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Symposium: Towards a peaceful global order and gender justice in diplomacy

Symposium, 350-årsjubileum

Where are the women in diplomacy and peace negotiations? Join the discussion in this jubilee symposium.

LIVE-STREAM ON 7 MARCH 10:00 am -12:00 am

Global politics and diplomacy are today confronted with some major challenges, which pose as threats to international peace and security. The quest for a peaceful and legitimised global order is of vital concern for us all. Yet, in the spheres of diplomacy and peace negotiations women are still either absent or grossly underrepresented.

This symposium seeks to address and explore three major questions regarding gender justice in global politics and peace diplomacy: (1) Where are the women? (2) How is gender related to the decline of armed conflict? (3) Which paths can be taken towards a more inclusive and gender-just peace diplomacy?

The event is free and open to the public, but will require registration!
Sign-up to this event.

This event will be live-streamed on our Lund University Youtube channel and on our jubilee Facebook. Presentations will be made available at a later stage on our Youtube channel. 
Youtube channel
Jubilee Facebook

Key-note speakers:

Margot Wallström, Foreign Minister of Sweden.
Margot Wallström has previously served as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (2010-2012), First Vice President of the European Commission for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy and European Commissioner for the Environment.

Joshua Goldstein, Professor, American University, University of Massachusetts.
Prof. Goldstein is the winner of the International Studies Association of Book of the Decade Award and among others author of Winning the War on War (2011), War and Gender (2001).

Thania Paffenholz, Director, Geneva Institute.
Dr Paffenholz is internationally renowned for her work on and in support of peace and political transition processes worldwide. In recognition of her work, Dr. Paffenholz received the prestigious Wihuri International Prize in 2015.

Ann Towns, Associate Professor, Gothenburg University.
Prof. Towns has a large research project on gender norms, practices and hierarchies in diplomacy. Towns is the author of Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society.

Convenor and moderator:
Karin Aggestam, Pufendorf chair professor in Political Science at Lund University and visiting professor at Monash University. Prof. Aggestam has a forthcoming book on Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiation (Palgrave) with Ann Towns

More on this topic on our jubilee blog: Why gender matters in peace diplomacy


This event is followed by "Disasters: Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World" in the afternoon between 15:00-18:00. Please note that this event requires registration as well.
Learn more about the afternoon symposium.


Join the science week kick-off on Sunday 5 March between 17:00-18:30 in the main University building. We will launch the week with music, discussions and present what the week has in store!
Learn more about the science week launch.

This event is part of the science week ‘Is the world becoming a better place', which takes place between 6-12 March.
See all events during this week (in Swedish).

Download the program for the whole week (PDF)

See all our jubilee events.


Bild: Latvian Foreign Ministry

2017-03-07 10:00 till 12:00
Universitetshusets aula, Lund
cecilia.schubert [at]

Om händelsen

2017-03-07 10:00 till 12:00
Universitetshusets aula, Lund
cecilia.schubert [at]

Box 117, 221 00 LUND
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