With the generous support of the Embassy of Liechtenstein in Washington, D.C., WIIS facilitates a series of expert roundtables to explore the gender dimensions of key security challenges. These roundtables provide a forum for bringing together a diverse group of experts and policymakers to advance gender considerations in security policy deliberations. Key takeaways and recommendations of expert roundtables are captured and disseminated in the form of policy briefs and framing papers. See our recent publications.
Expert Roundtables Thus Far:
April 26, 2018: Climate Change: The Gender Dimensions
The third roundtable in the series discussed the gender dimensions of climate change. The discussion examined how climate change impacts men and women, to what extent national and international policies have integrated these gender dimensions, and identified gaps. The experts also discussed the state of research and how the Women, Peace and Security Agenda intersects with scholarship and programs addressing climate change.
March 15, 2018: People on the Move: The Gender Dimensions of Migration, Refugee Crises, and Human Trafficking
The second roundtable in the series discussed the movement of people and the gender dimensions and effects of voluntary and forced migration. The discussion asked if the current international and national legal and political frameworks and institutions adapt to the changing nature of the movement of people in the 21st century. Additionally, gender has historically been neglected by policymakers when considering how to address the many problems that migrants and refugees face, particularly how to combat human trafficking. Although the situation is improving, the gender dimensions of each phenomenon – and how they intersect – are still woefully understudied and dismissed. The discussion focused on how the Women, Peace and Security Agenda intersect with the migratory and refugee and human trafficking agendas.
September 18, 2017: Gender Dimensions of Security in the Horn of Africa
The first roundtable in the series discussed Gender, Peace, and Security. For this discussion, the discussion focused on gender dimensions of security challenges in Kenya and the Horn of Africa. Panelists examined the role of gender in traditional security challenges such as terrorism and armed conflict, as well as non-traditional, human security issues such as human rights and climate change. Experts discussed the gender-related violence against the record number of female candidates in Kenya’s recent elections and efforts to increase female political participation.
Read policy briefs from the series here and check back for updates on upcoming publications.