Conference: The Gender Dimensions of Armed Violence

Conference: The Gender Dimensions of Armed Violence

lundi 25 février 2013, 09:15-18:00

The Gender Dimensions of Armed Violence

Auditorium Jacques-Freymond, 132 rue de Lausanne

The gender dimensions of social conflict, armed violence and peacebuilding are multifaceted and complex. Quantitative research has demonstrated a strong correlation between levels of gender inequality and war, suggesting that women’s subordination and vulnerability is a significant predictor of armed violence. Women and girls often bear the brunt of violence, insecurity and impoverishment. Consequently, women tend to be portrayed as passive victims whose agency in social conflict remains ignored. Yet, the war-related transformation of gender roles offers women opportunities of economic empowerment and political leadership that is often reversed once violent conflict ends, leaving women again in a state of insecurity. The exploratory workshop panels are organised around three main questions: (1) How is gender (equality) linked to armed conflict? (2) How and why is violence against civilians gendered? (3) What role does gender play in processes of violence prevention and peacebuilding?


9:15 Welcome

  • Elisabeth  Prügl, The Graduate Institute, Director of the Programme on Gender and Global Change
  • Jana Krause, The Graduate Institute and German Institute of Global and Area Studies

9:45-11:45 Panel 1: Gender Equality and Armed Conflict

Chair: Rahel Kunz, Université de Lausanne

  • Cynthia Cockburn, City University London
  • Theodora-Ismene Gizelis, University of Essex
  • Marsha Henry, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Åshild Kolås, Peace Research Institute Oslo

Discussants: Daisy Onyge, Port Harcourt University; Elisabeth Prügl, The Gradute Institute

12:00 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Panel 2: The Gender Dimensions of Violence against Civilians

Chair: Bina d’Costa, Australian National University

  • Maria Stern, University of Gothenburg
  • Ragnhild Nordaas, Peace Research Institute Oslo
  • Meghan Foster Lynch, Temple University
  • Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida

Discussants: Keith Krause, The Graduate Institute, Small Arms Suvey and Centre on Conflict, Peacebuilding and Development; Arifah Rahmawati, Gadjah Mada University

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00-18:00 Panel 3: The Gender Dimensions of Violence Prevention and Peacebuilding

Chair: Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Small Arms Survey

  • Carol Cohn, University of Massachusetts
  • Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Philipps Universität Marburg
  • Antonia Potter Prentice, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  • Donna Pankhurst, University of Bradford

Discussants: Wening Udasmoro; Gadjah Mada University; Mimidoo Achakpa, WREP Abuja

This event is organised by the Programme on Gender and Global Change in collaboration with

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