 2nd October 2020

To mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of CEDAW, the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, and 25 years since the Declaration and Platform for Action at the conclusion of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the AHRC-funded Feminist International Law of Peace and Security (FILPS) project is organising a series of virtual events in collaboration with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to build on visions of a feminist peace.


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“Waging war” against “a little flu” – Masculinities & COVID-19 - 30th July, 14:00 - 15:00 (BST)

This event will explore how individual and institutional responses to the pandemic have at times been shaped by stereotypically ‘masculine’ ideas of what catastrophes look like and how they need to be managed. We will consider if and how these responses have fallen short of recognising the reality of pandemics and understanding what is needed for communities to cope.

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Mediation or Militarization: Resolving Conflicts in the Age of Corona - 14th July, 13:30 - 15:00

This seminar will bring together the experiences of women peacebuilders from the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) network who for many years have been mediating multi-party conflicts, and who are now also responding to the challenges that COVID-19 presents in conflict-settings with pragmatism, agility and flexibility.

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Where are the words? - 8 July, 14:00 - 15:30 (BST)

Join is for a presentation of the "Where are the Words? The Disappearance of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Language of Country-Specific UN Security Council Resolutions” report, co-authored between Sarah Kenny Werner (WILPF) and Elena Stavrevska (LSE WPS).

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Implementing Women, Peace and Security: Localisation in the OSCE Region - 1 June, 13:00 - 14:30 (BST)

This webinar aims to present the results of the recent study Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the OSCE Region and will focus on and discuss one of the main findings - how to further develop localisation of the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and National Action Plans. 

This event is co-hosted with the OSCE Secretariat/Gender Section and the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

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COVID-19 and Violent Extremism: Gender Perspectives - 3 June 2020

Though focus is often placed on the government response to COVID19, the pandemic has also allowed for violent extremist groups to both leverage and capitalise off the effects of COVID-19 which impacts both women and men differently.

This event is co-hosted with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and SecurityMonash Gender, Peace and Security Centre and the Women, Peace and Security Institute in Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. 

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Transformative Peace and National Action Plans: Yemen’s story - 2 June 2020

With the war in its sixth year, the panellists will explore both the potential of and gaps in Yemen’s NAP during these uncertain times and draw on examples from similar contexts.

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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the time of COVID-19: A hidden pandemic? - 27 May 2020 

This seminar asks how and in what ways the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) from the perspectives of policy making, advocacy and practice. This seminar also asks how the COVID-19 responses have impacted women, girls, and LGBTQ+ persons affected by conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV)

This event is co-hosted with the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and SecurityGeorgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecuritySecurityMonash Gender, Peace and Security Centre and the Women, Peace and Security Institute in Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. 

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The COVID-19 Crisis Response: Putting Women at the Centre - 29th April 2020

Perhaps more than previous epidemics, COVID-19 has demonstrated that whilst outbreaks can affect anyone, women are often differentially affected – within the home, within the economy and within policy space. This seminar considers the role of women in leadership and the impact of COVID-19 on women.

This event is co-hosted with the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and is part of a series of events from the gender, peace and security academic consortium.

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COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis - 8th April 2020

Join leading experts for a virtual discussion on the urgent need for a gender-responsive approach to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for effectively addressing the pandemic's impact.

This event is co-hosted with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and SecurityMonash Gender, Peace and Security Centre and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

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Economies of Peace: Economy Formation Processes in Conflict-Affected Societies - 26th February 2020

This event launches the book Economies of Peace: Economy Formation Processes in Conflict-Affected Societies, examining processes and outcomes of the interaction of economic reforms and socio-economic peacebuilding programmes with, and international interventions in, people’s lived realities in conflict-affected societies. 

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Challenging the Arms Trade - 20th February 2020

The arms trade fuels war, exacerbates regional tensions, gives succour to human right abusers and squanders resources. It is supported by governments and the arms companies. This talk, co-hosted with the LSE Library will look at the arms trade, with a focus on the UK, over the past four decades and see how opposition to it has been growing. 

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When the Going Gets Tough: Women and the future of Global Peace and Security - 10th February 2020

On the 5th anniversary of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security we take a look ahead with the new Centre Director Sanam Naraghi Anderlini.

Sanam will discuss the role, experiences and ongoing contributions of women, particularly national and transnational women's movements in tackling some of the the world's most intractable security threats and conflicts.

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Intractable Conflicts, Inspired Peacemakers: Voices from the frontline - 25 November 2019

Members of the Women Mediators from across the Commonwealth Network will discuss what it means to be a mediator across different spaces.

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Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: national action plans and beyond - 3 October 2019 

Professor Laura Shepherd provides an overview of the mechanisms for implementation on the National Action Plans (NAPs) and introduces a new database that presents quantitative analysis of the 81 current national action plans to identify trends and emerging issues.

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Rethinking Peace From a Queer Feminist Perspective - 26 September 2019

What does peace mean in today’s world of endless wars? Why has the project of ‘universal peace’, so ardently hoped for by the drafters of the UN Charter in 1945, failed so profoundly? Professor Otto reflects on these questions through three stories of peace.

