Inclusive Peace: Women, Peace and Security post 2015

Conference Programme 

14–15 April 2016
Lecture Hall, National Museum of Iceland


The conference will explore three key themes. First, it examines the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, gender awareness in conflict prevention and early warning systems. Second, it focuses on the participation of women in peace processes, paying special attention to mechanisms designed to increase the number of women at all levels of decision-making institutions and  to strengthen partnerships with local women’s organisations with the aim of promoting women’s leadership through UNSCR 1325 national action plans (NAPs). Finally, it addresses women’s roles and participation in conflict transformation as setting the stage for a just and gender-sensitive foundation for peace, particularly in the realms of transitional justice and all areas of post-conflict reconstruction.


Thursday 14 April




Welcome by Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director of UNU-GEST and EDDA – Research Center, University of Iceland


Address by Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs


Opening panel: Inclusive Peace for Sustained Security: Participation of Women in Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Chair: Davíð Logi Sigurðsson, Advisor, Icelandic Crisis Response Unit (ICRU), Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland
  • Marriët Schuurman, Ambassador and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security: The Uncomfortable Truth: Women as Agents
  • Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor, Clark University: How Has Patriarchy Become "Sustainable?"
  • Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Women and inclusive peace processes
  • Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, Ambassador for Human Rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland: Meaningful Participation of Women


Reception at the National Museum of Iceland.                


Friday 15 April 2016


Session 1: Gender Awareness in Violence and Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction 

Chair: Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of History, University of Iceland
  • Georgina Holmes, University of Reading: Gender Mainstreaming in the Rwanda Defence Force
  • Laura Khoury, Birzeit University: Alienating the Discourse on Violence against Indigenous Women in UNSCR 1325
  • Katharine A. M. Wright, Research Fellow, University of Surrey: A European Approach to Women, Peace and Security? The Case of the EU


Coffee break


Session 1 cont.

  • Dr. Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • Dr. Henri Myrttinen, Head of Gender Affairs, International Alert: Applying a Comprehensive Gender Lens to Violent Conflict and Peace




Session 2:  Women's Leadership and Participation: National Contexts and the Global Discourse

Chair: Guðbjörg Lilja Hjartardóttir, Political Scientist, Reykjavik Academy
  • Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor, Clark University: Lessons from Bogota and Sarajevo
  • Marilou McPhedran, Director, Institute for International Women's Rights, University of Winnipeg: Why Localization Strategies are Crucial for Implementing the 1325 WPS Agenda
  • Ortrun Merkle, PhD Candidate, UNU-MERIT: Political Participation of Women – the Nexus of Patriarchy and Corruption
  • Fatima Hossaini, Independent Researcher and GEST alumni (2010): Women’s Struggle for Peace Negotiation in Afghanistan


Coffee break


Session 3:  Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Setting the Stage for a Gender-Sensitive Foundation for Peace

Chair: Guðrún Sif Friðriksdóttir, PhD candidate, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Iceland
  • Marriët Schuurman, Ambassador and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security: Back to Basics: Why Gender Equality is not Optional but Fundamental for the Alliance
  • Marsha Henry, Deputy Director, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security: The Problem(s) of Peacekeeping for Women, Peace and Security
  • Rebekka Friedman, Lecturer of International Peace and Security, Department of War Studies, King's College London: Stigma, Invisibility and Agency: Gendered Dimensions of Transitional Justice and Peace-building in Northern Sri Lanka
  • Jessica Bombasaro-Brady, Independent researcher on gender and security: Policing at Peace? Police Reform, Sexual Violence, and Restoring Civic Trust in Bosnia-Herzegovina


Close of Conference