Women and War Book Launch and Symposium

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 20:00 to Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
United States Institute of Peace

A decade ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), which calls for women's full participation in promoting peace and security and for greater efforts to protect women in war, particularly from sexual violence. However, today gender-based analysis of conflict often remains outside the mainstream of security dialogues.

The book, Women & War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century , underscores that much needs to be done to develop effective conflict prevention and management strategies that are inclusive of women and that give women a voice at the negotiating table. This edited volume is a trans-Atlantic collaborative effort to highlight innovative approaches toward ensuring greater participation of women at the negotiating table, and the ways in which women will make a difference in the security arena over the next decade.

Join us for the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Peace Research Institute-Oslo (PRIO) book launch and international symposium on the next decade of UNSCR 1325 on the afternoon of May 5th and all day on May 6th. The symposium will further examine the issues of women and war, power and protection in the 21st century, and explore the implementation of gender-sensitive policies in defense, diplomacy, development, and the role of documentary film, media and the arts in this endeavor.

Event details:

Thursday, May 5, 2011 Women & War Book Launch and Reception Hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Friday, May 6, 2011 Women & War Symposium
Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Venue: U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

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Confirmed speakers:

  1. Michele Flournoy,Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
    Keynote Address: “UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the U.S. National Action Plan: A Department of Defense Perspective”
  2. Ambassador Wegger Christian Strommen
    Ambassador of Norway to the United States
    Royal Norwegian Embassy
  3. Ambassador Donald Steinberg
    Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  4. Ambassador Melanne Verveer
    U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State
  5. Pat Mitchell
    President and CEO, The Paley Center
  6. Abigail Disney
    Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Film Producer of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” Founder of Fork Films
  7. Femke van Velzen
    Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Film Producer of “Weapon of War”, Co-Founder of IF Productions
  8. Agnes M. Fallah-Kamara Umunna
    Executive Director and Founder of Straight from the Heart Project, Journalist, and Radio Producer
  9. Morley
    Composer and Singer
  10. Sanam Anderlini
    Executive Director, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  11. Tilman Bruck
    Department Head and Professor, International Economics, German Institute for Economic Research
  12. Inger Skjelsbaek
    Senior Researcher, Deputy Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
  13. Sheldon Himelfarb
    Director, USIP Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
  14. Tara Sonenshine
    Executive Vice President, USIP
  15. Helga Hernes
    Senior Adviser, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
  16. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
    Director, USIP Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program
  17. Kathleen Kuehnast
    Director, USIP Gender and Peacebuilding Center

With Generous Support From:
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and The Royal Norwegian Embassy


For more information visit the Women & War Book Launch and Symposium event page!

Please contact Brooke Stedman at 202-429-3892 or gender@usip.org with any general questions about this event.