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OXPEACE 2020 CONFERENCE
16 May 2020, St John's College, Oxford
The UN Resolution 1325 (2000) was a key moment for global peace. The world for the first time recognised the key role of women in peace and the need for their equal participation in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. This landmark resolution also acknowledged the different experience of war for women.
Marking the 20th anniversary of a path-breaking resolution, this year's conference is dedicated to the scholarship, policy and practice of women's inclusion in peacebuilding, peacekeeping and security as well as discussions about gender-based violence and the role of grassroots actors and organisations. Providing a discussion between practitioners, policymakers and academics, OxPeace2020 conference will reflect upon key achievements and failures in the inclusion of women in peace in the past two decades.
Attending the online conference is free.
OXPEACE 2020 DINNER - CANCELLED
Please note the dinner has been cancelled due to the pandemic. If you have already paid, please get in touch with us if you do not receive a reimbursement in the next few weeks.
PROGRAMME AND SPEAKERS
Times are in British Summer Time (BST)
Revd Dr Liz Carmichael MBE, Co-Convener, OxPeace
Teohna Williams, CEO, Business Plan for Peace
DINNER ADDRESS (PLANNED FOR 15 MAY)
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini MBE, LSE Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security
PANEL I: WOMEN IN MEDIATION AND PEACEMAKING
9.30 Dr Kevin McNicholl, post-doctoral research fellow, Edinburgh: “Using the PA-X Database to Understand Gender Perspectives in Peace Agreements”
9.45 Laura Wise, Research Associate, Edinburgh: “Beyond Handshake Moments: Supporting Women's Inclusion in Contemporary Peace Processes”
10.00 Quhramaana Kakar, peace activist and development practitioner
PANEL II: WOMEN IN PEACEKEEPING AND PEACEBUILDING
10.30 Dr Suad Musa, independent researcher: “UNSCR 1352 and the experience of women in Sudan”
10.45 Captain Sophie Piper, UN peacekeeping South Sudan: “Uniformed Women in South Sudan”
11.15 Coffee Break
PANEL III: COMBATING SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
11.35 Baroness Arminka Helic, former adviser to the UK Foreign Secretary, member of the House of Lords and the International Relations and Defence Committee.
11.50 Dr Henri Myrttinen, Gender Associations
CLOSING PLENARY: REFLECTIONS ON THE WPS AGENDA, AND ON THE CONFERENCE
12.20 Frances Guy, UNDP Regional Gender Advisor based in Amman.
12:40 Final comments and thanks. Where to find the podcast.
CEO of Business Plan for Peace
Teohna Williams is the CEO of Business Plan for Peace. Teohna worked with UNDP for five years, and has 12 years’ experience as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant on stability and governance in fragile states, with a particular interest in Haiti, South Sudan and Papua New Guinea. A former actress, Teohna believes strongly in the role of the arts in peacebuilding.
SANAM NARAGHI ANDERLINI
Director at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security; CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (keynote)
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE joined LSE as Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security in December 2019. Sanam is a globally recognised advocate in the field of women, peace and security, with 24 years’ experience as a peace strategist working on conflicts, crises and violent extremism with a mix of civil society, governments and the UN. Sanam is the founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) where she spearheads the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) comprising independent women-led organisations active in 40 countries, preventing violence and promoting peace, rights and pluralism.
UNDP Gender Advisor in
Middle East (keynote)
Frances Guy is currently UNDP Regional Gender Advisor based in Amman. She was previously Head of Middle East region at Christian Aid based in London. She worked as representative of UN Women in Iraq between May 2012 and December 2014, spending two years in Baghdad and six months in Erbil in northern Iraq. Prior to 2012, Frances was a career diplomat in the British Foreign Service where she served as ambassador to Yemen and to Lebanon. Her career was mostly focused in the Arab world and East Africa, although she also worked in Thailand. Before joining the diplomatic service, Frances worked for the British Council in Damascus and at the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Frances is currently president of the British Society of Middle East Studies (BRISMES).
Lead Associate, Gender Associations
Henri has worked for numerous NGOs and research institutions on gender, peace and security, focusing mostly on Southeast Asia and Central Asia, but also on Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. He holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies and wrote his thesis on masculinities and urban violence in Timor-Leste. He has worked on gender-based violence prevention, on critically engaging masculinities, integrating diverse sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) perspectives into peace and security work, as well as the gender dimension of small arms and light weapons, armed conflict and formal and informal security sector actors.
OxPeace Co-Convenor, Emeritus Research Fellow in Theology
Liz is the convenor of OxPeace. She is currently researching on the origins and operation of the South African National Peace Accord and the work of its structures in the transition period 1991-94. She became Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at St John's in 1996, and in 2004 published Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love, a history of the interpretation of 'agape' as friendship-love in the western Christian tradition.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Settlements Research Programme, University of Edinburgh
Kevin McNicholl is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working on the DfID funded project, the Peace Settlement Research Programme. His work focuses on inclusion and political power-sharing in peace agreements. This is his third post-doctoral position following his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast (graduated 2017) looking at “Cross-Community Identities in Deeply Divided Societies: The Case of the Northern Irish Identity". He also has research interests in national identity, political psychology, Northern Ireland, and Brexit.
Research Associate, Political Settlements Research Programme, University of Edinburgh
Laura Wise is a Research Associate with the DFID-funded Political Settlements Research Programme, and a member of the team behind the PA-X Peace Agreements Database. Laura’s research explores the intersections between minority and territorial politics in the context of peace processes and post-conflict societies. She focuses on sub-national political settlements, peace agreements and peace processes (especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1992-1995), ethnopolitics in post-conflict societies, and kin-state politics in borderlands, with a particular interest in Southeastern Europe.
Programme Manager of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth Network, Conciliation Resources; Visiting fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE; and Director of Women for Peace and Participation
Quhramaana Kakar is a peace activist and a development practitioner. She is founder and director of Women for Peace and Participation, an organisation providing platforms for communities in conflict regions and diaspora communities in UK and Europe – connecting the local to the global and the inclusion of women in the decision making around peace and security. She has worked in key positions for a number of International organisations and the Afghan government, including the UN, USAID international NGOs and the High Peace Council of Afghanistan. In recognition for her work and achievements for peace, Quhramaana was awarded by the UN N-Peace network as “Role Model for Peace 2012” and currently provides support to UN peace-network as advisor on the strategic board.
BARONESS ARMINKA HELIC
Member of the House of Lords
Baroness Helic was adviser to the UK Foreign Secretary between 2010-14. She is member of the House of Lords and the International Relations and Defence Committee.
CPT SOPHIE PIPER
UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan
Capt Sophie Piper commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in April 2013. She has spent time serving in Germany where she deployed on Op TOSCA as part of the British support to the UN Mission in Cyprus, before taking on a role in training future Army Recruits. Sophie moved to Nepal where she worked with the Gurkha Welfare Trust developing their community projects before continuing her work with the Gurkha as a Programme manager in Maidstone. She has recently returned from South Sudan on Op TRENTON, as part of the UK support to the UN mission.