The Nordic Africa Institute

Seminar

African Perspectives on the 20th Anniversary of UNSCR 325 - Gendering Peace and Security

Time • 9 Mar 2020 09:00 - 10 Mar 2020 18:00
Place • The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala and The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm

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.

This event is closed. For invited participants only.

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The seminar brings together researchers and practitioners from African and Nordic contexts for critical engagement with Resolution 1325. 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. 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 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 has multiple purposes and it offers for researchers and practitioners:

  • New knowledge on gender, peace and security from studies inspired by postcolonial and African feminist perspectives.
  • Presentations of case studies from the African continent of gendered perspectives on peace and security and an analysis of trends and challenges.
  • Sharing of lessons learnt on the translation of Resolution 1325 into practice and recommendations for work on Resolution 1325 post 2020.
  • Debate on the need for establishment of a new Nordic / African network on gender and conflict hosted by the Nordic Africa Institute and common activities potentially a book project.

The seminar will look into both the past, present and future of the ‘women, peace and security’ agenda and provide inspiration for new research questions and agendas. The seminar is inspired by decolonial approaches and aims to develop these approaches further in relation to the ‘women, peace and security’ agenda. The seminar will work both as a forum for sharing of experiences and knowledge and as a ‘working session’ for debating presentations and papers which potentially could be published in book as an outcome of the research seminar.

This event will be documented (photo, film, interviews).