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PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update │ June 2018
Latest News
PRIO GPS Centre representatives attend annual consortium meeting of G/WPS Centres 
On 31 May-1 June 2018, Torunn L. Tryggestad, Julie M. Hansen and Linn Marie Reklev from the PRIO GPS Centre were in Prato, Italy for the annual consortium meeting of G/WPS Centres. The meeting was hosted by Monash Gender, Peace & Security (Australia), and also included representatives from the WPS Institute at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre (Ghana), the LSE Centre for WPS (UK), and Georgetown Institute for WPS (US). During the two-day meeting, the participants discussed possibilities for enhanced research collaboration, information exchange, and coordination of activities and training sessions. Read more about the meeting here. 
PRIO GPS Centre co-organises regional workshop on enhancing the WPS agenda in Northeast Asia 
The PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security was invited by UN Department of Political Affairs to co-organise a regional workshop on "Enhancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Northeast Asia" in Beijing on 24-25 May 2018, in partnership with UN Women, UNDP, UNESCO, SIPRI, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PRIO Senior Researcher Louise Olsson participated in a panel to discuss Global and Regional Trends together with Dr. Noeleen Heyzer (Member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, former UN Under-Secretary-General), Ms. Bineta Diop (Special Envoy of the African Union on WPS) and Major-General (ret.) Patrick Cammaert. The importance of meeting in Beijing is underscored by China’s growing international role in the area of Women, Peace and Security and the countries of the region being so actively engaged in UN peace operations across the globe. Read more about the event here
Workshop on women and girls in violent extremism
On 26-27 April 2018, the PRIO Centre for Gender, Peace and Security, together with the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo organised a Global Solutions Exchange workshop on “Women and Girls in Violent Extremism as Perpetrators, Survivors and Peacebuilders: Responding to the Gendered Dimensions of Disengagement, Rehabilitation and Reintegration” in Oslo. Participants included researchers, policy makers, practitioners, journalists, victims and former 'returnees'. The workshop focused specifically on practical recommendations for dealing with female perpetrators and 'returnees'.  Read more about the event here. 
Gender, peace and security researchers meet at PRIO
On 14 June 2014, members of the Research Network on Gender, Peace and Security met at PRIO to discuss ongoing and new research projects and exchange information. At the meeting, Marita Sørheim-Rensvik, the Norwegian MFA's Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, held an introduction to the government's ongoing work on a new WPS national action plan, and Trine Rogg Korsvik, Senior Advisor at Kilden information centre for gender research, presented a new handbook on integrating gender perspectives in research. PRIO Doctoral Researcher Jenny Lorentzen also presented her draft paper "Women as "New Security Actors" in the Fight Against Violent Extremism in Mali". Read more about the event here. 
Fullbright article prize awarded to Inger Skjelsbæk
The Fulbright Alumni Association Norway (FAAN) has by scholarly committee awarded PRIO Research Professor Inger Skjelsbæk the Fulbright Article Prize for 2018 , recognizing the past year’s best scientific article by a Norwegian Fulbright scholar. She receives the award for her article Narratives of Support and Resistance: A Political Psychological Analysis of the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, co-authored with former PRIO research assistant Elin Doeland and published in Political Psychology in 2017.The study is part of a FRIPRO project financed by the Research Council of Norway. Find more information here. 
PRIO GPS presentation at key leader seminar at the Swedish Defence University 
On 18 June 2018, PRIO Senior Researcher Louise Olsson gave a presentation on Gender perspective and Women, Peace and Security: Framework and practical content together with Major Linda Johansson, Swedish Armed Forces, at the Key Leader Seminar held at the Swedish Defence University. The seminar is organized by Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations and seeks to strengthen senior leaders’ knowledge on “how to integrate gender perspectives into operations planning, execution and evaluation at strategic and operational level.” Read more about the seminar here. 
Louise Olsson gives keynote address at Cornell University-Stockholm University 4th Annual Conference
