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Women, Peace and Security Intensive - 21 & 22 September. We are delighted to announce the return of our two-day intensive course for professional participants. The course is designed for those already working in women, peace and security from any sector. We particularly welcome participants from military policy and operations, peace and security governance, post conflict reconstruction, WPS and PSVI development and implementation, gender mainstreaming, and advocacy and activism in women’s human rights. Registration opens 5 June
Monday 5 June 2017, 6.30pm-8pm  Women, Peace and Security in the Global Arena This event brings together leaders from academic units dedicated to women / gender, peace and security from Australia (Monash), Ghana (KAIPTC), Norway (PRIO), the UK (LSE) and USA (Georgetown) to discuss how scholars and researchers worldwide holding governments to account for their local and international women, peace and security commitments.
Tuesday 6 June 2017, 6.30pm-8pm Film screening: Under the Shadow This documentary tells the story of Masika Katsuva, who led Congo’s rape survivors to find healing, independence and justice through working together in the field.
Tuesday 20 June, 6.30pm-8pm  International Law and New Wars This event launches Christine Chinkin and Mary Kaldor's new book, which examines how international law fails to address the contemporary experience of what are known as 'new wars' - instances of armed conflict and violence in places such as Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Recommendations for the UK National Action Plan on women, peace and security. The current UK NAP ends this year, and with input from academic colleagues, LSE WPS has made a series of recommendations for the next iteration.

Punam Yadav
1325? Is that a taxi number? The development of Nepal’s National Action Plan (NAP) on women, peace and security has been viewed as exemplary by the international community, but there has been minimal impact on the ground. Dr Punam Yadav discusses some of the issues related to Nepal’s NAP in the latest in the WPS Working Paper Series

The 2016 Report of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security sets out our achievements in our first full year in operation. The Report was launched at an event on 14 March, together with a new collaborative project on Gender Violence Across War and Peace.


Angelina Jolie Pitt

On the occasion of Visiting Professor in Practice, Angelina Jolie leading the postgraduate women, peace and security course, Professor Christine Chinkin said, “Global action to enhance women’s human rights, and the economic, social and political participation of women takes place at all levels – through local activism, international institutions, and cross-border initiatives. Critical and constructive engagement with this work is at the core of the education programme of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. I am delighted that LSE postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie, UN Special Envoy and Visiting Professor in Practice, brought to the class.”
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Event Report: Sexual Violence in Conflict and the UK's Women, Peace
and Security Agenda
In October 2016, in partnership with the UK network for Gender Action on Peace and Security (GAPS) and Women for Women International UK we hosted a meeting of policy, practice and academic experts to review progress in the UK since the UN High Level Review, consider conclusions from the parliamentary inquiry and develop recommendations for the next UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security Read the report

Laura J Shepherd

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles, position papers and policy briefs. In The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security, lead editors Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd (pictured) introduce the context and aims of the series.


Christine Chinkin

Professor Christine Chinkin has been awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for distinguished service to the United Nations by a UK citizen. The award, from UNA-UK, was given “as a mark of our admiration for her work – as an academic and as a practitioner – in the fields of human rights; women, peace and security; and international law, justice and accountability"


Dubravka Šimonovic

We're delighted to announce a new partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic. Centre staff, Visiting Fellows and postgraduate students will support Dr Šimonovic in research for her mandate, as well as its dissemination and public engagement.



Our website, Tackling Violence Against Women brings together the regional and international human rights mechanisms and systems which can tackle gender-based violence. It highlights opportunities for advocacy, and provides information on the most progressive and gender-inclusive standards emerging around the world.

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On 12 April the House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict published Sexual Violence in Conflict: A war crime. 
Professor Christine Chinkin, specialist advisor to the Committee said: “This report makes a series of significant recommendations to the UK Government for sustained and co-ordinated action and resources to tackle sexual violence in conflict.” The report calls on the Government to set out ambitious policy goals for reducing conflict-related sexual violence to ensure the international momentum created by the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative is not lost. Read the report (PDF) 


Butterfly Politics

Catharine A. MacKinnon discussing her new book, in which she argues that the right seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can have a butterfly effect that generates major social and cultural transformations.

