Gendering, Peace and Security – African Perspectives on the 20th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325

Research Seminar / Public Symposium

Theme: Gendering, Peace and Security – African Perspectives on the 20th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325

Venue: TBC.

Time: 9-10 March 2020

A detailed programme will follow and be available at this webpage.


For more information please contact senior gender researcher Diana H. Madsen


In 2020, we are celebrating 20 years with the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on ‘Women, peace and security’.

The ‘women, peace and security’ agenda has strong roots on the African continent and a ‘women, peace and security’ architecture has been put in place with normative frameworks such as National Action Plans (NAPs). Furthermore, an African Union (AU) Special Envoy on ‘Women, peace and security’ has been appointed. However, the actual translation of the Resolution 1325 into practice leaves something to be desired. The research on Resolution 1325 seems to be pointing in different directions, as it is divided between respectively a pessimistic and optimist strand.

The seminar will include multiple perspectives and not a priori be placed in line with either of the two strands described above. It aims at establishing a dialogue between Nordic and African researchers providing nuances in a polarised debate and focus on newer directions for research and practice. However, with its focus on African perspectives it will give prominence to postcolonial and African feminist perspectives and African voices and case studies and debate how these perspectives can inform research on ‘women, peace and security’ and practical peacebuilding. And which role particularly African institutions like the African Union play in promoting the ‘women, peace and security’ agenda. Based on cases and insights from the African continent the effectiveness and relevance of the ‘women, peace and security’ agenda will be assessed.

The seminar brings together researchers and practitioners from African and Nordic contexts for critical engagement with Resolution 1325. The seminar will last two days and include theoretical as well as practical sessions with inputs from the Nordic as well as the African continent. The seminar will include a main part aimed at researchers as well as a public symposium aimed at practitioners.








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