Registration opens for Women, Peace, and Security Program Launch Symposium

Women, Peace, and Security Program Launch Symposium
Friday, October 27, 2017 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
The Rotunda, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University


Friday, October 27, 2017

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Rotunda | Low Memorial Library
Columbia University


Please join us for the official launch of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Program, housed at Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University. The program launch will be marked by a public symposium on Friday, October 2017 at the Low Memorial Library Rotunda.

The mission of the new WPS program, under the directorship of Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, is to contribute to a greater understanding of the diverse roles women play in successfully influencing sustainable peace and human security through everyday activism. Through education, public service, outreach and research, the WPS program will advance the visibility and capacity of women peacekeepers and practitioners – domestically and internationally – and codify and disseminate lessons learned from their experiences and participation.

On October 27th, leading scholars, practitioners, activists, and policymakers will convene to explore the possibilities, challenges, and complexities of a global, intersectional women, peace and security agenda.

Graça Samo, grassroots feminist activist and International Coordinator of the World March of Women, will give the morning’s keynote address.

Additional speakers include Elena Ambrosi (Peace and Victims’ Rights Protection Delegate, General Inspector, Republic of Colombia), Leymah Gbowee (WPS Executive Program Director and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate), Allison Julien (Dorthy Bolden Fellow/ We Dream in Black Organizer, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance), Chirlane McCray (First Lady of New York City, Founder of the Cities Thrive Coalition), Alaa Murabit (Phase Minus One Executive Director, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, and Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocate), Lakshmi Puri (Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women), Joni Seager (Goldman Distinguished Professor, Global Studies, Bentley University), Gloria Steinem (Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organizer), and others to be announced.

An original photography exhibition, Voices of Everyday Peace and Security: Portraits from Mozambique and New York City, will also be on display.

Register here!

Free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend this event.


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