Summer School on Women, Peace and Security

Challenges and Achievements

8-19 June 2015, The Hague


            

Welcome


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.



Background


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 training will include: 
1. Introduction in concepts about conflict, conflict transformation and gender and conflict. 
2. Introduction to the relevant UNSC Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the international Human Rights framework and mechanisms. 
3. Training on tools and skills for communication, negotiation and advocacy.
4. Enhancement of practical knowledge on implementing the WPS Resolutions. Participants will learn how to include gender in the different aspects of peace building processes.   
5. An analysis of the gendered nature of conflict and discussion about the  masculinities perspective in peacebuilding, including active nonviolence as analternative way to build peace.
6. Debate  with external stakeholders  and networking

Programme

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)



Faculty



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


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.






Certificate


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.


Application


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.  


Accommodation

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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