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The 2016 Report sets out the achievements of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security in its first full year in operation. LSE WPS has established contacts and reputation with key stakeholders, initiated new projects, and created an infrastructure to support and develop its programmes of activity.  
Angelina Jolie Pitt

On the occassion of Visiting Professor in Practice, Angelina Jolie leading the postgraduate women, peace and security course, Professor Christine Chinkin, said, “Global action to enhance women’s human rights, and the economic, social and political participation of women takes place at all levels – through local activism, international institutions, and cross-border initiatives. Critical and constructive engagement with this work is at the core of the education programme of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. I am delighted that LSE postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie, UN Special Envoy and Visiting Professor in Practice, brought to the class.”
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The current UK National Action Plan on women, peace and security ends this year, and work has begun on the creation of the post-2017 NAP. We are seeking the views of academic colleagues to contribute to a submission containing recommendations for the new UK NAP. What should be in the NAP? How should it be structured? Read the consultation announcement.

Event Report: Sexual Violence in Conflict and the UK's Women, Peace
and Security Agenda
In October 2016, in partnership with the UK network for Gender Action on Peace and Security (GAPS) and Women for Women International UK we hosted a meeting of policy, practice and academic experts to review progress in the UK since the UN High Level Review, consider conclusions from the parliamentary inquiry and develop recommendations for the next UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security Read the report
We are delighted to announce scholarships for the MSc in Women, Peace and Security. The scholarships will cover tuition fees and provide a monthly stipend, ensuring that the best students, regardless of personal financial circumstance, will have the opportunity to undertake this critical new programme of study. We particularly welcome applications from students who come directly from conflict-affected areas, or who have been displaced due to conflict. More about the MSc in Women, Peace and Security 
Laura J Shepherd

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles, position papers and policy briefs. In The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security, lead editors Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd (pictured) introduce the context and aims of the series.

Christine Chinkin
Professor Christine Chinkin has been awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for distinguished service to the United Nations by a UK citizen. The award, from UNA-UK, was given “as a mark of our admiration for her work – as an academic and as a practitioner – in the fields of human rights; women, peace and security; and international law, justice and accountability"
Dubravka Šimonovic

We're delighted to announce a new partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic. Centre staff, Visiting Fellows and postgraduate students will support Dr Šimonovic in research for her mandate, as well as its dissemination and public engagement.

Our website, Tackling Violence Against Women brings together the regional and international human rights mechanisms and systems which can tackle gender-based violence. It highlights opportunities for advocacy, and provides information on the most progressive and gender-inclusive standards emerging around the world.
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Christine Chinkin

Why Hasn’t the British Government Taken This Vital Step Against Gender Violence? It has been four years since the UK government signed the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, but without ratifying, it is not legally bound to implement the measures it says it supports. Christine Chinkin sets out the case for urgent ratification.


On 12 April the House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict published Sexual Violence in Conflict: A war crime. 
Professor Christine Chinkin, specialist advisor to the Committee said: “This report makes a series of significant recommendations to the UK Government for sustained and co-ordinated action and resources to tackle sexual violence in conflict.” The report calls on the Government to set out ambitious policy goals for reducing conflict-related sexual violence to ensure the international momentum created by the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative is not lost. Read the report (PDF)

Dubravka Šimonovic

Combatting and Preventing Violence against Women: from CEDAW to Istanbul and beyond

Dr Dubravka Šimonović, Visiting Professor in Practice and UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences discuss her remit, current challenges and priorities.

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Working on Gender Equality in Fragile Contexts

This panel, convened for the launch of Gender and Development  journal’s new issue, is dedicated to the challenges of working on gender in fragile contexts. 6 December 2016. 

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Women's Human Rights and Access to Justice for Gender-Based Violence: A view from legal practice in the UK

Discussion on the current challenges in securing women's and girls' access to justice for gender-based violence, in the context of the UK's existing human rights obligations and the approaching Private Members Bill supporting the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. 10 November 2016

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Punam Yadav

Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A gender perspective 

Panel discussion on Punam Yadav's book, the first study to provide empirical evidence on the relationship between armed conflict and social transformation from a gender perspective. 8 November 2016

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Baroness Joyce Anelay

Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: An integrated approach

Panel event co-hosted with the UK Gender Action for Peace and Security Network and Women for Women International, featuring Baroness Anelay, the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. 

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Madeleine Rees

Myths and Realities in Women, Peace and Security 

Public lecture by Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Visiting Professor in Practice. 22 September 2016

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Michelle Jarvis

The Challenge of Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Crimes  Michelle Jarvis.

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Keynote delivered during the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt?  conference on 16 June 2016 

Patricia Sellers

Challenges in Investigating and Prosecuting at the International Level  Patricia Sellers and Maxine Marcus;  Chair: Christine Chinkin.

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This panel discussion took place during the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt?  conference on 16 June 2016 

Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Anything Can Happen: Mapping challenges and opportunities in the oost-2015 women, peace and security agenda  Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, introduced by Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd.

