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 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.


Confirmed faculty for the 2015 session includes:


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

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

The deadline to apply for the Summer School is 15 May 2015.


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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