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Tightening the Purse Strings: What countering terrorism financing costs gender equality and security

Isabelle Geuskens, Jayne Huckerby, Zarina Khan and Zeynep Kaya in a discussion on the new research carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University and the Women Peacemakers Program, examining how countering terrorism financing rules impact women’s rights organising, women’s rights organisations, and gender equality. 

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Dubravka Šimonovic

Combatting and Preventing Violence against Women: from CEDAW to Istanbul and beyond

Dr Dubravka Šimonović, Visiting Professor in Practice and UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences discuss her remit, current challenges and priorities.

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Working on Gender Equality in Fragile Contexts

This panel, convened for the launch of Gender and Development  journal’s new issue, is dedicated to the challenges of working on gender in fragile contexts. 6 December 2016. 

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Women's Human Rights and Access to Justice for Gender-Based Violence: A view from legal practice in the UK

Discussion on the current challenges in securing women's and girls' access to justice for gender-based violence, in the context of the UK's existing human rights obligations and the approaching Private Members Bill supporting the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. 10 November 2016

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Punam Yadav

Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A gender perspective 

Panel discussion on Punam Yadav's book, the first study to provide empirical evidence on the relationship between armed conflict and social transformation from a gender perspective. 8 November 2016

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Baroness Joyce Anelay

Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: An integrated approach

Panel event co-hosted with the UK Gender Action for Peace and Security Network and Women for Women International, featuring Baroness Anelay, the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. 

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Madeleine Rees

Myths and Realities in Women, Peace and Security 

Public lecture by Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Visiting Professor in Practice. 22 September 2016

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Michelle Jarvis

The Challenge of Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Crimes  Michelle Jarvis.

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Keynote delivered during the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt?  conference on 16 June 2016 


Patricia Sellers

Challenges in Investigating and Prosecuting at the International Level  Patricia Sellers and Maxine Marcus;  Chair: Christine Chinkin.

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This panel discussion took place during the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: What have we learnt?  conference on 16 June 2016 


Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Anything Can Happen: Mapping challenges and opportunities in the oost-2015 women, peace and security agenda  Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, introduced by Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd.

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Keynote delivered during the Women, Peace and Security Post 2015: concepts, criticisms, challenges workshop on 9 March 2016


Pauk Kirby

On International Women's Day, Visiting Fellows Dr Paul Kirby  and Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd took part in Reintroducing Women, Peace and Security, the launch of a special issue of International Affairs. Also speaking: Dr Soumita Basu and Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. 

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Video: Professor Christine Chinkin  was interviewed on London Live about her life, motivations and achievements, and the origins and ambitions for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security Watch the interview

Hilary Charlesworth

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin re-examine the boundaries of international law Professors Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin discuss their ground-breaking feminist analysis of international law. Hosted by Lucy Reed at Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer, and chaired by Dr Gina Heathcote.

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Louise Chappell

The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and legitimacy Does the International Criminal Court's poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes threaten its ongoing legitimacy? Professor Louise Chappell discusses her new book and the challenges and opportunities confronting the ICC.

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Margot Wallström

Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy

Activist, social entrepreneur and media commentator Zainab Salbi, in discussion with Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström.

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Cynthia Enloe

Women, Peace and Security Conversations: Exploring issues old and new with Professor Cynthia Enloe. Deputy Director Dr Marsha Henry in conversation with Professor Cynthia Enloe on the Centre's agenda; the gendered effects of militarisation; the question of gender relations as causal in the militarisation and war; and much more.

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Lilian Hofmeister

CEDAW Today: Evolution and challenges in a conflict-affected world

Jane Connors, former chief of the Women's Rights Division in the UN, and Dr Lilian Hofmeister, current member of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. presented and take questions on the role and development of CEDAW.