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Keynote delivered during the Women, Peace and Security Post 2015: concepts, criticisms, challenges workshop on 9 March 2016

Pauk Kirby

On International Women's Day, Visiting Fellows Dr Paul Kirby  and Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd took part in Reintroducing Women, Peace and Security, the launch of a special issue of International Affairs. Also speaking: Dr Soumita Basu and Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. 

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Video: Professor Christine Chinkin  was interviewed on London Live about her life, motivations and achievements, and the origins and ambitions for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security Watch the interview
Hilary Charlesworth

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin re-examine the boundaries of international law Professors Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin discuss their ground-breaking feminist analysis of international law. Hosted by Lucy Reed at Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer, and chaired by Dr Gina Heathcote.

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Louise Chappell

The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and legitimacy Does the International Criminal Court's poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes threaten its ongoing legitimacy? Professor Louise Chappell discusses her new book and the challenges and opportunities confronting the ICC.

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Margot Wallström

Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy

Activist, social entrepreneur and media commentator Zainab Salbi, in discussion with Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström.

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Cynthia Enloe

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring issues old and new with Professor Cynthia Enloe. Deputy Director Dr Marsha Henry in conversation with Professor Cynthia Enloe on the Centre's agenda; the gendered effects of militarisation; the question of gender relations as causal in the militarisation and war; and much more.

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Lilian Hofmeister

CEDAW Today: Evolution and challenges in a conflict-affected world

Jane Connors, former chief of the Women's Rights Division in the UN, and Dr Lilian Hofmeister, current member of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. presented and take questions on the role and development of CEDAW.

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Christine Chinkin

Women, Peace and Security: tackling the cycle of violence 

Professor Christine Chinkin explored UNSCR 1325, PSVI, and the international legal framework for addressing violence against women and promoting human rights for women, themes central to the context and ambition for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

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Female Genital Mutilation should be recognised as a form of torture
FGM inflicts immediate and long-term pain and suffering on those who undergo it and is internationally recognised as a human rights violation. Antonia Mulvey argues that FGM could constitute a form of torture under international law. This is the first of a two-part series looking at how FGM is framed in the international legal context. At least 200 million girls […]

By decriminalising domestic violence Russia takes a step backwards
Last month Russia moved to decriminalise domestic violence.  Jessica Gavron discusses the impact of this shift in Russia’s criminal code and explains why domestic violence should be treated differently from stranger violence.  At a time when the World Health Organization describes violence against women as “a global health problem of epidemic proportions”, and it is recognised to be a major […]

International Women’s Day 2017: Moving forward in a time of uncertainty and upheaval
Since the first celebration of International Women’s Day, the fight for women’s rights has seen many milestones – the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, an international commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030. However, recent setbacks in the United States and United […]

Reviving the global gag rule is a ‘Women, Peace and Security’ issue
In 1984 the Mexico City Policy, or ‘global gag rule’, was enacted by the United States, restricting federal funds to international family planning institutions that provide advice and counselling on abortion. Since then, this policy has been repealed and reinstated several times – most recently being reinstated by President Donald Trump.  Dr Laura J Shepherd discusses the global impact of the Mexico […]

1000+ days of #BringBackOurGirls – reflections on the possibilities of social media and girls’ human rights
On 14 April 2014, 276 girls were abducted in Chibok, Nigeria. As news of the abduction spread, people around the world took to social media to demand action to ensure the girls would be brought back safe. Lisa Gormley discusses the importance of transforming activism on social media into concrete action. By Ivory (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons 8 […]

Outperforming Baghdad? Explaining women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
The Kurdistan Regional Government has taken action to change discriminatory laws and policies against women – surpassing other parts of Iraq in this area. Dr Zeynep Kaya discusses her research on the driving forces behind progress made toward achieving gender equality in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, while critically drawing attention to the ongoing challenges that prevent its full realisation. […]

Did sexual orientation and gender identity play a role in the rejection of the Colombian peace deal?
Jamie J. Hagen, author of our second Women, Peace and Security working paper discusses the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) groups in the Colombian peace process. Was the rejection of the deal by an initial referendum influenced by traditional gender politics to a greater degree than has been thus far acknowledged? And what lessons can be learnt for the Women, Peace […]

From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations
Ban Ki-Moon’s apology for the role of the UN in the cholera outbreak in Haiti, reignited the debate on the need for the UN to recognise its legal responsibility for human rights violations.  Louise Arimatsu and Christine Chinkin suggest that the UN’s failure to accept legal responsibility for the human rights violations of its mission in Kosovo threatens the credibility […]

The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World
The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II introduced many to the existence of conflict-related sexual violence. Christine Chinkin, whose work in the field began with the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal in Tokyo, argues that  the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ provides an essential opportunity to preserve the women’s testimony and acknowledge the crimes committed. Thanks to the work of Japanese […]

The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security
The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles, position papers and policy briefs. It showcases work in progress by academics and researchers from any discipline and sector in the field of women, peace and security research and practice. On publication of the first two papers, lead editors Paul Kirby and Laura J. […]