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Meeting 3
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Littauer 380 (Watkins)
Topic: The promises, challenges, and implications of implementing the US NAP on Women, Peace and Security in Afghanistan

Speaker: Brenda Opperman, member of the Commander ISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (COMISAF/CAAT), former Chief of Party Baghdad Office, United States Institute of Peace.
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Brenda Oppermann has served as an advisor and senior program manager for assorted organizations including USAID, the UN, the US Institute of Peace, US Army, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), OSCE and assorted NGOs. She has worked on programs dealing with gender, women's rights, democracy building, civil society, rule of law, and issues of transition in conflict and post-conflict in Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Ms. Oppermann has expertise in designing strategies to promote gender equity and equality as well as integrating gender considerations into humanitarian assistance, development, stabilization and counterinsurgency initiatives.

She has held a variety of gender-related positions including Stability Operations Advisor at Regional Command-South, Kandahar, Afghanistan where she focused on drafting and operationalizing the Command's first gender strategy and served as the Lead Facilitator for an interagency Gender Playbook; Core Team Lead for a UNIFEM Law Review Study examining women's rights in East Africa; Gender Policy Advisor for USAID's Iraq Reconstruction Office; Gender Initiatives Advisor for USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), and Democratization and Minority Affairs Officer at the OSCE Kosovo Mission where she played an integral role in developing the first multi-ethnic women's network in the Gnjilane Region as well as contributing to the development of the Kosovo Action Plan for the Advancement of Women.

Ms. Oppermann has also conducted research concerning the legal, economic and cultural obstacles confronting female entrepreneurs in Botswana and the impact of legal pluralism on women's status in Egypt, South Africa and the U.S. In addition to possessing a solid understanding of women's rights vis-a-vis international law, customary law, Shari'ah, and constitutional law, she also understands the particular issues facing women in fragile states and zones of conflict and post-conflict having extensive experience managing programs in these areas. She possesses a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law.


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