On June 11 2018, Senior Researcher Louise Olsson at the PRIO GPS Centre gave a keynote address on Gender, Peace and Security: Slogans, systematic empirics, and critical perspectives at the Cornell University-Stockholm University 4th Annual Conference on International Studies in the 21st Century. The keynote discussed the evolving research agenda and what systematic empirical research and more critical and conceptually focused feminist research can contribute with to forward ongoing practical efforts for realize the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Read more about the Conference here
Workshop on "Gender Equality as Branding"
On 20-21 June 2018, Inger Skjelsbæk, Research Professor at the PRIO GPS Centre, co-organised a two-day workshop on 'Gender Equality as Branding: Moving Beyond Nordic Exceptionalism'. The workshop forms part of the larger Nordic Branding Project at the University of Oslo. Skjelsbæk also presented the paper 'Branding Norway’s Peace Engagement: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?', co-written with PRIO GPS Director Torunn L. Tryggestad. 
PRIO GPS participates in workshop on assessing and influencing progress in peace processes
On 30 May-1 June, PRIO Senior Researcher Louise Olsson participated in a workshop on "Assessing and Influencing Progress in Peace Processes" in Barcelona. The workshop was organized by Conciliation Resources and the Kroc Institute for International Peace and aimed to explore methodologies and approaches used to assess and influence progress in peace processes. Olsson gave a presentation on Gender and peace which focused on how systematic research on gender aspects can assist us in assessing progress toward peace. 
PRIO GPS Centre contributes to the policy dialogue "New Research = Better Policies" in Gothenburg, Sweden. 
On May 30 2018, Louise Olsson participated in the panel Gendering Governance, Conflict, and Democracy: The Role of Women in Development and Foreign Policy at the Policy Dialogue "New Research = Better Policies: Insights on Democracy, Governance and Armed Conflict" at the University of Gothenburg. The discussion addressed key challenges and opportunities when seeking to improve the dialogue between researchers and senior decision-makers. The Policy Dialogue was organised by the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) and other partners, with the aim to to bridge the gap between analysis and practice and to shed light on questions relating to democracy support and governance. Read more about the event here. 
PRIO Summer School in Peace Research 2018
On 25 June 2018, PRIO GPS Centre Director Torunn L. Tryggestad gave a lecture on 'Women, Peace and Security' at the kick-off of this year's PRIO Summer School in Peace Research. This is a summer graduate course that has been taking place every summer since 1969. It forms part of the International Summer School (ISS) organised by the University in Oslo, where students from across the globe participate. 
New PRIO/FBA project on Women, Peace and Security in Mali
Doctoral researcher Jenny Lorentzen at the PRIO GPS Centre will be collaborating with Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) on a project on "Women, Peace and Security in Mali". Lorentzen will conduct a study with the objective of identifying concrete factors that contribute to and/or hamper the possibilities for women’s meaningful participation in the peace and reconciliation process in Mali. The project is closely related to the topic of Lorentzen's PhD project, which looks at the diffusion of gender equality norms such as UNSCR 1325 in transitional settings, with a particular focus on Mali. 
Fieldwork in Myanmar for doctoral project on "Social Media in Armed Conflict through a Gender Lens"
Julie M. Hansen, Doctoral Researcher at PRIO, has been on fieldwork in Myanmar. Hansen spent the month of June in the country to do initial data collection for her project 'Social Media in Armed Conflict through A Gender Lens: The Case of Myanmar'. The project will study how social media, and in particular Facebook, has opened up space for women's political participation, and how armed groups use social media in gendered ways. The doctoral research is part of the larger PRIO project 'Social Media in Armed Conflict: The Case of Myanmar', led by Stein Tønnesson
Linn Marie Reklev is the new PRIO GPS Centre Manager 
From 1 July 2018, Linn Marie Reklev will begin in a fulltime position as the new PRIO GPS Centre Manager. She has already worked 50% as the GPS Centre Coordinator since January, after Julie Marie Hansen started her PhD project, whilst also working 50% on another PRIO project. Reklev will, among other tasks, assist in the daily running of the Centre, serve as the primary contact point for Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) and NWM-Norway, and serve as the editor of the GPS Update. 
Recent PRIO Publications
Demetriou, Olga & Maria Hadjipavlou (2018) The Impact of Women's Activism on the Peace Negotiations in Cyprus. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 24(1): 50-65

