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Consortium Lectures

Consortium Lectures are edited transcripts and video recordings from the Consortium’s International Speaker Series. Our Speaker Series brings an international roster of frontline practitioners, reflective activists and engaged scholars. Their talks address the complex realities of women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in conflict-affected areas, the challenges of trying to bring feminist commitments into security policy and humanitarian practice, and the ways in which gender analysis can and must transform resolutely “gender-blind” paradigms of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

  • Women’s Contributions to Peace Processes: What Does the New Research Tell Us?

    • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini
      Director, Policy Commission, Women Waging Peace
    February 9, 2005


    In 2002, Women Waging Peace launched an ambitious field-based research program with the goal of producing 10-15 stand alone case studies on women's contributions to peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction, drawing on key themes including conflict prevention, peacemaking, and post conflict reconstruction. The cases range from women's roles in peacemaking to their influence on the ICTY, their role in shaping security sector reform in South Africa, contributions to disarmament programs in Sierra Leone, and governance in Rwanda. Sanam Naraghi Anderlini will present an overview of this research project, including its goals, lessons learnt in developing and conducting the research, key findings from the thematic case studies, the advocacy objectives and achievements of the venture, and future steps. 


  • Failing to Secure the Peace: Practical Gendered Lessons from Haiti & Iraq

    • Nadine Puechguirbal
      Senior Gender Advisor, UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti
    • Cynthia Enloe
      Research Professor of Women's Studies and International Development at Clark University
    October 26, 2004

    Nadine Puechguirbal – Senior Gender Advisor, UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti 
    Nadine Peuchguirbal has worked in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York, and as a Gender Affairs Officer to the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She comes to us directly from Haiti to reflect on the challenges of mainstreaming a gender perspective in the Haiti peacekeeping mission.

    Cynthia Enloe – Research Professor of Women's Studies and International Development at Clark University
    Cynthia Enloe is the author of many ground-breaking books, including Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2001), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives (1999), and The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War (1993). She will explore gendered questions that have been absent from the public discussion of the Abu Ghraib scandal, and their impact on the US’s ability to secure the peace in Iraq.

  • Working in the Field: Practitioners Discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

    • Carol Cohn
      Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
    • Nadine Puechguirbal
      Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    • Nathalie Gahunga
      Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
    • Angela Raven-Roberts
      Tufts University and Feinstein International Famine Center
    April 26, 2004
  • Feminist Peace Activism in Sri Lanka

    • Malathi de Alwis
      International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    February 23, 2004

    Malathi de Alwis discusses trends in feminist peace activism in Sri Lanka, commenting on the strategies used and the influence of international donor agencies on the agendas of local peace activists.

  • U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, Three Years On: Gender, Security and Organizational Change

    • Felicity Hill
      Peace and Security Adviser to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
    • Carol Cohn
      Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
    • Cynthia Enloe
      Clark University
    January 20, 2004

    Felicity Hill, Carol Cohn, and Cynthia Enloe discuss the impact of UNSC Resolution 1325. Recognizing that 1325 breaks new ground by putting women squarely in the center of efforts to end armed conflicts and create sustainable peace, the speakers address questions such as: to what degree is this merely a rhetorical shift? To what degree has it resulted in a transformation of United Nations' policies and practices? What are the barriers to institutional change at the United Nations? 

  • Women Organizing in Iraq

    • Lina Abood
      Medical Doctor
    • Sawsan Al-Barak
      Chemical Engineer
    • Ala Talabani
      Kurdish and Women's Rights Activist
    • Maha Muna
      Peace & Security Program Manager at UNIFEM
    November 8, 2003
  • The Current Situation of Women in Afghanistan

    • Parvina Nadjibulla
      Program Specialist on Gender, Peace and Security at the United Methodist Office for the United Nations
    October 20, 2003


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