The goal of this panel is to examine the importance of intersectional considerations, from multiple perspectives, especially in times of crisis and in regard to gendered peace.
The panel will engage with a number of questions, including: (1) How have the COVID-19 policy responses taken into consideration and affected intersectional inequalities?; (2) What role can human rights mechanisms, and CEDAW in particular, play in integrating intersectionality in states’ responses to crises and violence?; (3) More broadly, how equipped are international law and policy to address intersectional discrimination and oppression with respect to achieving gender-just peace?
Meet the speakers
Bandana Rana from Nepal has been a member of the UN CEDAW Committee since 2017 and is currently the chair of the Working Group on Inquiries. She is also a member of the UNFPA High Level Commission on ICPD25 follow up. Her experience spans three decades of active engagement in promoting women's rights and gender equality through the different organisations and networks she has founded and led. She has worked from the grassroots to the national, regional and global level leading advocacy, research, and public outreach and community mobilisation programmes. Her many years of dedicated work have been in the areas of violence against women, gendered conflict transformation, peace building and engendered media particularly through the two organisations she co-founded and led, Saathi and Sancharika Samuha in Nepal. She is the former chair of the National Women's Commission of Nepal.
Angélica Cocomá Ricaurte is reading for a DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the implication of unconsented medical procedures during hospital births in women's autonomy. Before coming to Oxford, she worked at Women's Link Worldwide, representing victims of human rights violations in national and international courts. She was part of the team that drafted the latest lawsuit to decriminalize abortion in Colombia.
Elena B. Stavrevska is a Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, working on the ‘Gendered Peace’ project. Her research has explored issues of gender, intersectionality, transitional justice, and political economy in post-war societies, with a particular focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia.
Chair: Sarah Smith is a Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She is author of Gendering Peace: UN Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste (Routledge, 2019), co-editor of Feminist Conversations on Peace (Bristol University Press, forthcoming) and has published articles in International Studies Review, European Journal of Politics & Gender and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. She was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest and has also taught at Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She is currently researching gender and data in peace and security.
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