Summer School on Women, Peace and Security

Challenges and Achievements

9-20 June 2014, 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. Orientation (9 June)
2. Introduction to the theme (10 June)
3. International Law & Gender Justice (11-13 June)

Week 2
4. WPS in practice (16, 17, 18 June)
5. Skills, tools and exchange (19 - 20 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.

Confirmed speakers for the 2014 session: 
  • 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 a digital learning environment. The participants will also receive a welcome pack upon arrival, which includes a Leiden University memory stick, brochures and a city map of The Hague.


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 2014 session:
€1200 for professionals
€1050 for students
€900 for Leiden University students

The fee includes excursions, a memory stick with course materials, lunches and refreshments on course days, a welcome dinner and a drinks reception. Accommodation is not included.

A limited number of scholarships is available. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please send us a separate request in  which you clearly indicate why it should be awarded to you. Please note that the deadline to apply for a scholarship has passed. 


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.
The deadline for application is 1 May 2014.


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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