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Christine Chinkin

Women, Peace and Security: tackling the cycle of violence 

Professor Christine Chinkin explored UNSCR 1325, PSVI, and the international legal framework for addressing violence against women and promoting human rights for women, themes central to the context and ambition for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

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The fallacy of gender-neutral legal procedure is limiting women’s access to justice
Visiting Fellow and women’s human rights lawyer Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana makes the case for a gender perspective to be applied to legal procedural rules. This piece reflects on how laws regulating procedural issues, such as admissibility can hamper women’s access to justice. It will be followed by further posts, which focus on the Committee on the Elimination of […]

The absence of Women, Peace and Security from the NATO Brussels Summit 2017 is a welcome omission
As the Heads of State and Government from 28 countries prepare to meet for the 2017 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, Katharine A M Wright analyses NATO’s engagement with Women, Peace and Security and discusses the future of the ‘gender agenda’ within the alliance. The first NATO Summit under a Trump Presidency will be held this week in Brussels […]

Airstrikes in Yemen leave civilian population at risk of lasting psychological harm
Psychologist Dr Kawkab Alwadeai shares the stories of people she has supported, and of her concerns about Yemen’s capacity to deal with the psychological damage caused to the population living under airstrikes. This post contains descriptions of injury and trauma that may be distressing.  26 March 2015 is an unforgettable night. It was 2:30am and I woke to the sound […]

“They think when they’re raped their lives are shattered. But we’d like them to know that it’s not the end of the world.” – Masika Katsuva
Award winning filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies introduces ‘Under the Shadow’, which tells the extraordinary story of Masika Katsuva, who, with just a small patch of land, commitment and passion, helped thousands of survivors of rape. Screening and Q&A with Fiona and guests on Tuesday, 6 June.   Laughter, vibrancy, vitality, energy. These words are rarely used when describing the story of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic […]

Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence has the potential to drive cultural change in Colombia
Professor Christine Chinkin reflects on the power of grassroots initiatives and the potential for PSVI to contribute to transformative justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence against women. ‘The magnitude of conflict-related sexual violence against women in Colombia is yet to be fully understood. It is a crime that is massively underreported’ (AB Colombia, Colombia: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and […]

‘1325 – is that a taxi number?’ Implementation of the National Action Plan on 1325 and 1820 in Nepal
The development of Nepal’s National Action Plan (NAP) on women, peace and security has been viewed as exemplary by the international community, however there has been minimal impact on the ground.  Dr Punam Yadav discusses some of the issues related to Nepal’s NAP and introduces her new working paper ‘1325 – is that a taxi number?’ The Security Council adopted […]

International law and the continuum of gender-based violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) occurs throughout the world across times of war and peace, impacting women, LGBTQI people, children and men. Joanne Neenan and Professor Christine Chinkin discuss how the continuum of violence framework may influence International Law and the effect this can have on GBV interventions. Gender-based violence (GBV) seeps into homes, onto battlefields and follows displaced persons fleeing persecution […]

Female Genital Mutilation should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity
200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In her second post considering FGM and international law, Antonia Mulvey uses five criteria to explore whether FGM can constitute a crime against humanity. By UNICEF / Olivier Asselin [CC BY-SA 2.0] In my last post, I argued that all forms of FGM can constitute torture under […]

Female Genital Mutilation should be recognised as a form of torture
FGM inflicts immediate and long-term pain and suffering on those who undergo it and is internationally recognised as a human rights violation. Antonia Mulvey argues that FGM could constitute a form of torture under international law. This is the first of a two-part series looking at how FGM is framed in the international legal context. At least 200 million girls […]

By decriminalising domestic violence Russia takes a step backwards
Last month Russia moved to decriminalise domestic violence.  Jessica Gavron discusses the impact of this shift in Russia’s criminal code and explains why domestic violence should be treated differently from stranger violence.  At a time when the World Health Organization describes violence against women as “a global health problem of epidemic proportions”, and it is recognised to be a major […]