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, the Women Peacemakers Program, WO=MEN, Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Across the globe, violent conflicts are becoming increasingly intra-state,
with civilian populations suffering the greatest consequences. Violent
conflicts bring structural injustices that affect women and girls, men and boys
differently. Addressing these injustices is a fundamental condition for
building sustainable peace.
In 2000, the UN Security
Council adopted Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), an initiative strongly supported
by the global women’s movement, which built on the earlier Beijing Declaration
and Platform of Action in 1995. UNSCR 1325 is the first in a series of six
resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). With this package of resolutions the UN Security Council recognises the crucial
importance of women’s active participation and inclusive peace processes to
sustainable peace and security, and reminds member states of their
responsibility to respect and implement women’s and human rights according to
international treaties. In 2013, the Convention for the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee adopted General Recommendation No.30
Women in Conflict Prevention,
Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations, aimed at grounding the WPS agenda in
existing human rights treaties.
Despite advances made at a
global policy level, there is still no simple answer on how to implement
measures targeting Women, Peace and Security
. Experience has shown that the
challenges to implementing these resolutions as transformative political tools
to advance inclusive peace remain significant. As part of a comprehensive
approach to Women, Peace and Security, a great deal remains to be done in the
areas of gender justice, reflecting on masculinities, peace-building, conflict
transformation and the promotion of human rights.
This training is targeted at
women and men who would like to improve their skills and knowledge on the topic
of Women, Peace and Security, and who want to contribute to the peaceful,
transformative and inclusive management of conflicts. The training will provide
a forum for learning and exchange and will offer insights into different areas of
work under the WPS umbrella, as well as presenting a unique opportunity to
network with other activists and professionals working on this topic across
different regions, countries and contexts.
The training will include:
in concepts about conflict, conflict transformation and gender and conflict.
Introduction to the relevant UNSC Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the international
Human Rights framework and mechanisms.
Training on tools
and skills for communication, negotiation and advocacy.
Enhancement of practical knowledge on implementing the WPS Resolutions. Participants will
learn how to include gender in the different aspects of peace building
An analysis of the
gendered nature of conflict and discussion about the
perspective in peacebuilding, including active nonviolence
as analternative way to build peace.
1. Setting the scene (8 and 9 June)
2. International Law & Gender Justice (10-12 June)
4. WPS in practice (15, 16, 17 June)
5. Skills, tools and exchange (18 - 19 June)
Experts from the academic world as well as experienced staff members from the organizing partners will give the lectures and workshops.
The speakers for the upcoming sessions will be posted on this page soon. 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
* Welcome dinner
* Visit to the International Criminal Court
* Communication and Negotiation training
* Case-studies and expert panels
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:
€ 1250 for professionals
€ 1050 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.
Please visit the website of the Leiden University Housing Office to learn more about short stay housing in Leiden and The Hague.