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Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp: foreign relations law from the ground up - 24 September 2019

Professor Karen Knop on What can we learn from the Greenham Women's situated struggle and the legal ecosystem it generated about the nature of foreign relations law, where it ‘takes place’ and what a feminist vision might look like.

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#Metoo Shines a Bright Light on Genuine Security - 25 September 2019

Professor Cynthia Enloe talks about how #Metoo has impacted the ways in which global security is understood, experienced and practiced.

This is a jointly sponsored event with the School of Security Studies, Kings College London. 

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 Feminist Judgments in International Law - 19 September 2019 

This event celebrates the launch of the book  Feminist Judgments in International Law , followed by a discussion about what the feminist project of rewriting and reimagining contributes to feminist methodologies and, more specifically, to work on peace.

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A Feminist Perspective of the Syrian Political Process: Return of Displaced Syrians, Reconstruction, and an Engendered Constitution - 10 June 2019

This event marked the launch of policy papers by the Syrian Women’s Political Movement on an engendered constitution, the return of displaced Syrians and reconstruction. Speakers: Kholoud Mansour (pictured), Wejdan Nassif, Lina Wafai. Chair: Dr Marsha Henry. 

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Part of the WPS Project - 28 May 2019

This panel provides an opportunity to consider the inclusion and collaboration with LGBTQ individuals in the WPS agenda. Speakers: Nour Abu-Assab, Henri Myrttinen and Jamie J. Hagen (pictured). Chair: Marsha Henry.

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Where Would We Be Today Without CEDAW - 28 May 2019

A Celebration of the 40th anniversary of CEDAW. Speaker: Aruna Devi Narain (pictured). Chair: Christine Chinkin. 

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Women's Peace Activism: Iran, Iraq and Syria -  3 May 2019

Speakers: Nina Ansary, Zeynep Kaya, Laila Alodaat. Chair: Louise Arimatsu. 

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What Does a Gender Perspective Bring to Crimes Against Humanity Genocide, and War Crimes? - 2 May 2019

A Conversation between Patricia Sellers and Akila Radhakrishnan. Chair: Christine Chinkin.

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The Protection of Refugees Living in Camps: The Gap between Law and Practice - 6 February 2019 

Speakers: Elizabeth Donnelly, Beth Gardiner Smith, Rebecca Chapman, Mark Scott, Ian Shaw. Chair: Stephanie Harrison QC.Read the Protecting Women and Girls in Refugee Camps report


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Women and Weapons -13 December 2018 

Speakers: Ray Acheson, Renata Dwan (pictured), Rebecca Johnson,  Anna Stavrianakis. Chair: Christine Chinkin. Play audio recording

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From Pillars to Practice: Pushing the Boundaries of ‘Women, Peace and Security' - 29 November 2018 

Speakers: Toni Haastrup,Henri Myrttinen.  Aisling Swaine,  Jacqui True. Chair: Bela Kapur. Play audio recording 



#AidToo: Where do we go from here?- 15 October 2018

Speakers:  Lesley Agams (pictured), Shaista Aziz, Aiko Holvikivi, Armine Ishkanian. Chair: Marsha Henry. Play audio recording


Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Strengthening legal responses in Somalia - 19 June 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Speakers: Deqa Yasin; Antonia Mulvey Chair: Christine Chinkin. Read the Minister's speech

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Countering Violence, Countering Extremism: The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Service of Countering Violent Extremism - 27 April 2018
Speaker: Laura J. Shepherd. Chair: Paul Kirby


Displacement and Women's Economic Empowerment: Voices
of Displaced Women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq - 24 April 2018
Speakers: Brita Fernandez Schmidt , Zeynep N. Kaya. 
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From Transitional To Transformative: justice for conflict-related violence against women - 23 April 2018 
Speakers: Christine Bell; Aisling Swaine. Chair: Christine Chinkin
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Measuring progress on women's inclusion, justice and security - 30 November 2017

Speakers: Gary L Darmstadt, Jeni Klugman, Anita Raj, Frances Stewart; Chair: Paul Kirby. Play audio recording. 


Gender Equality: How can the UN lead? - 7 November 2017

Speakers: Jane Connors, Aoife O'Donoghue, Rosalyn Park, Navi Pillay; Chair: Christine Chinkin. Play audio recording.

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Feminist social mobilisation in the negotiation and construction of peace in Colombia - 18 October 2017

Speaker: Erika Rodríguez Gómez; Chair: Lisa Gormley. Watch event recording


Chile: promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean - 28 September 2017

Speaker: Marcela Vergara; Chair: Marsha Henry. Watch event recording.

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UN Peace Operations: Politics, Human Rights and Leadership - 21 September 2017

Speakers: Diane Corner, Bintou Keita, Karin Landgren; Chair: Bela Kapur. Play audio recording.


Engaging Communities in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Women, Peace and Security in practice in Pakistan - 1 August 2017

Speaker: Mossarat Qadeem; Chair: Zeynep Kaya. Watch event recording.

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International Law and New Wars - 20 June 2017

Speakers: Christine Chinkin, Mary Kaldor, Javier Solana; Chair: Toby Dodge. Play audio recording

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Film Screening: Under the Shadow - 6 June 2017

Speakers: Sofia Candeias, Fiona Lloyd-Davies and Vava Tampa; Chair: Joanne Neenan.


