The University of Edinburgh is to host a talk by Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on 26th November.
The distinguished international lawyer and human rights advocate will deliver the second Chrystal Macmillan Lecture of 2015, 'Myths and Realities: What is the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?'
In 2000 the Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 and somewhat slowly and painstakingly the Women Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, was born. This lecture will seek explain not just what the so-called Agenda is and why it is so important, but will also address the major fault lines and why implementation has been so difficult.
Rees will also explain and deconstruct some of the terminology that has been implicated in the WPS, briefly looking at some of the concepts in the resolution: participation, protection and prevention, then some of the influential factors: “gender equality”, political economy, neo-liberalism, militarism and masculinities, and then see how they have played out in real life conflicts, from Syria to Ukraine and Bosnia.
The lecture takes place on 26th November from 6pm to 7.30pm at Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square, and is free to attend.