Women, Peace and Security: Webinar 3

Presenter/s: The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Australia; ANU Gender Institute

Event type: Webinar

Event date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Event venue: Online event

*Note that time listed is in AEDT*

Redefining understandings of security and the WPS agenda: crises, climate and pandemics.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS), and the anticipated announcement of the Australian government’s 2nd National Action Plan (NAP) on WPS.

Over many years there has been growing discussion across the WPS space about “emerging issues” - mass displacement, climate change, pandemics, humanitarian crises and violent extremism - and their growing impact on peace and security globally, and in our region. These issues are no longer “emerging” and the unequal, gendered impacts are influencing the lives, livelihoods and security of women and girls everyday.

What needs to change to redefine our traditional understandings of security, to address these “emerged” issues, to respond to the gendered impacts and to provide practical and sustainable approaches to address them?

At the point of the 20th anniversary of UN SCR 1325, what needs to change and shift in our response to the WPS agenda; for civil society, especially for diverse women and girls, nation states and multilateral organisations. This webinar will focus on pandemics, climate change and humanitarian crises.


Beth Eggleston is passionate about approaching humanitarian action differently. After surviving the bureaucracy of large international NGOs and the United Nations, Beth co-founded Humanitarian Advisory Group in 2012, a social enterprise that aims to harness humanitarian passion with entrepreneurial energy and innovation. A 2019 Fulbright scholar, Beth was able to learn more about how militaries engage in disaster response operations at the United States Naval War College. Beth has a Masters of Development Studies and was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian government in 2011.

Dr Sara E. Davies is Professor of International Relations at Griffith University and an Adjunct Fellow at the Monash University Gender Peace and Security Centre. Her research focuses on Global Health Diplomacy, Human Security, and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. She is author of Containing Contagion: The Politics of Disease Surveillance in Southeast Asia (2019) and a research member of the Gender and Covid-19 research project (https://www.genderandcovid-19.org/)


Dr Ludmilla Kwitko has worked on women, peace and security and gender equality, international aid and development issues over the last 30 years, with donors, governments, multilateral organisations and civil society, as an adviser, practitioner, policy analyst and researcher. Ludmilla is currently Associate Professor (Honorary) at the Gender Institute, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She is also a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Australia (WILPF) Board member.

All webinars will be recorded. 
Proudly co-sponsored by the The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Australia and the ANU Gender Institute


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