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Workshop 'Localising the Women Peace & Security Agenda Across Multiple Governance Challenges'

Thursday 26 January 2023 - Friday 27 January 2023
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

On 26 and 27 January, the first workshop of the 'Localizing the Women Peace & Security Agenda Across Multiple Governance Challenges' project, which is part of the Global Transformations and Governance Challenges (GTGC) programme at Leiden University, will be held in Leiden University  - Campus The Hague, location Wijnhaven.

This workshop will be attended by international relations scholars from Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia to present on and discuss the following interrelated questions:

  • What do WPS implementation processes look like at the local level?
  • What ideas and assumptions on the one hand, and resource constraints on the other drive WPS implementation processes?
  • How are new norms and institutions created by this process?
  • What conditions challenge WPS implementation? 

The workshop will include two days of presentations and debates, preceded by a round table with a keynote speech by Professor Bina D’Costa in collaboration with the British Embassy and Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS-NL) on 25 January, 17:00 - 19:45 hrs.


You find the programme of the workshop via this link.

Women, Peace and Security agenda

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda arising from United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 has reached a critical juncture in its short 20-year history. Despite comprising ten resolutions designed to bolster the agenda and expand its scope and normative power, serious challenges to the implementation of WPS remain. Competing visions of what the WPS agenda is and should be make it a contested concept within states.

The governance challenge that emerges is how this increase in global conventions on the status of women is institutionalized and implemented in different ways at local levels. While there are an increasing number of case studies related to the implementation of the WPS agenda at local levels, there remains little cross-fertilization and knowledge accumulation in this field. This project seeks to address this challenge by bringing together scholars working in this field from different perspectives and regions.

Questions and registration

If you would like to attend the seminars for this workshop or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vanessa Newby via v.f.newby@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

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