Past Events & News

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Past Events & News

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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). 

Church Center of the United Nations, 10th Floor, East 44th St, New York, NY
Friday, October 30, 2015

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, NYThis 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: 

  • Why are areas typically outside the WPS Agenda – such as the rebuilding of infrastructure, or public finance, or extractive industries and land grabbing, or dealing with international financial institutions – so crucial for us to address?
  • What are some expectable post-war issues and dynamics that impede the realization of gender equality, even when it is written into constitutional provisions?
  • How might analysis of the root causes of conflict and inequality transform the agenda for peace negotiations?

Registration is highly encouraged, RSVP here: Peace Forum Day 2 Workshops. Hope to see you there!

Oslo, Norway
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015

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.

The Hague, Netherlands
Monday, April 27, 2015 to Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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.

Church Center of the UN, 777 1st Avenue, 2nd floor, East 44th Street, New York
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Panel Discussion: "A Transformative Women, Peace & Security Agenda: The Need to Challenge Militarism"
This discussion will analyze the gendered nature of peace & security mechanisms by uncovering the linkages between hegemonic masculinities, violence and militarism and its current effects on UNSCR 1325 implementation. A transformative Women, Peace & Security agenda, with active participation of women, is only possible by challenging militarism, promoting an agenda of disarmament, and investing in nonviolent alternatives for conflict resolution.
SpeakersIsabelle Geuskens, Executive Director - Women Peacemakers Program (WPP); Carol Cohn, Director Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights; Hannah Wright, Gender Peace and Security Adviser - Saferworld; Anand Pawar, Executive Director - SAMYAK; Ray Acheson, Director - Reaching Critical Will, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Please RSVP no later than March 10, 3PM to Ms. Thalia Malmberg, Women Peacemakers Program (WPP)

New York
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) has issued a press release on the panel discussion: "A Transformative Women, Peace and Security Agenda: The Need to Challenge Militarism.” The discussion took place on March 10, 2015, on the occasion of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York and featured Consortium Director, Carol Cohn, and representatives from WPP, Saferworld, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and SAMYAK.
Read the press release here.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 to Saturday, February 21, 2015
Roundtable: "The UN's 'Women, Peace and Security' Agenda 15 Years On: Local Challenges, Global Issues, Future Directions"
Chair: Laura J. Shepherd (University of New South Wales) 
Participants: Soumita Basu  (South Asian University), Carol E. Cohn  (Consortium on Gender, Security and Human  Rights), Paul C. Kirby  (University of Sussex), Laura McLeod  (University of Manchester), Fionnuala Ni Aolain  (University of Minnesota Law School), Sarah Taylor  (New School for Social Research
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Panel: "Gender-Based Violence in 'War' and 'Peace'"
Chair: Carol E. Cohn  (Consortium on Gender, Security and Human 
Pascha Bueno‐Hansen  (University of Delaware) is the discussant on this panel featuring:
  • "Gender Violence in Ukraine: Empirical Evidence and Policy Interventions," Ganna Gerasymenko (Institute for Demography and Social Studies, Ukraine National Academy of Sciences)
  • "On Ending Sexual Violence or Civilizing War," Jelke Boesten  (King's College London)
  • "Frames Matter: On the Continuum of Sexual(ized) Violence," Annick T. R. Wibben  (University of San Francisco)
  • "'Today, I Want To Speak The Truth':  Testimony And Gender Based Violence In And Out Of War," Erin K. Baines  (University of British Columbia)
  • "The Performativity of 'Gender‐Based Violence' in International Politics: Erasing Structural Violence and Constructing Cultural Violence," Nicola Pratt  (University of Warwick)
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to Monday, April 6, 2015


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


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Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to Monday, December 1, 2014
In tandem with this year's Speaker Series, the Consortium will hold a series of research seminars, affording faculty and graduate students the opportunity for in-depth engagement with our speakers and each other.  The thematic focus for the year will be The Gendered Political Economies of War and Peacebuilding.
So come for the speaker events, and stay for the chance to engage with the speakers on their research, bringing perspectives from your own!
We hope that many of you will find it useful to engage in this year-long, in depth conversation. Please note, though, that you needn’t be able to attend all of the meetings to participate. 
If you have colleagues whom you think might be interested in the Consortium Seminar on Gendered Political Economies of Peacebuilding, please either forward this invitation, or send their contact details to us at:   
We look forward to seeing you at this Fall’s events!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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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