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Myths and Realities: What is the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?

Myths and Realities: What is the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?
Speaker: Madeleine Rees # Secretary General of WILPF
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Date and Time
26th Nov 2015 18:00 – 26th Nov 2015 19:30
Lecture Theatre G.03 - 50 George Square
UoE Staff; UoE Students; Public

The distinguished international lawyer and human rights advocate Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, delivered our second Chrystal Macmillan Lecture of 2015:


In 2000 the Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 and somewhat slowly and painstakingly the Women Peace and Security Agenda, was born. What is it? Does it work? This lecture will seek explain not just what the so called agenda is and why it is so important, but will also address the major fault lines and why implementation has been so difficult.

It seeks to explain and deconstruct some of the terminology that has been implicated in the WPS, briefly looking at some of the concepts in the resolution: participation, protection and prevention, then some of the influential factors: “gender equality” , political economy, neo-liberalism, militarism and masculinities, and then see how they have played out in real life conflicts, from Syria to Ukraine and Bosnia.

The conclusion will then suggest possible ways in which the myth of transformation that was the promise of the resolutions, could be made into reality.


During her visit, Madeleine will receive an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh and SPS will host a series of events around the themes of her career: human rights, women, peace and security. See the full listing of events here.

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