Past Events & News

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Past Events & News

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.

University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center
Friday, May 9, 2014

The Consortium is pleased to be leading the pre-conference workshop of the International Feminist Journal of Politics third annual conference, “Gender and Crisis in Global Politics.” Speakers at our workshop on “Gendered Political Economies of Peacebuilding,” will include Lina M. Céspedes-Baez, Carol Cohn, Emily Cole, Andrea Collins, Heidi Hudson, Dyan Mazurana, Ann Tickner and Jacqui True.


Campus Center, Room 3545, UMass Boston
Thursday, April 24, 2014


Please join us on Thursday, April 24th, for an hour of networking after Sam Cook's talk, "Women, Peace and Security" Policy's Skewed Focus on Sexual Violence: The Failure of a "Successful" Feminist Intervention? Sam is a lawyer and women's rights activist from South Africa, and this talk promises to be fascinating, so we hope you will be able to join us at 4pm for her talk, and stay for networking with her and others from 6 - 7pm.  Both events will take place in the UMass Boston Campus Center, room 3545. (Even if arriving in time for the talk is impossible for you, we hope you'll feel free to come at 6pm.)

We are excited to be able to help form a network of scholars devoted to exploring gender and security issues, and we hope you will become a part of it!

Davis Auditorium, 2nd floor in the HESS-CSM Building 1470 Madison Ave at 101st and 102nd Street, NYC, NY
Friday, April 25, 2014


Moderated by Carol Cohndirector of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, this panel will provide an opportunity for those participating in human rights education to share experiences, ideas, inspiration and resources for bringing this essential field of study to new generations of students.

Stern Auditorium, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 1468 Madison Avenue at 100th Street, NYC, NY
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Carol Cohn, Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights will be speaking at "Realizing Rights for Women and Girls: Creating a Healthier World," a conference conceived by physicians and educators to spotlight the complex interactions between health and human rights for women and girls.  Topics ranging from gender-based violence, trafficking, and human rights violations in the context of war and asylum, to women’s access to education, legal systems and economic participation will be explored.
A diverse and accomplished array of speakers and participants will provide an environment of exploration and innovative thought, with the aim of inspiring meaningful and positive change in our local and global communities
Speakers will include:
  • Joanne Ahola, Psychiatric Director, Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights
  • Semhar Araia, Executive Director, Diaspora African Women's Network
  • Holly Atkinson, Director, Human Rights Program, Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai
  • Juan Battle, Professor of Sociology, Public Health and Urban Education, City University of New York
  • Luisa Cabal, Vice President of Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Carol Cohn, Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, UMASS Boston
  • Gail Dines, Author, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
  • Mallika Dutt, Founder, Breakthrough
  • William Easterly, Professor of Economics, NYU
  • Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender and Public Policy Specialization, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Jessica Greer Morris, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Girl Be Heard
  • Yasmin Green, Principal, Google Ideas
  • Jin In, Founder, 4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL)
  • Allen Keller, Director, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
  • Daniel Lugassy, Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council
  • Rohini Pande, Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
  • Ken Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Ryan Schlief, Co-Director, International Accountability Project
Sponsored by The Arnhold Global Health Institute and Graduate Program in Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
with Weill Cornell Medical College and the Associated Medical Schools of New York.


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