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Strategies & Practices for Gender-Just Peacebuilding

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security


Visaka Dharmadasa

Visaka Dharmadasa

Founder of the Association of War Affected Women

Helen Kezie-Nwoha

Helen Kezie-Nwoha

Executive Director at the Women’s International Peace Centre

Lepa Mladjenović

Lepa Mladjenović

Lesbian feminist anti-war activist


Dr Elena B. Stavrevska

Dr Elena B. Stavrevska

Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Please note this event is running from 11:00 - 12:30 British Summer Time (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.

The panel will be chaired by Dr Elena B. Stavrevska with speakers Visaka Dharmadasa, Helen Kezie-Nwoha and Lepa Mladjenović. This panel is part of the Visions of Feminist Peace programme, supported by an AHRC grant title A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security led by Prof Christine Chinkin and Dr Louise Arimatsu.

About the speakers: 

Visaka Dharmadasa (@venuwan) founded the Association of War Affected Women in 2000. Visaka was nominated for a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of the 1000 Peace Women Across the Globe. She set up AWAR to create a space for war-affected women, specifically mothers and wives of those who are missing, to come together across the divide to work for peace. AWAR is committed to achieving sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and believes that peace has to be negotiated through an inclusive process. Visaka and AWAW are committed to safeguarding democracy and rights of all, specifically women’s rights and advancement.

Helen Kezie-Nwoha (@keziehelen) is a feminist peace activist and a women human rights defender from Nigeria. Helen is currently the Executive Director at the Women’s International Peace Centre (@TheWIPCentre). Helen has extensive experience working on women’s rights, gender, peacebuilding, conflict resolution and governance. She has led peace advocacy efforts at international, regional and national levels. 

Lepa Mladjenović is a lesbian feminist anti-war activist born in socialist Yugoslavia. Feminist counselor working with women with trauma of male violence and trauma of anti-lesbianism. Activist in European movement of deinstitutionalization of psychiatry, anti-fascist activist against male violence, war, nationalism and other hatreds on the basis of identities like racism, lesbophobia, LGBT, hatred against immigrants and others.  

Chair: Dr Elena B. Stavrevska (@EBStavrevska) is a Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, working on the ‘Gendered Peace’ project. She has previously worked as a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Bard College Berlin, and a work-package coordinator and researcher in the EU-funded project Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India at the Central European University. 

See the full Visions of Feminist Peace programme here