CFP: Where are the Women after Resolution 1325? Understanding Women in the Process of Peace.

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December 18, 2019 to December 19, 2019
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Diplomacy and International Relations, Peace History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

CFP: Where are the Women after Resolution 1325? Understanding Women in the Process of Peace.

18-19 December 2019, Leiden University

Since the United Nations passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in 2000, it has gradually been acknowledged that women should have a powerful and decisive role in conflict prevention and conflict resolution. This conference focuses on women as agents of peace across the five key stages of the peace process: conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict resolution and the post-conflict environment.  

The central questions this conference asks are: What is the contribution of women role as agents of peace in the UN system? What innovations exist that can help quantitatively and qualitatively improve female participation in the process of peace? How can the UN incentivize nations to improve gender equity in their contributions to peace processes?

We welcome papers that examine the five key dimensions of peace at all levels of engagement: international, national or local and in any region of the world.  We are most interested in papers that take an empirical or historical approach, those that serve to qualitatively assess the role of women, and those that highlight field and archival research. Topics should address one of the following key areas:

Conflict Prevention: How do women act to prevent conflict through the UN system, especially in humanitarian agencies which identify potential hotspots? What is the role of women’s NGOs working in zones where violent conflict is likely? How can women prevent conflict at the local level:  as family leaders, in business and as social entrepreneurs? 

Peacekeeping and peacebuilding: What is the experience of female peacekeepers?  How are women deployed in peace operations and what barriers to inclusion do they face at local, national and the international level? What kind of peace are female peacekeepers trying to build?  How can the practice itself become more gender equitable?

Conflict resolution and the post-conflict environment: How do women function as mediators and in transitional justice processes?  How can women promote or create a more gender equal society post-conflict?  What challenges and opportunities do they face in doing so?

Papers are invited on a range of related topics including but not limited to:

  • Women as norm entrepreneurs in the UN system;
  • Women working for peace in the Global South;
  • The diffusion of 1325 and its longer and wider impacts on the role of women in conflict;
  • How can an inclusive approach be developed towards embracing and empowering more women at the national level to strengthen the UN system and thereby its effectiveness?

The keynote speaker for this event is Séverine Autesserre (Columbia University). Some funding is available for travel and accommodation expenses.

Please submit abstracts by: 31st August 2019 by email to: For further information: Professor Alanna O’Malley, Chair United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, Leiden University/The Hague University of Applied Sciences/ Dr. Vanessa Newby, Assistant Professor, Institute for Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University.

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Vanessa Newby, Leiden University,    

Alanna O'Malley,

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