Summer School on Women, Peace and Security

Challenges and Achievements

8-19 June 2015, The Hague



Welcome to the Women Peace and Security Summer School page. This course is an initiative launched by Oxfam Novib in The Hague, in cooperation with Leiden University in The Hague, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The course focuses on the Women, Peace and Security agenda, which started with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, known as UNSCR 1325. With this resolution the Security Council recognized the imperative of women’s active participation and inclusive processes for sustainable peace and security and reminded member states of their responsibility to respect and implement women’s and human rights according to international treaties. Resolution 1325 was followed by many others. But in spite of some positive changes we face many challenges in the implementation of these resolutions. Obstacles for participation in peace processes still remain, and impunity for violence against women is still widespread. 

This summer school will not only look at the normative framework, but also addresses the challenges and achievements through a number of case-studies and panel discussions. The objective of the course is twofold: on the one hand participants can increase their theoretical knowledge and on the other hand they can share experiences and build networks, thus enhancing the women, peace and security agenda.



Week 1
1. Setting the scene (8 and 9 June)
2. International Law & Gender Justice (10-12 June)

Week 2
4. WPS in practice (15, 16, 17 June)
5. Skills, tools and exchange (18 - 19 June)


The summer school lectures and seminars are given by influential and well-known academics and professionals from Oxfam Novib, the Women Peacemakers Program, Women Initiatives for Gender Justice, WO=MEN and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speakers at the 2014 session included: 
  • Prof. Cees Flinterman, Honorary Professor of Human Rights, Utrecht University
  • Prof. Rikki Holtmaat, Leiden Law School
  • Marieke Wierda, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
  • Catherine Harwood, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
  • Roelof Haveman, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Sander Wirken, University of Amsterdam
  • Liesbeth van der Hoogte, Oxfam Novib
  • Sophie Kesselaar, WO=MEN
  • Merle Gosewinkel, Women Peacemakers Program
  • Kate Orlovsky, Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice
  • Sami Faltas, Lecturer International Politics, University of Groningen
  • Mirjam Krijnen, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Special Features

* Welcome dinner

* Visit to the International Criminal Court

* Film-screening 

* Communication and Negotiation training

* Case-studies and expert panels


Course Materials

Course materials will be posted on Blackboard (a digital learning environment). The participants will also receive a welcome pack upon arrival, including tourist information and writing materials.


The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme. Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits .

Voices of the summer school

"I felt that the group discussions were extremely interesting and useful"

"I found this course very interesting, as it provided a global overview of the peace and security situation and the challenges of women’s involvement "

Scholarships and fees

The fees for the 2015 session:
€ for professionals
€ for students

The fee includes excursions, access to Blackboard, lunches and refreshments on course days, a welcome dinner and a drinks reception. Accommodation is not included.


The summer school is mainly designed for professionals working at NGO’s in the field, international organizations and ministries, but advanced students with a clear interest in the theme are welcome to apply as well.

A limited number of scholarships is available. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please use the scholarship application form.  


Please note that accommodation is not included in the course fee. Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, but if you need any help we will be happy to assist. 

A list with accommodation options can be found here.




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