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We are excited to announce that Luz Méndez's book, Clamor for Justice: Sexual Violence, Armed Conflict and Violent Land Dispossession, is now available in English! This important book explores two major episodes of sexual violence against Guatemalan women from the Q’eqchí people: the first during Guatemala's civil war and the second during the current stage of the extraction-based model of neoliberal globalization. The Consortium is honored to have played a role in making this important book available in English.
In the book's Foreword, Consortium Director Carol Cohn writes: “In addition to its valuable contributions to how we think about ending impunity, Clamor for Justice also pushes us to think about conflict related sexual violence with greater subtlety and complexity. It does so by showing how critically important it is to understand the historical, social, and political economic contexts within which organized sexual violence takes place.”
Luz Méndez is a gender expert and peace negotiator; she was the only female member of the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca delegation, contributing to unprecedented commitments for gender equality in the accords. She has authored several books and articles on gender based violence, women's access to justice and peace building in Guatemala. She is an Affiliated Researcher of the Consortium.
The original Spanish language version of the book is available at: Mujeres indígenas: clamor por la justicia. Violencia sexual, conflicto armado y despojo violento de tierras (2014).
Join us at the Peace Forum October 28-30, 2015! This series of events, organized by WILPF, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and their many partners, will commemorate the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Consortium Director Carol Cohn will lead a workshop on Beyond 1325: A Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace on Friday, October 30, 3:00-4:30pm, at the Church Center for the United Nations, East 44th Street, New York, NY. This workshop will provide a space to radically rethink, broaden and deepen the current Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. We will ask: If we aim to be truly transformative in creating a more just, gender-equitable and sustainable peace, what is the WPS agenda missing, and how can we bring it in?
Key questions we will examine in the workshop include:
Registration is highly encouraged, RSVP here: Peace Forum Day 2 Workshops. Hope to see you there!
The Consortium held its inaugural workshop to develop a Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace in Oslo, Norway from June 10-12, 2015. In partnership with the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), the Consortium brought together seventeen prominent gender experts to explore how to address the unequal, deeply gendered political, economic and social power relations that underpin wars and undermine post-war efforts to build sustainable peace.
For more information on the workshop, click here.
Organized in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Women’s Power to Stop War conference will take place in The Hague, Netherlands on April 27-29, 2015.
In cooperation with WILPF, the Consortium is co-organizing a workshop: “A Feminist Playbook for Peace: Re-Owning 1325.” This session to Radically Rethink, Broaden and Deepen the Women, Peace and Security Agenda will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, from 2:00pm-2:45pm.
Consortium Director, Carol Cohn, will also facilitate a breakout session on Political Economy and Economic Rights at the PeaceWomen Strategic Consultation on the WPS High-Level Review. This consultation, led by the PeaceWomen Programme of WILPF with support from UNWomen, GNWP, CARE, Cordaid, and NGOWG, will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 2:00pm–3:45pm.
For more information or to register, visit the conference website.
Imagined Peace, Gender Relations and Post-Conflict Transformation: Anti-Colonial and Post-Cold War Conflicts
Jane Parpart, Research Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, UMass Boston
Wednesday, February 4th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston
Women on the Front Line: The Political Economy of Ebola in Postwar West Africa
Kade Finnoff, Assistant Professor of Economics, UMass Boston
Wednesday, February 25th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Chancellor's Conference Room, UMass Boston
The Political Economy of Displacement: Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan and the USA Post-2003
Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies, Denison University
Monday, March 2nd, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston
Occupations, Border-Crossings, and Gender: Human Rights in Palestine, Kashmir and the U.S.-Mexico Border
Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies, Denison University; Deepti Misri, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder; Luis F. Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UMass Boston
Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Campus Center Ballroom A, UMass Boston
Soap, Jeans, and Feminist Futures: “Corporate Social Responsibility” and Women’s Empowerment
Elisabeth Prügl, Consortium Senior Fellow 2014-2015, Professor of IR, Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva
Monday, April 6th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston
Hope to see you there!
Joy Onyesoh, President of WILPF Nigeria and Consortium speaker in November 2013, has released a statement from WILPF Nigeria about the abduction of girls from the school in Chibok, Borno State, on the 14th of April by Boko Haram.
Read the statement here.
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