Women, Peace and Security

Challenges and Achievements

The dates will be announced in September 2015.


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 on 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 faculty for the 2015 session were:
  • Prof. Cees Flinterman, Professor of Human Rights, Utrecht University
  • Prof. Dubravka Zarkov, Associate Professor in Gender, Conflict & Development, International Institute of Social Studies
  • Isabelle Geuskens, Executive Director at Women Peacemakers Program
  • Elisabeth van der Steenhoven, Director WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform
  • Laila Ait Baali, Political  Coordinator WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform
  • Liesbeth van der Hoogte, Conflict and Humanitarian Adviser, Oxfam Novib
  • Deborah Wright, Conflict Transformation Adviser, Oxfam Novib
  • Danya Chaikel, Legal Officer, Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice
  • Merle Gosewinkel, Senior Program Officer, Women Peacemakers Program
  • Dr. Sami Faltas, Senior Lecturer, University of Groningen
  • Prof. William Schabas, Professor of Human Rights and International Criminal Law, Leiden University
  • Marieke Wierda, Policy Advisor Rule of Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Christine Tremblay, PhD-candidate on Women and International Criminal Law, Leiden University
  • Dr. Marjolein van den Brink, Lecturer in Law, Utrecht University
  • Lovely Dhillon, Acting Senior Director, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice
  • Professor Dina Francesca Haynes , Professor of Law, New England Law Boston
  • Joke Florax, Project Manager Gender, Netherlands Police Agency
  • Björn De Heer, Chief J9 Civil Military Co-operation and Gender Advisor for Operations, Dutch Ministry of Defense
  • Joris Greeven, Coordinator Women, Peace and Security, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Masooma Yousufzai, Policy Officer Women, Peace and Security, Minstry of Foreign Affairs


Introduction to the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security
Liesbeth van der Hoogte

Conflict Theories and Related Concepts
Liesbeth van der Hoogte

Transformation in Practice
Deborah Wright

Gender and Conflict and Feminist Theories
Professor Dubravka Zarkov

Women and International Law
Christine Tremblay

Internationally Recognized Women’s Rights
Professor Cees Flinterman

CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law
Marjolein van den Brink

The International Criminal Court and Gender Crimes
Dr. Cynthia Chamberlain

The Work of Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice in Relation to the Development of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court
Legal Team Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

Working with grassroots advocates on Women, Peace and Security
Lovely Dhillon

Transitional Justice and Gender
Professor Dina Francesca Haynes

The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Efforts to address gender-based violence
Professor William Schabas

Deepen the Understanding of UNSCR 1325: What does the resolution mean in practice?
Merle Gosewinkel and Isabelle Geuskens

Including Women’s Rights and Gender in Peace Agreements
Merle Gosewinkel and Isabelle Geuskens

Active Nonviolence: Providing Alternative Ways of Building Peace 
Merle Gosewinkel and Isabelle Geuskens

Gender-Sensitive Active Nonviolence: How to Assure to Include a Gender Aspect on All Levels
Merle Gosewinkel and Isabelle Geuskens

Communication & Negotiation skills
Sami Faltas

Introduction to Women, Peace and Security in Dutch Foreign Policy & National Action Plan 1325
Joris Geeven

Women, Peace and Security in Missions: Perspectives of the Police and the Dutch Army
Joke Florax and Bj
örn De Heer

National and International Lobby for Women, Peace and Security
Political coordinator WO=MEN

Working on Women, Peace and Security – Civil Society Perspective Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned
Police Officer Gender, Peace & Security WO=MEN

Special Features

* Visit to the International Criminal Court

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

"The course contained a good mix of theoretical and more practical elements"

"It gave me a deeper understanding on 1325 and how to use it as a tool in programming"

"The two role plays were simply exciting and informative, really excellent"

"It taught me to analyse issues, take a stance, convince people, think critically, and have structured arguments and counter arguments"

Scholarships and fees

The fees for the 2016 session will be announced soon.

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 has been awarded and, unfortunately, we do not accept any more applications for a scholarship.

Tuition fees for the 2016 session will be announced soon.


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.




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