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The Coming of Age of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; 21 in 2021

The People and Perspectives Driving A Transformative Global Peace and Security Agenda

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council women, peace and security (WPS) agenda, the momentum around the key principles and issues of the agenda is gaining attention globally. This renewed energy and focus is important, but it is only effective if the commitments made are realised and fully implemented. To do so requires significant immediate and long-term changes in the ways in which conflict and peace analysis is done, responses prioritised, and institutions and bureaucracies adapted.   

The momentum and vision for this change has come from individuals working as peacebuilders, delivering development humanitarian relief, working for justice and security sector reform and the prevention of sexual violence and violent extremism.To honour these pioneers and share the extraordinary personal stories and experiences that are shaping this global agenda, and sustain the momentum for action beyond the 20th anniversary, the LSE Centre for Women Peace and Security is launching a ‘Dialogue with the Director’ series of events.  

The events will each be aligned with key themes that are addressed across the 11 resolutions, and feature three guests who are active on the issues, interviewed by the director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE.

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21 in 2021 Event Series

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Up Coming Events

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Why Women's Lives Don't Matter: ignoring sexual violence in conflict

 7 December, 13:00 - 14:15 (GMT)

 Join Surood Mohammed Falih, Pramila Patten and Robinah Rubimbwa to reflect on factors that give rise to sexual violence, persistent gaps in state and multilateral efforts as well as the effective prevention and response strategies that have been put in place. 



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Putting Peace Back into Politics

Professor Monica McWilliams, Halima Mohamed, and Dr Amina Rasul discuss the challenges and obstacles of putting peace back onto the agenda and back into politics.


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The 21st Anniversary of the WPS Agenda: Progress or Regress?

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE will talks with three generations of Women peacebuilders: Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a pioneer, whose work is among the inspirational forces behind the agenda; Enass Muzamel, a humanitarian practitioner and human rights activist, spearheading civic and youth engagement; and Ahlem Nasraoui, a leader and influencer, embracing new methods and practices for peacebuilding.

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Is Peace Just the Absence of War?

21 September marks the International Day of Peace, an opportunity to commit to building a culture of peace. But what exactly is a culture of peace and how do we build it? On this 40th anniversary of World Peace Day our world is far from peaceful. 

This event is the 6th session in the Coming of Age of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda series.

Cranes 130 x 130

Survival and Activism under Occupation

With a focus on Myanmar and Palestine, for our fifth session in the Coming of Age of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda series asks how do social activists survive and thrive under military dictatorships and occupation forces?

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Predatory States and Ungoverned Spaces: who assumes the responsibility to protect?

This discussion will draw attention to the growing challenge of failed governance by states, the emergence of ungoverned and ‘alternatively governed’ spaces, and the implications for civilians with a focus on Nigeria and Yemen. 

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Talking to Extremists: gender, power and belonging

In the second event of the "Coming of Age of Women Peace and Security, In Conversation" series, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE speaks with Shannon Foley Martinez, Deeyah Khan and Mossarat Qadeem on their experience of talking to extremists.

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Warfare and Peacemaking in the 21st Century: who's taking responsibility to protect and promote peace

In this, the first 'In Conversation with' event, the director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, will delve into the real world experiences and efforts to bring the vision and promise of the WPS agenda to life in conversation with Visaka DharmadasaAbir Haj Ibrahim and HRH The Countess of Wessex. 

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The 21 in 2021 series is co-hosted with The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy