The Program runs a Gender and International Affairs Speaker Series to host scholars, activists and practitioners to speak on their research, campaigns and policy developments related to gender and gender equality. We aim to host as wide a range of speakers as possible on issues that relate to gender, social justice and human rights in international affairs. The seminars are open to all.
Anna Gwiazda will discuss her research on women's parliamentary representation in Eastern Europe, specifically examining the efficacy of the adoption of legislative gender quotas in the case of Pol
Women's Empowerment & Sexual Health: A Conversation with Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Lilianne Ploumen was born in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 12 July 1962. She holds Masters Degrees in Social History (1988) and Strategic Marketing Management (1992).
What do we know about African women judges on international courts? Based on a forthcoming edited book, Dr.
Zarizana Aziz will join us to discuss her work on the Due Diligence Project, a three-half year research project across 48 countries to find ways to have more effective programming through the lens
Dr. Hala Aldosari will lead a discussion on the impact of gender norms on the construction of women's roles and identity in Saudi Arabia.
For decades it seemed that women’s representation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) had permanently fallen behind other world regions.
The US Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons will visit the Elliott School of International Affairs to engage in an informal conversation with George Washington University students ab
Are innovative social impact games effective in bringing about positive changes in attitudes and behavior? What differentiates them from other forms of information dissemination?
This half-day conference is funded through a three-year award from the U.S.
Learning from Each Other about Teaching Global Gender Issues through a U.S.-Pakistan University Partnership on Women’s Empowerment
Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 the international community has recognized the need to ensure the effective participation of women at all stages of peace processes. While academic and policy focus has tended to rest on the need to ensure the participation of women at high level peace negotiations, no less important is the need to include women at other stages of peace making. Significantly, women remain persistently either absent or invisible as mediators, despite the call in Security Council Resolution 1889 to ensure that women are appointed as high-level mediators and within mediator teams. The contribution of mediation to peace processes is often overlooked because it takes place behind the scenes and mediators are bound by rules of confidentiality. However the practice of mediation requires different qualities and skills than negotiation, and is a field of practice to which women could make a significant contribution. In addition, those women skilled in mediation practice may not be the same women as those who participate as high-level negotiators. Providing training and support for women as mediators may therefore also increase the number of women who participate in peace processes by increasing the opportunities for participation beyond high-level negotiation. This paper explores the relative invisibility of women as mediators, and considers some of the reasons why a greater emphasis on mediation might help to achieve outcomes for women in peace negotiations.
Dr. Adomaka Ampofo is a visiting Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Concordia University, Irvine CA.
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