Beyond the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda
Oct
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Beyond the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

Tickets on sale 1 October. More event details here.

"Contemporary challenges to international peace and security look very different from those faced by the international community at the turn of the millennium. This implies that new issues and dilemmas must also be addressed and integrated into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda." -Torunn Tryggestad

The women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda, rooted in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), created a rhetorical and normative shift toward gender equality in international policy and has since become a cornerstone of the conflict prevention and post-conflict resolution processes. Though it is revolutionary in many ways, it remains limited in scope, and a focus on gender equality in international relations shouldn’t be bound solely by this approach.

Join us for a panel discussion exploring how we can piggyback off of and push beyond women, peace, and security. We'll explore the following questions:

-What is on the WPS agenda, and how is it limited in its framework?
-Does the inclusion of women in peace processes grant any power to transform and engage unequal structures or does it only legitimize them?
-Who are the women representing other women in such processes, and how can that be problematic?
-How do we transform peace processes as they are with gendered dynamics in mind?
-What lies beyond the WPS agenda?

Panelists to be announced soon.

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For those new to the WPS agenda, we recommend the following reads:

1. United Nations Peacekeeping - Women, peace, and security
2. Cohn, Kinsella, Gibbings - Women, Peace, and Security Resolution 1325
3. UN Women - Women at the forefront of peacebuilding

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Gender and Migration
Nov
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Gender and Migration

Tickets will be available on 20 October. More event details here.

“Gender affects reasons for migrating, who will migrate, the social networks migrants use to move, integration experiences and labour opportunities at destination, and relations with the country of origin.” - International Organization for Migration

An understanding of gender dynamics is critical to an understanding of migration. Power dynamics based off of sex, gender, and sexual identity shape and drive its process and influence decisions and choices made prior, during, and after migration. It is also important to note that the choice to leave is not to be equated with being allowed to exit or enter a country. Immigration policy marks states as a force to be reckoned with in the migration process.

Join us for a panel discussion where we will be delving into the following questions:

-How we better understand gender in the context of migration?
-How can policy-makers and practitioners promote an understanding of gendered dynamics in their work on migration?
-How do patriarchal structures affect women's ability to migrate, the timing of their migration, and their final destination?
-How are patriarchal structures altered, reconstituted, or reinforced through the process of migration?
-How can we challenge anti-immigration policy in the UK?

Panelists to be announced shortly.

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For those new to the topic of gender and migration, we recommend the following reads:

1. Hondagneu-Sotelo - Gender and Immigration: A Retrospective and Introduction
2. Ahmed - Home and Away: Narratives of Migration and Estrangement
3. Check out this syllabus from SOAS, University of London, with a fantastic selection of suggested reading.

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Intersectionality in UK Politics
Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Intersectionality in UK Politics

Tickets will go on sale 1 September. Event details here.

"There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." - Audre Lorde

Kimberlé Crenshaw put a name to a movement when she first coined the term intersectionality. This idea helps to shed light on the overlap between various forms of oppression, which do not operate in isolation, but rather work to enforce one another. 

Political systems are built to maintain hierarchies and reinforce specific power dynamics which inevitably create and maintain institutional violence. So how can intersectionality help to dismantle the UK's politics-as-usual - a politics which prioritizes the voices of an elite few? How can policy be crafted in such a way that seeks to address systemic biases? What light can intersectionality shed on political power?

We are pulling together a fascinating group of speakers, both from academia and NGOs, who will speak to the questions above and share their insight as to how we can use intersectionality to disrupt politics-as-usual. Speakers to be announced shortly!

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For those new to the idea of intersectionality, we recommend the following reads:

1. Crenshaw - Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics

2. Crenshaw - Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color

3. Crenshaw - Why Intersectionality Can't Wait

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Summer Networking Dinner Series: Nicola Kelly
Aug
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Networking Dinner Series: Nicola Kelly

Women in Foreign Policy and Feminist Foreign Policy are hosting their fourth summer dinner with Nicola Kelly on 31 August at Cote Brasserie in Soho.

Nicola Kelly is a freelance foreign correspondent and communications specialist. You might have heard her reporting in Myanmar, Armenia and Egypt on the BBC. She previously worked for the Foreign Office. Nicola will join us for dinner from a reporting trip in Zanzibar. 

-- TICKET GO ON SALE 10 AUGUST -- The ticket price includes a starter and a main. In order to ensure an intimate evening, we are only offering seven tickets to this dinner, two of which are sold at concession prices. All tickets must be purchased ahead of the dinner. 

Learn more about Nicola's work here, and purchase tickets here.

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Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Networking Dinner Series: Monica Allen

Summer Networking Dinner Series Monica Allen Feminist Foreign Policy

Join us Wednesday 26 July with Monica Allen, Director of Strategy at Breakthrough Media and former Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on defense, foreign affairs, and international development. She will discuss her career on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the specifics of being a special adviser and the challenges of mapping out a career after working in government.

Event details here.

Learn more about Monica's work here | Monica on LinkedIn | Follow Monica on Twitter

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Jul
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Networking Dinner Series: Aisha Gani

Summer Networking Dinner Series Aisha Gani

Join us Thursday 20 July with Aisha Gani, Senior Reporter at BuzzFeed News, covering Muslim life in the UK. She also reports on human rights abuses, particularly in relation to British arms deals in the Gulf. Most recently, Aisha has produced several groundbreaking articles about the Grenfell Tower Community, the Finsbury Park attack, and the challenges faced by Asian Muslim women in UK politics. We encourage young journalists to come to dinner with Aisha and learn about her experience covering Muslim life in the UK.

Event details here.

Learn more about Aisha's work here |  Aisha's work at BuzzFeed | Follow Aisha on Twitter

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