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WPP Global Consultation 

Screen Shot 2014 05 14 at 11.48.09“Gender and Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace”

July 2-4, Cape Town, South Africa  

Let the countdown begin! The Global Consultation of the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) on “Gender and Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace” starts within a week! To get an idea of the topic, read the Gender & Militarism articles!

With the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 around the corner, the WPP Global Consultation will bring together more than 55 activists and academics from all over the world to discuss and analyze the links between gender & militarism in the framework of broadening the current Women, Peace and Security agenda, including UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and strengthening its transformative components.

What is the added value of looking at militarism through a gender lens? How does militarization affect our everyday life? What are opportunities for the women’s peace movement to strengthen nonviolent peace & security alternatives? These are just a few of the many questions to be covered by the WPP Global Consultation. The Global Consultation will consist of several panel and group discussions on topics such as militarism and feminism; applying a masculinities lens to violence and armed conflict; and developing nonviolent conflict resolution alternatives.

Speakers include academics such as Åsa Ekvall and Rahel Kunz, as well as women peace activists, such as Jasmin Nario-Galace (IANSA Women's Network Steering Team), Abigail Ruane (PeaceWomen, WILPF), Anand Pawar (South Asia Network to Address Masculinities) , Bernedette Muthien (Engender) and Zarin Hamid (Gender-Based Violence Program, Centre for Women’s Global Leadership).

More information on the background of the Global Consultation

At the Global Consultation, WPP will also launch its annual May 24 publication “Gender and Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace”. This May 24 Pack comprises of 23 articles written by leading academics, pioneering women peace activists and civil society representatives from all over the world, critically reflecting on the links between gender & militarism from multiple perspectives. The launch will mark the end of the six week Gender & Militarism Campaign on social media.

Click here to have a preview of some of the articles of the May 24 Pack.

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WPP’s global consultation is scheduled right before War Resisters International will be holding their conference on "Small Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence", in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 4th to the 8th of July. By facilitating interaction between the WPP Global Consultation and the WRI Conference mutual learning on militarism, gender and strategizing for nonviolent action will be strengthened. More information about the WRI Conference.