Director, Gender Equality Initiative (GEIA)

Dr. Shirley Graham

Dr. Shirley Graham is the Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) and Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School, GW. She is also a Research Fellow affiliated with the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction at Dublin City University. Her PhD examined gendering processes within militaries that position women and men in particular roles formally and informally, supporting or inhibiting women’s access to peacekeeping missions. Shirley conducted her research in Kosovo and completed her PhD at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Dr. Graham’s current research interests include women and peace-building, women’s economic empowerment, and gender-based violence. Her practitioner work includes evaluating progress and strategic planning for the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (14 humanitarian and development INGOs); coordinating the Hanna’s House cross-border feminist peace-building project in Ireland/Northern Ireland; women’s leadership and political training for Women for ElectionIMPACT Trade Union, and the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation.

Recent Publications:

Making Men Visible in the Women, Peace & Security Agenda (2020) forthcoming Fall 2020.

Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion: at a time when the United States might render it illegal (2018) in ‘American Prospect’, July 2018.

A Gender Paradox: Discourses on Women in UN Peacekeeping, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 27 (2016), pp.165-187.

Women Peacekeepers: Gender Discourses on “Equal but Different” Amongst Irish Peacekeepers, in ‘Gender & Peacebuilding: All Hands Required’, 2015, Eds. Flaherty, M.P., T. Matyok, J. Senehi, S. Byrne, H. Tuso, Lexington Books, New York.

Policy & Conference Papers:

Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence Strategic Plan 2017–2020: Leaving no one behind, tackling gender based violence where the needs are greatest.

Roundtable Report, Department of Foreign Affairs Conference on Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security, Dublin, October 2014.

Equal but Different: Gender Discourses in the Social Relations of Irish Peacekeepers. PSAI Annual Conference, Galway, October 2014.

Submission to DFAT on Ireland’s Second National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace & Security, August 2014.

National Women’s Council of Ireland Report on Pre-deployment questionnaires to Irish Troops on gender and UNSCR 1325, February 2014.

Women Peacekeepers & Gender Discourses in the Irish Defence Forces. Department of Foreign Affairs Conference on UNSCR 1325 & the Participation and Representation of Women: the successes, gaps and challenges, November 2013.

Feminist Visions of Peace, Justice & Transformation. Hanna’s House Ezine Series editor, 2012.

Women Count for Peace, Consultation Report for Ireland’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, January 2011.

Uniquely Useful: Women and Stereotypes in Peacekeeping Missions. Limerick University, Women’s Memory Work: Gendered Dilemmas of Social Transformation, August 2010.

Equal but Different: Women in the Irish Defence Forces. International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, March 2009.

Gender and International Peacekeeping: Narratives, voices and meaning. International Studies Association Conference, Chicago, March 2008.

Gender and International Peacekeeping in the Irish Defence Forces. Trinity College Dublin Post-Graduate Seminar, March 2007.

Gender and International Peacekeeping: A Journey towards a Methodology. University College Dublin Post-Graduate Seminar, January 2007.

Women Peacekeepers: Pioneers of Change or Agents of the Patriarchy? Royal Irish Academy Post-Graduate Seminar, November 2006.

Women Soldiers: Revolutionaries or Cogs in the Military Machine? University College Dublin Seminar ‘From Rhetoric to Reality’, October 2006.










Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA)


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