Gender & Security Seminar: "Women and Peace Negotiations, Peace Processes, and Political Participation"
Monday, February 14, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219) Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Directions to Venue
Women play a critical, yet largely unrecognized role in resolving conflict. Recent conflicts and peace processes have suggested that the establishment of sustainable peace hinges largely on the integration of women’s voices and priorities in negotiations, transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction. However, women and gender concerns are typically not included or considered in important state-building activities such as peace processes. Women also face significant barriers to political participation, which consequently creates a barrier to their participation in peace negotiations. This seminar will explore the link between gender and transitions to peace, with a specific focus on the role of women in peace negotiation processes and women’s political participation. The activity following the speakers’ briefing will allow participants to experience first-hand the difficulties of ensuring that all voices are heard in an assessment and that gender concerns are voiced.
Susan Markham, Director, Women’s Participation, National Democratic Institute
Michael Semple, Fellow, Carr Center Program on State Building & Human Rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Barriers to Justice: Identifying Gender Issues in Security Sector Reform Assessments.
Koppell, Carla: “Supporting Women in Negotiations: A Model for Elevating Their Voices and Reflecting Their Agenda in Peace Deals”, The Institute for Inclusive Security, October 2009.
Hassan, Palwasha: “The Afghan Peace Jirga: Ensuring that Women are at the Peace Table”, USIP Peace Brief, May 2010.
Potter, Antonia: Gender sensitivity: nicety or necessity in peace process management?, Humanitarian Centre for Dialogue brief, June 24, 2008.
Gender Action for Peace and Security UK. Global Monitoring Checklist on Women, Peace and Security: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka. 2009.