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.
COVID-19 and its Impact on Gender, Justice and Security
25 January, 14:00 - 15:30 (GMT)
This event will take stock of changing social and political landscapes, locally and internationally, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Three Co-Directors of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub will discuss key questions around the response to and impact of the pandemic on social rights, as well as the opportunities for positive change.
Defending The Future: gender, conflict and environmental peace
1 February, 13:00-14:30 (GMT)
This event launches a report by LSE WPS, Women’s International Peace Centre and Gender Action for Peace and Security on the intersection of WPS, climate change, ecological destruction and conflict affected situations.
Registration for this event will open on 18 January.
Gendered Peace: The Legacy of the Tokyo Women’s Tribunal - 10 December, 16:00 - 17:30 (GMT)
Twenty years ago, the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery took place in Tokyo, Japan. Join us for the streaming of a new documentary that reflects on the Tribunal. The documentary commemorates the anniversary by acknowledging the Tribunal as a significant landmark and exploring its legacy. The streaming will be followed by a panel discussion between some of those involved in the work of the Tribunal and featuring in the documentary.
Gendered Peace: The Legacy of the Tokyo Women’s Tribunal - 8 December, 09:00 - 10:30 am (GMT)
Twenty years ago, the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery took place in Tokyo, Japan. The documentary commemorates the anniversary by acknowledging the Tribunal as a significant landmark and exploring its legacy. The streaming was followed by a panel discussion between some of those involved in the work of the Tribunal and featuring in the documentary.
Women’s Agency in War and Peace: Bridging the gap on female (ex-)combatants in the UNSCR 1325 agenda - 2 December, 14:00 - 16:00 (GMT), 15:00 - 17:00 (CET)
This event will give the floor to female representatives from (former) resistance and liberation movements to share their experiences, aspirations and lessons learnt for effective war-to-peace transitions, and by reflecting with UN1325 experts on the challenges and opportunities of supporting those women’s agency in negotiations and peacebuilding processes.
Stories From Feminist Peace Archives and How to Find Them
Join us for this online webinar where three speakers will tell some of the fascinating stories from their archives that cover the theme of feminist peace. This event is suitable for anyone interested in finding out more about feminist peace archives, and perhaps those interested in researching these topics further and undertaking archival research.
This event is co-hosted by the LSE Library.
New Directions in Women, Peace and Security: Climate, Race, Sexuality, Militarism - 13th October, 14:00 - 15:30 (BST)
What does the Women, Peace and Security agenda include today? To mark the publication of the edited collection New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020), this webinar explores the challenges, tensions and future directions for the agenda as we approach the twentieth anniversary of its founding resolution.
How Feminist Peace Can Transform Power, People, and Our Planet - 28 September, 15:00 - 16:30 (BST)
Join feminist peace activists and WILPF leaders Joy Onyesoh, Amani Beainy, Jamila Afghani, Melissa Torres and Madeleine Rees for a frank discussion and critical analysis of how feminist peace can transform the systems of power within our societies that generate inequality, violence, and environmental degredation.
Together, panelists will explore feminist analysis, stories, and alternative paths toward change that centre the lived realities and experiences of women around the world.
This event is hosted by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Citizens of the World Choir - 23 September
The Citizens of the World Choir will perform via livestream, reflecting on the concept of ‘feminist peace’.
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Strategies & Practices for Gender-Just Peacebuilding - 23 September, 11:00 - 12:30 (BST)
This panel is a discussion among women peacebuilders, exploring the strategies pursued by peacebuilders in reimagining and rearticulating peaceful geographies. The discussion will explore what constitutes a feminist peace and strategies to pursue it, as well as how we might articulate peace as plural, complex, intersectional and multi-sited.
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Transforming Power to Put Women at the Heart of Peacebuilding - 21 September, 13:00 - 14:30 (BST)
A new discussion paper Transforming power to put women at the heart of peacebuilding, a collection of regional-focused essays on Feminist Peace and Security will be launched on 21st September 2020. This day marks World Peace Day, and launches a series of events leading up to the Open Debates for Women Peace and Security and the 20th Anniversary of UN1325 resolution.
This event is hosted by OXFAM.
Can we Archive Memories? Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and beyond - 17 September, 15:30 - 16:30 (BST)
“Greenham Woman Everywhere” is a project to interview the women who formed the Greenham Common Peace Camp, which was established to protest nuclear weapons being placed at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire, between 1981 – 2000. This special panel event will include a discussion from the organisers of the Greenham Woman Everywhere project alongside LSE Library archivists, where we will explore some of the issues around archiving memories such as those of Greenham Common and beyond.
This event is co-hosted by the Centre and the LSE Library.
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International Law and a Gender-Just Peace - 15 September, 10:00 - 11:30 (BST)
A discussion among international lawyers and experts, this panel explores what might be the components of a feminist peace, how such a vision might be possible in today’s international law and what changes to the structures of international law might be needed.
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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 Security, Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre and the Women, Peace and Security Institute in Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
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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.
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.
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).
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 Security, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Security, Monash 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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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.
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.
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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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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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
Women and Weapons -13 December 2018
Speakers: Ray Acheson, Renata Dwan (pictured), Rebecca Johnson, Anna Stavrianakis. Chair: Christine Chinkin. Play audio recording
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
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
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.
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.
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.
International Law and New Wars - 20 June 2017
Speakers: Christine Chinkin, Mary Kaldor, Javier Solana; Chair: Toby Dodge. Play audio recording.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.