Gender, Peace, and Security Coalition
The Gender, Peace and Security Coalition of the Graduate Institute is a student-run coalition committed to facilitating a space for discussion about the way in which gender is or should be conceptualized in the context of peace and security.
We as students of global affairs are cognizant of both the urgent need for more diverse representation in decision-making processes in the area of peace and security and the dangers that can lie in simple, one-dimensional solutions to complex problems. We aim to contribute to and generate open, reflective and inclusive discourses on gender in international peace and security and ways of generating policies and practices that are equipped to meet these complexities.
The Gender, Peace and Security Coalition aims to address these topics through the following activities:
Advocacy and Awareness Raising;
Organizing events and networking opportunities;
Advocating for increasing the number of courses offered on related subjects;
Encouraging more student-led research informed by feminist and gender-based approaches
Everyone is welcome to get involved with our mission and our projects! If you are interested please contact us on our facebook, or email address listed below.
We are currently a team of 9: Birsu Karaarslan as the president; Milena Gropp as the Vice President; Arveen Sodhi as the Treasurer and many more dedicated team members.
Central to our goal of furthering gender justice and a feminist international security agenda are our core values of:
To celebrate International Women's Day, the Gender, Peace and Security Coalition (GPSC) organised the event 'Women in Sports: Feminist Perspectives on Mountaineering'.
The event initiated with a movie screening of 'To be a woman in the Himalaya' which highlights the experiences of women climbers from Poland and Nepal. The movie screening was followed by a panel discussion where the panelist Ms. Orianne Aymard, currently a fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) and Center for South Asian Studies (CERIAS), in Canada discussed her experiences of climbing Lhotse, 4th highest peak in the world, from a feminist perspective. The Chair, Tanya Kini, a recent graduate of IHEID, discussed struggles faced by women and minorities in competing in sports.'
On April 21st, 2021, the GPSC held a Panel Discussion on Peacebuilding and Gender Security in Post-Conflict Zones:
Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa. From 2006 to 2018 she led Liberia through reconciliation and recovery following the nation’s decade-long civil war and was the 2011 Nobel Laureate for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. We organized a panel discussion featuring Madam Sirleaf, Dr. Seymour, Dr. Degila and Madam Achakpa on peacebuilding and gender security in post-conflict zones of Sub-Saharan Africa.
One of our upcoming events:
Panel Discussion: Gender and Protest. 10th of May, 6pm-7.30pm CEST.
Social Movements have filled the headlines of last years' newspapers: Black Lives Matter, protests following the presidential election in Belarus, Reclaim These Streets in the UK, Bring Back Our Girls and End SARS in Nigeria, abortion rights protests in Poland, and many more.
Social movements may provide the basis for political campaigns, spark societal dialogue and give visibility to niche issues - the effective right to protest is an essential pillar of democratic societies. As UK protestors take to the streets to "Kill the Bill", we are preparing a panel discussion featuring social leaders, researchers and artists on gender and protest.
Within the panel we will discuss protest strategies adopted by different social groups, gendered perceptions, gender performativity, and questions of agency to shape national and international social movements. Our speakers include Ms Aisha Yesufu, leader in #BringBackOurGirls and End SARS, and Dr Alison Dahl Crossley, Executive Director at The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Make sure to follow our social media channels where we will announce further speakers as we move into May!"
We are currently working on a podcast/dialogue with JDI which will focus on “Environment, Gender,Peace and Diplomacy.”
We will be interviewing a professional working especially on Environment, Gender and Peace and will provide a roundtable discussion on the interconnectedness of these topics. It will be launched in May and keep your eyes on our social media so you won’t miss it!"
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