The Women’s Learning Partnership in D.C. presents, with the Center for Public Scholarship and the Gender Studies Program at The New School, Human Security: The Missing Link Between Women’s Rights, Conflict, and Peace. During this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) will convene leaders from across the globe to discuss why a human security approach is the best answer to this century’s challenges – from ending gender-based violence to achieving international peace.
Gender-based violence is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth, representing every country, every culture, every religion, every class. From violence in the private sphere to rape used as a weapon of war, violence against women is intimately linked to violence across society. Moreover, those at the forefront of fields ranging from economic development to counterterrorism are recognizing that global prosperity, peace, and security cannot be realized in the absence of women’s rights.
Today, there is a growing consensus that when combating domestic violence, advancing peace and conflict resolution, or confronting violent extremism, the way to achieve these ends is through a framework that puts human security at the fore. Given the major political transitions, resurgent extremism, and violent conflicts affecting large portions of the world, a serious examination of the importance of advancing human security to meet these most pressing challenges is urgently needed.
Three keynotes will be given, by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Other participants are Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil), Brigid Inder (New Zealand), Asma Khader (Jordan), Madeleine Rees (New Zealand), Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon), Aruna Rao (United States), Farah Karimi (Iran/The Netherlands), and Farida Naqash (Egypt).