Erdal, Marta Bivand & Louise Ryan (2018) Gendered, spatial and temporal approaches to Polish intra-European migrationGender, Place and Culture.

Houge, Anette Bringedal & Inger Skjelsbæk (2018) Securitising Sexual Violence: Transitions from War to Peace, in Kate Fitz-Gibbon; Sandra Walklate; J McCulloch & JaneMaree Maher, eds., Intimate Partner Violence, Risk and Security. Securing Women’s Lives in a Global World. London: Routledge (Chapter 1).

Lorentzen, Jenny (2018) Les femmes dans le processus de paix au Mali [Women and the Peace Process in Mali], Mars 2018. Observatoire Boutros-Ghali du maintien de la paix.

Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018) Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, in Williams, Timothy; & Susanne Buckley-Zistel, eds., Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence: Action, Motivations and Dynamics (Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity). London: Routledge (151–168).

Tickner, J Ann, & Jacqui True (2018). A Century of International Relations Feminism: From World War 1 Women's Peace Pragmatism to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. International Studies Quarterly.

Find all gender-related publications by PRIO researchers on our website
Other Recent Publications
Achilleos-Sarll, Columba. "Gender, UN peacebuilding, and the politics of space: locating legitimacy, by Laura J. Shepherd." (2018): International Feminist Journal of Politics,1-3.

Berry, Marie E. (2017) Barriers to Women's Progress After Atrocity : Evidence from Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Gender & Society 31(6). 830-853.  

Chinkin, Christine & Madeleine Rees (2018) "I lost my dignity": Sexual and gender-based violence in the Syrian Arab Republic. A commentary on the Conference Room Paper of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security with WILPF International.  

Cook, Sam (2018) Encountering Metis in the Security Council. LSE Working Paper Series 15/2018

Garner, Karen (2018) Translating international women’s rights: the CEDAW convention in context, Susanne Zwingel, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 1-2 

Kaya, Zeynep N. & Kyra N. Luchtenberg (2018) Displacement and Women's Economic Empowerment: Voices of Displaced Women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, Women for Women International UK and Gender Action for Peace and Security Report. 

Klugman, Jeni, Jennifer Parsons & Tatiana Melnikova (2018) Working to Empower Girls in Nigeria: Highlights of the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Program. GIWPS Report 2018.  

Lee-Koo, Katrina & Jaqui True (2018) Toward Inclusive Peace: mapping gender-sensitive peace agreements 2000-2016. Monash GPS Policy Brief, April 2018

Lee-Koo, Katrina & Hannah Jay (2018). Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from South Sudan. Monash GPS & Plan International Report. 

Life & Peace Institute, Peace Direct & Somali Women Solidarity Organization (2018) Women, Conflict and Peace: Learning from Kismayo. Study Report.

McFarland, Kelly (2018) Lessons from the Past: Women, Political Violence and CVE. GIWPS Bridging Theory & Practice Paper Series.

Neenan, Joanne (2018). Closing the Protection Gap for Children Born in War: Addressing stigmatisation and the intergenerational impact of sexual violence in conflict. LSE Centre for WPS  and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report. 

Tamaru, Nanako, Olivia Holt-Ivry, & Marie O’Reilly (2018) Beyond Revolution: How Women Influenced Constitution Making in Tunisia. Inclusive Security and UNDP Report. 

Turkington, Rebecca & Agathe Christien (2018) Women, Deradicalization and Rehabilitation: Lessons from an Expert Workshop. GIWPS Policy Brief, April 2018. 

Upcoming Events
9th High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes, Oslo, 9-11 October 2018. By invitation only.

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