Women, Peace and Security in the Global Arena - 5 June 2017

Speakers: Nana Bemma Nti, Christine Chinkin, Jeni Klugman, Jacqui True and Torunn L Tryggestad; Chair: Paul Kirby. Play audio recording.


Butterfly Politics - 18 May 2017 

Speaker: Catharine A MacKinnon; Chair: Christine Chinkin. Play audio recording.


After Rape: violence, justice and social harmony in Uganda - 9 May 2017 

Speakers: Holly Porter, Adam Branch; Chair: Professor Tim Allen. Co-hosted with Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, the Department of International Development, the Justice and Security Research Programme and the International African Institute.


Tightening the Purse Strings: What countering terrorism financing costs gender equality and security - 8 May 2017 

Speakers: Isabelle Geuskens, Jayne Huckerby, Zarina Khan; Chair: Zeynep Kaya. Play audio recording


Sexual Violence in War - 27 January 2017

Speaker: Elisabeth Jean Wood.

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Combatting and Preventing Violence against Women: from CEDAW to Istanbul and beyond - 12 January 2017

Speaker: Dubravka Šimonović; Chair: Christine Chinkin. Play audio recording.



Working on Gender Equality in Fragile Contexts - 6 December 2016

Speakers: Bele Grau; Diana Koester; Corrie Sissons; Rainatou Sow; Discussant: Hannah Bond; Introduction: Christine Chinkin; Chair: Caroline Sweetman. 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  

Speakers: Karon Monaghan, Pragna Patel and Harriet Wistrich; Chair: Lisa Gormley. Play audio recording.


Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A gender perspective - 8 November 2016

Speakers: Punam Yadav, Marsha Henry and David N. Gellner; Chair: Christine Chinkin. Play audio recording (Note: varying sound levels during Q&A session). 


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

Speakers: Eve Bazaiba, Furaha Mussanzi, Sophia Pickles; Chair: Marsha Henry.


Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: An integrated approach - 31 October 2016

Speakers: Baroness Anelay, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Antoinette Uwimana; Chair: Christine Chinkin. Video.


The Spectral Wound: Sexual violence, public memories and the Bangladesh war of 1971 - 13 October 2016

Speaker: Nayanika Mookherjee; Discussants: Erica Hall, Kolbassia Haoussou, Naila Kabeer, Denisa Kostovicova; Chair: Marsha Henry.

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Myths and Realities in Women, Peace and Security -  22 September 2016

Speaker: Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Visiting Professor in Practice; Chair: Christine Chinkin. Download Video.


Women’s Participation and Decision Making in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Rien San Les Femmes movement - 9 September 2016

Speaker: Solange Lwashiga Furaha, national spokesperson of Rien Sans Les Femmes (Nothing Without Women). 


Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt? - 16 June 2016

Conference in which prosecutors, advocates and practitioners reflected on lessons learned from international, regional and hybrid tribunals, highlighting specific experience from local jurisdictions.


Rape as a Practice of War: Towards a typology of political violence - 19 May 2016

Speaker: Elisabeth Jean Wood. Co-hosted with the Conflict Research Group at LSE and the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group at Kings College London.


Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring hierarchies of wartime sexual violence - 10 May 2016

Speaker: Olivera Simić; Chair: Marsha Henry. 


Women, Peace and Security Post-2015: Concepts, criticisms and challenges -  9 & 10 March 2016

Workshop 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.


Tackling Violence Against Women: International and regional approaches - 4 February 2016

Workshop bringing together stakeholders to 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).


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. Download presentation slides (PDF).



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: Gina Heathcote. Play audio recording.


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. Download the report (PDF).


The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and legitimacy - 26 November 2015
Speaker: Louise Chappell; Chair: Devika Hovell. Play audio recording.


Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy - 9 November 2015

Speakers:  Christine Chinkin, Zainab Salbi, Margot Wallström; Chair: Erik Berglof. In partnership with the Institute of Global Affairs. Event recording: Play I Download Audio I Download Video.


What Next for the UK's WPS Agenda? - 9 November 2015

Workshop in partnership with Women for Women International (UK) and the UK network for Gender Action Peace and Security (GAPS). Download the summary report (PDF) I Read our storify of the event I Social media round up from Women for Women International.


Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring issues old and new with Cynthia Enloe - 15 October 2015

Speakers: Marsha Henry, Cynthia Enloe. Play audio recording.


CEDAW Today: Evolution and challenges in a conflict-affected world - 14 October 2015

Speakers: Jane Connors,  Lilian Hofmeister; Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin. In partnership with the Austrian Embassy in London. Play audio recording.

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Women, Peace and Security: Tackling the cycle of violence against women - 8 October 2015

Speaker: Professor Christine Chinkin; Chair: Marsha Henry. Event recording: Play | Download  Audio I Download Video.


Dealing with Wartime Rape in Kosovo: Women's silence and voices - 18 June 2015
Speakers: Professor Anna De Lellio, Denisa Kostovicova; Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin.




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