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       The Gender & Security Seminar Series

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Meeting 1:
Gender & Security Seminar: "UN 1325: Introduction to the Gender and Security Seminar Series"

Monday, January 31, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219) Harvard Kennedy School of Government
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This year is the 10th Anniversary of the ground-breaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UN 1325), which underscores the importance of gender equality to peace and security efforts. Gender is a now considered to be an important dimension in security and peace, although still a relatively new dimension in international politics. However, few policymakers and practitioners are familiar with either UN 1325 or the foundational concepts regarding gender equality and how to apply these concepts in practice. This introductory session will cover the key concepts and definitions of gender mainstreaming, and will introduce a simple analytic tool to evaluate policies and programs for gender integration. Participants will have the opportunity to examine short case studies in small group work and discussion.

Special Guest Speaker: Ambassador Swanee Hunt
Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, was the Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School. She is currently core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership and an advisor to the Working Group on Modern Day Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She has taught The Choreography of Social Movements at Harvard College and lectured at Harvards business, law, divinity, and education graduate schools. Hunt also chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, conducting research, training, and advocacy to integrate women into peace processes. Her seminal work in this area began when, as the U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states and on the encouragement of women leaders throughout Eastern Europe. More on Swanee Hunt


Introduction to key concepts and the Gender Continuum, a gender analysis tool for policies and programs.

Essential Readings:

No readings will be assigned for the first meeting. However, the session will introduce the Gender Continuum as a framework that will be used to analyze policies and programs throughout the study group series. During the course of the session, the Gender Continuum will be applied to examine the gender dimensions of various conflict and development programs.

Follow-Up Materials:
Gender & Security Seminar Poster

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