Symposium this Thursday November 4th: GENDER AND SECURITY: THE IMPACT OF UN RESOLUTION 1325 ON PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

The symposium on gender and security and the impact of UN resolution 1325 will be held on Thursday, November 4th at The National Museum of Iceland. The symposium is hosted by EDDA – Center of Excellence, GET – The Gender Equality Training Programme and the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.

A decade ago the United Nations Security Council agreed on Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The resolution put women‘s involvement in peace processes firmly on the agenda and compelled the UN and all its member states to adopt a more gender-inclusive approach to conflict resolution and peace building. The Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF, www.dcaf.ch) is one of the world‘s leading  institutions in the areas of security sector reform and security sector governance. In this panel one of DCAF’s leading experts, Ms Anja Ebnöther, will discuss some of the challenges of taking up a more women-sensitive approach in security sector reform and how the security sector can be reformed so that it better ensures security and justice for both women and men.  Amongst the questions raised will be:  What challenges do security and justice providers encounter when trying to take into account the security needs of women and girls? How can women be included in decision-making at all levels in the security sector? The panel members will reflect on how these questions have been addressed in their own organisations or field of   speciality, and on the gender blind spots that still exist in SSR.

Panel members:

·       Anja Ebnöther, Assistant Director and Head of Special Programmes, DCAF
·       Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland
·       Birna Þórarinsdóttir, Political Scientist
·       Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Iceland

The symposium is held in Enlish and open to all.