The Difference that Gender Makes to International Peace and Security

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We are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual International Feminist Journal of Politics Conference will be held at the University of Queensland on 18-19 June, 2015. Our conference theme is “The Difference that Gender Makes to International Peace and Security,” reflecting the significance of 2015 as a year which marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference for Women’s Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995); the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace, and Security; and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals project. This conference will bring together international and regional feminist researchers and practitioners to deliberate on this theme and other questions relevant to the global standing of women. Papers will be drawn from the fields of politics and international relations, peace and conflict studies, international law, development studies, health, and cultural studies.

Ms Gaynel Curry, Gender and Women's Rights Advisor to the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR), will give a keynote address on Thursday evening, followed by a cocktail reception.  

To assist our final conference planning we encourage all participants to register here by 30 May 2015.

For any queries please contact conference organisers at

We welcome attendance from academics, civil society, as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students at the event.  Please note that registration costs have been tiered to take into account individual financial means.  A discounted rate is available for members of civil society: $80 for one day and $120 for both days. Please note that conference registration includes includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for both conference days as well as attendance at a keynote cocktail reception on evening of 18 June. If you would like to register a group, please contact Dyonne Pennings at or by phone on 07 3346 66437 to arrange a group booking discount.

For more information on the Conference, please visit the IFJP Conference website: