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Madeleine Rees Visits Edinburgh

Distinguished international lawyer and human rights advocate Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF, will deliver the next Chrystal Macmillan Lecture. 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.

Chrystal Macmillan Lecture

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

Venue: Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square | 26 November, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Speaker: Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF
Booking: Tickets available via Eventbrite

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.


Panel and Roundtable on Human Rights, Women, Peace and Security

Venue: 6th Floor Staff Room CMB | 26th Nov, 2.00pm - 3.15pm & 3.30 - 4.45pm

Booking: Tickets available via Eventbrite

Addressing the themes of women, peace and security. The first panel will showcase research ongoing at the University of Edinburgh, whilst the second will bridge academic and activist divides and focus on the main challenges to achieving gender-equitable peace and security in the contemporary context. 

Session 1: Panel: Women, Peace & Security – Research Agendas

Including Toby Kelly (Anthropology), Gerhard Anders (International Development), Christine Bell (Law) and Zoe Marks (Centre for African Studies).

Session 2: Roundtable: Women, Peace & Security – Contemporary Challenges

Including Madeleine Rees (WILPF), Megan Bastick (DCAF), Janet Fenton (WILPF Scotland), Claire Duncanson (UoE), Beti Scott (P&P and SJP) and Nina Murray (Scottish Refugee Council).


During the week beginning 23 November, we welcome a joint exhibition by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Wool Against Weapons.

Wool Against Weapons

Venue: Displaying all week in ground@CMB | 23 - 27th Nov

Booking: Unticketed

100 Years of WILPF

Venue: Displaying all week in ground@CMB | 23 - 27th Nov

Booking: Unticketed


These Dangerous Women

Venue: 6th Floor Staff Room, CMB  | 23rd Nov, 6.00pm

Booking: Unticketed

Hosted by Dr Rachel Howell and Claire Robertson (MSc student). 

An inspiring documentary starring WILPF UK members, about the women who tried to stop World War 1. It depicts the story of 1300 women from warring and neutral nations who came together in the Hague in 1915 to find a way towards peace. They became the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. 

The Whistleblower

Venue: Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square  | 25th Nov, 6.00pm

Booking: Unticketed

A screening of The Whistleblower, in which Madeleine Rees is played by Vanessa Redgrave, will take place on 25th November. Leshu Torchin, St Andrews University, will host a Q&A with Madeleine after the screening. Leshu’s research interests include Film and Human Rights Advocacy, and she has written on issues around trafficking and human rights activism.

Sit & Knit

Charity knitting event, making blankets for refugee camps

Venue: ground@CMB | 24th Nov, 2.00 - 5.00pm

Booking: Unticketed

In connection with our knitting exhibition, we invite you to join us to 'sit and knit' for charity. Come along to knit, crochet and meet other crafters. All contributions will go to refugee camps in Calais.

Madeleine Rees