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Critically Examining UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

This seminar, held on 23 January 2012 at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, explored several questions relating to the implementation and impact of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was passed by the UN Security Council in 2000.

  • To what degree is Resolution 1325 actually being translated into programmes and measures on the ground and with what outcomes?
  • What are the implications of the Resolution's focus on armed conflict, as opposed to other forms of structural violence, for peace and security?
  • How do women activists in conflict areas use UNSCR 1325?
  • Is the privileging of a universal gender identity in understanding women's experiences and responses to conflict, above other social categories, a useful tool for women's activism?
  • What does the formulation, adoption and/or implementation of 1325 tell us about the nature of post-Cold War global governance?

The seminar was funded by an IAS Impact Award, the Departments of Politics and International Studies and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, and organized in conjunction with GAPS-UK (Gender Action on Peace and Security). The presentations are based on some of the contributions to a special issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (published in December 2011).

1. Sophie Richter-Devroe (University of Exeter): UNSCR 1325: NEW CONCEPTUAL, PRACTICAL AND POLICY ISSUES

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2. Nicola Pratt (University of Warwick/WILPF) and Sophie Richter-Devroe (University of Exeter): UNSCR 1325: NEW CONCEPTUAL, PRACTICAL AND POLICY ISSUES

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3. Sahla Aroussi (University of Antwerp): ADDRESSING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WARTIME SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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4. Vanessa Farr (UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People): UNSCR 1325 AND WOMEN’S PEACE ACTIVISM IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

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5. Laura McLeod (University of Manchester): OPERATIONALISING UNSCR 1325 IN SERBIA

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6. Margaret Owen (Widows for Peace and Democracy): WIDOWHOOD ISSUES IN THE CONTEXT OF UNSCR 1325

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7. Discussant: Dr Miranda Alison (University of Warwick)

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