Women’s rights have been debated at the UN for a long time. The creation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in 2000, and the increased consideration of gender in policy creation, has made it a central feature of UN work in recent years.
However, gender disparity continues globally, and conservative and religious groups in opposition to feminists are gaining traction. As the UN is sum of its parts, we must ask: is the UN a space for furthering women’s rights and gender equality in this context?
In this webinar, recent contributors to the journal International Affairs draw on their research to examine this question. They highlight how member states are using (and abusing) the WPS agenda, how WPS policies impact women in peace negotiations, and the ongoing struggles between feminist and conservative NGOs at the UN.
Rhaíssa Pagot, PhD student in Political Science at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Andrea Schneiker, Professor of Global Governance at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen
Irem Ebetürk, Post-doctoral Fellow at the WZB Social Science Center
Chair: Leah de Haan, Project Manager, Chatham House