March 6 Event: Human Security: The missing link between women’s rights, conflict, and peace


Women’s Learning Partnership
in partnership with
the Center for Public Scholarship & the Gender Studies Program at
The New School

Human Security: The missing link between women’s rights, conflict, and peace

3:30 PM – 7:30 PM, March 6th, 2013

John Tishman Auditorium at The New School 


Gender-based violence is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth, presentin 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. During this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) will convene leaders from across the globe to discuss why human security is central to confronting this century’s challenges – from ending gender-based violence to achieving international peace.

** During the event, WLP will premiere its new documentary, “Because Our Cause Is Just,” on the post-Arab Spring backlash against women’s rights and the targeting of women’s rights defenders in the Middle East/North Africa  –  developments that have serious implications for establishing true democracies in the region.**

3:30 - 3:45pm          Welcome: Alexandra Delano, Acting Chair of Global Studies, The New School
         Introductory remarks: Mahnaz Afkhami  (Iran/U.S.) - President & Founder, Women’s Learning Partnership         
3:45 - 5:15pm          Violence in Conflict, Violence in Peace: What Is Security for Women?
         Followed by Q&A
Chair: Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil) - Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação (Cepia) 
Brigid Inder (New Zealand) - Executive Director, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice
Asma Khader (Jordan)– UN Special Investigator for Human Rights Abuses in Libya; Secretary General, Jordanian National Commission for Women
Aruna Rao (India/United States) – Co-founder & Executive Director, Gender at Work 
Madeleine Rees (Wales)- Secretary General, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) 
5:15 - 5:30pm        Keynote: Zainab Hawa Bangura (Sierra Leone)- UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
5:30 - 5:45              Coffee break - light refreshments will be served

5:45 - 6:25pm        Premiere of the Documentary: Because Our Cause Is Just 
6:25 - 7:30pm         Getting to a Culture of Peace: Women’s Rights, Democracy, and Development 
        Followed by Q&A
Chair: Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon) - Executive Director, Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A) 
Farah Karimi (Iran/The Netherlands) - Executive Director, Oxfam Novib
Farida Naqash (Egypt) – Chairperson, Forum for Women in Development (FWID)
S:SSO to Sakai