Julie L. Arostegui, J.D. WIIS Member Profile

Julie Arostegui, J.D. is Policy Director at Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) where she works to empower women to become political leaders on issues of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and national security. Recently Julie published a toolkit with Women In International Security (Women, Peace and Security: Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women in Post-Conflict Systems). WIIS’s Program Assistant Alex Paul spoke to Julie about the importance of this work, what the toolkit offers, and women’s participation in the peace and security agenda.

“People forget that women can contribute to security”

Cynthia Petrigh, WIIS member profile. Throughout her career as an expert in conflict resolution and international law, Ms. Petrigh has worked to advance the implementation and understanding of human rights. In 2014 she was recognized for her significant contributions toward ending sexual violence by former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London. She sat down with WIIS Program Assistant, Alex Paul, to discuss her work and to reflect on the significance of gender in her work.

Negotiating a Better Peace: Women & Civil Society at the Table

Trying to create a more sustainable peace while ignoring over half the population is a recipe for failure, especially when “women’s agency, their creativity and patience, and their capacity to love and to build consensus… make women a valuable constituency for peace”, as Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Director of UN Women, observed. It was with these goals in mind that women from around the world met in June 2014 at the Better Peace Symposium.

A WIIS Member’s Reflections from the Field

Palestinians and Israelis in particular, bring with them a history of victimhood and see themselves in the present context, by and large, as victims. Both groups bring to the conflict a national history of persecution and destruction… each group brings to the conflict a deep sense of persecution that is not always recognized by the other side because each are too preoccupied with their own tragic national experience.

Nowhere to Go But Up: Girls’ Education in Pakistan

By Kelsey L. Campbell By now, nearly everyone is familiar with the story of Malala Yousafzai: In October 2012, she was shot in the head by the Taliban in her native Swat Valley in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province because she campaigned for girls’ right to education. She was medically evacuated to England, where after a […]