Gender and Inclusivity in Peace Processes w. Dr. Joyce Neu – University of Copenhagen

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Gender and Inclusivity in Peace Processes w. Dr. Joyce Neu

To register, please send an email to cric@cric.ku.dk
Deadline for registration is Friday October 21th, 2016.

The public lecture

This public lecture focuses on gender and peacebuilding by examining inclusivity in peace processes.  Participants in peacemaking are almost always those who are waging the war — government and opposition leaders, armed forces, militias, and rebel forces.  Recent research reveals that engendering peace processes through the inclusion of women and civil society actors leads to better agreements and more sustainable peace.

2015 was a year of review of the peace and security efforts of the United Nations with the Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture, and the Global Study on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Gender is a core  theme in the review processes as well as in the planning and implementation of peace and security efforts of both the UN and other agencies. Yet it tends to be an add-on rather than a core priority of the efforts. Without gender-responsive peacebuilding efforts the international community risks not matching the needs on the ground and effectively contributing to sustainable peace.

In this lecture Dr. Joyce Neu will focus on gender and peacebuilding by examining inclusivity in peace processes.  Dr. Neu will share insights on gender, mediation, peace and security with regard to recent policy developments and peace processes, provide an overview of current research in the area, and share her own experience from many years of working as a practitioner in this area. 

Biography (short)

Dr. Joyce Neu is Founder and Senior Associate of Facilitating Peace, a consulting network that assists in the analysis, prevention, and resolution of armed conflict through its work with parties to the conflict, civil society, international NGOs, and governmental and intergovernmental organizations. Dr. Neu was the first Team Leader for the United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts, advising Special Advisors and Envoys of the UN Secretary-General on peace processes. She was founding executive director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego and Senior Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. She has given advice on conflicts in more than two dozen countries and led mediation efforts in Congo (Brazzaville), Mali, Sudan and Uganda.

For the past 18 years, Dr. Neu has advocated for women’s participation in peace processes and has conducted trainings and assessments on women’s inclusion. She co-created the Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego in 2002.

Dr. Neu has a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from the University of Southern California and has published on conflict resolution, negotiations, sociolinguistics, and international war crimes tribunals. 

The lecture will be held at University of Copenhagen,  Alexandersalen,  Bispetorvet 1-3, 1167 Copenhagen, Tuesday October 25th, 2016, 4.00 – 6pm.

This seminar is organised by Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research and the Carlsberg Foundation.