Series to Focus on Implementation of the UN's Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Women in the Global Community program is hosting a series of panel discussions at the United Nations in New York and lectures at Princeton University through the 2012-2013 academic year on the implementation of the UN's Women, Peace, and Security agenda (WPS). The series will focus on WPS implementation as illustrated by case studies including the impact of militarization and armed conflict on women, the ICC and the fight against impunity for sexual and gender based violence, participation of women in peace processes in South Sudan, the role of WPS in preventing the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW), addressing the specific needs of women and girls during crisis and post-crisis settings, and prevention of sexual violence in the field.

This series is organized in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the UN and the PeaceWomen Project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

The Women, Peace, and Security agenda of the UN Security Council is considered one of the landmark achievements in the Security Council’s thematic work. In its resolution 1325 (2000), the Council addressed for the first time the impact of armed conflict on women and recognized the under-valued and under-utilized contributions women make to conflict prevention and peace processes. The thematic work initiated by resolution 1325 has been reinforced and expanded by follow-up resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), and 1960 (2010), which together form the Women, Peace and Security agenda of the Council. At the same time, integrating this agenda into the country-specific work of the Council has proven very challenging, despite the Security Council’s continued political recognition that gender considerations are central to lasting and sustainable peace and security. The implementation of the WPS agenda on the ground is thus lagging far behind the ambitious conceptual framework that the Council has created over the past decade.

The first event of the series, "The Role of Women’s Civil Society Organizations in Peace Building in Timor-Leste" will be held at UN headquarters in New York on Monday, October 29, 2012. The event will address the critical role that women’s organizations have played in consolidating peace and improving community security following the successful drawdown of the UN Mission in Timor-Leste. Panelists will include Idelta Maria Rodrigues, Secretary of State for the Promotion of Gender Equality, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Rita Reddy, Senior Gender Advisor, UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT); and Laura Abrantes, Peacebuilding Coordinator, Asia Pacific Support Collective Timor-Leste. Opening remarks will be presented by Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the UN, and closing remarks will be presented by Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.  

The first public lecture at Princeton University will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, featuring Cynthia Enloe, research professor at Clark University and author of numerous books on feminism and international relations, including Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics