Academic Year 2015-16
Uncomfortable Truths, Unconventional Wisdoms: Women's Perspectives on Violent Extremism and Security Interventions
The Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA) and the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies co-hosted a public talk by Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini and Sussan Tahmasebi, founders of the International Civil Society Action Network, on Monday 23 May 2016. The speakers discussed women’s perspectives on violent extremism and security interventions, with participation from grassroots peacebuilders from Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
The panel addressed the diverse approaches of local women-led organisations to (1) the closing of civil society space as challenge to prevention of extremism, (2) the problems and potential of police (3) the role of militias and militarisation, and (4) international interventions. The experience shared by participants illustrated the findings of Uncomfortable Truths, Unconventional Wisdoms: Women’s Perspectives on Violent Extremism and Security Interventions, the first brief issued by the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) based on consultations with over 70 women peace and rights practitioners in 15 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
The Centre for Gender Studies would like to thank all contributors to this fascinating and inspiring discussion.
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Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Network (ICAN) and spearheads the development and coordination of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and between 2005-14 she was a Research Associate and Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2000 she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and she became the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team in 2011. For nearly two decades she has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. She was the 2014 recipient of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Perdita Huston Award for human rights and the 2016 Greeley Peace Scholar at the University of Massachusetts.
Sussan Tahmasebi is an Iranian women’s rights activist and women human rights defender (WHRD). Currently she serves as the Director of the MENA/Asia region program at ICAN, which she co-founded in 2006. Prior to her work at ICAN, Ms Tahmasebi worked in Iran to promote women’s rights and strengthen civil society for over ten years. She is a founding member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, commonly referred to as the Campaign for Equality, a grassroots effort, which promoted broad awareness on women’s rights through collection of signatures of Iranians who support an end to gender-biased laws. In 2010 and 2011, she was honoured by Human Rights Watch with the Alison Des Forges Award for extraordinary activism, HRW’s highest honour, and was named by Newsweek as one of 150 women who “Shake the World” in 2011.
'Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis': Book Launch
The Centre for Gender Studies hosted a book launch for Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis on Tuesday 23 February 2016 at Jesus College, Upper Hall. Professor Juliet Mitchell, Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, was 'In Conversation' with the editors Dr Robbie Duschinsky, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge and Dr Susan Walker, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, Anglia Ruskin University. We would like to extend our thanks to all contributors for this very informative and interesting discussion.
Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis explores the implications of Professor Mitchell's ground-breaking theory regarding the effect of siblings on psychic development, politics and culture. Chapters by leading scholars address themes at the centre of public and academic discussion: equality, violence, collective movements, subjectivity, sexuality and power.
OUT IN OFFICE: LGBT Legislators and LGBT Rights Around the World
The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies hosted a public talk by Professor Andrew Reynolds, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on Friday 6 November 2015. Professor Reynolds is Director of the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Research Initiative, which focuses on the impact of out LGBTQ elected officials on political change. In 2012 he embarked on a multi-year research project to study the impact of LGBT national parliamentarians on public policy around the world. His forthcoming book is The Children of Harvey Milk (2016).
Professor Reynolds discussed his research findings, which establish a link between the presence of out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of parliament (MPs) around the world and the enactment of laws that ensure equity and protection for LGBT persons. We would like to thank Professor Reynolds for a highly informative presentation and interesting discussion.
Women, War and Peace: Reflections on 15 Years of UN Resolution 1325
The Centre for Gender Studies held a public event 'Women, War and Peace' on Thursday 29 October 2015.
The following speakers reflected on the creation of UN Resolution 1325, which aimed to address not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace:
Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College and former Chief Executive of Oxfam GB
Dr Gina Heathcote, SOAS School of Law and Centre for Gender Studies
Dr Devon Curtis, Department of Politics and International Studies
The speakers also reviewed the recent Report of the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on Women Peace and Security, S/2015/716. We would like to extend our thanks to all contributors for a very informative discussion.