Consortium Director Carol Cohn at the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:30
The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, Stockholm, Sweden
Panel: A Feminist Approach to Justice, Human Rights and Participation in Peace and Security 
Gender equality and women’s rights are prerequisites for sustainable peace. How can we better understand the gendered root causes such as discrimination, economic and social injustice, patriarchy and violent masculinities as drivers of conflict and violence to strengthen prevention? How do structural barriers lead to women’s exclusion from peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction? How can the women peace and security agenda and lessons from women’s experience of conflict resolution and peacebuilding be used more effectively? This conversation will cover three interlinked components of the women peace and security agenda: prevention, participation and gender justice.
Organizer: Sida
Moderator: Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE
Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Yanar Mohammed, Executive Director, Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)
Carol Cohn, Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
Mariam Jalabi, Syrian Women’s Political Movement
Barbro Svedberg, Policy Advisor, Women Peace and Security, Sida

Panel: Whose Security? Gender and Global, Regional, National and Individual Security 
The linkage between peace, security and gender equality was established within the wider global community when the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was adopted in 2000.
The different stakeholders working for global, regional, national and individual security had not previously focussed on gender equality and the integration of gender perspectives.  Today, several security and defence organisations globally, regionally and nationally have taken steps to implement the WPS agenda and to achieve gender equality through both gender mainstreaming and gender balance. However, with two years left until the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, progress is insufficient and far too slow.
While some good practices have been established, there are remaining challenges to meet and gaps to fill. Furthermore, the nexus between security and development, and the nexus between civilian and military need to be bridged.
This interactive panel will bring together policymakers, scholars and security sector practitioners for an open and forward-looking discussion about the next steps they need to take in order to achieve peace, security, justice, gender equality and sustainable development.
Organizer: EEAS – European External Action Service
Moderator: Charlotte Isaksson, Gender Advisor – ‎European External Action Service (EEAS)
Reflections: HE Margot Wallström
Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary-General, NATO
Karl Engelbrektson, General, Chief of Army Staff, Swedish Armed Forces
Kateryna Levchenko, Governmental Commissioner for Gender Policy (Cabinet of Ministers), Ukraine
Ann-Kristin Kvilekval, Senior Police Adviser, UNFICYP
Eva Zillén, Senior Advisor, Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
Carol Cohn, Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston, Director of Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights

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