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Human Rights Initiative Lecture. "Women’s Rights in the 21st Century: Fifteen Years After UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
4:00 AM
1636 SSWB/International Institute

You will be able to view this panel discussion via a live webstream, starting at 3pm on Tuesday, March 17, via this link.



In 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, a landmark framework that would shape the global understanding of the roles of women in conflict situations and peace-building processes. Acknowledging the changing nature of warfare, in which civilian casualties have grown exponentially and gender-based violence has become a weapon of war, and recognizing the critical role of women in creating sustainable peace, the Resolution called on member states to take measures to increase participation of women in peace-building processes and to protect women from gender-based violence. In 2015, the women, peace, and security agenda is being reevaluate by the UN Security Council.  To close the gap between the promise of Resolution 1325 and its implementation, 10 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, including Jody Williams, commissioned Jared Genser and other partners to prepare and submit a report to the UN Security Council evaluating the impact of the Resolution 1325 and recommending how its implementation can be addressed.  In anticipation of the the report that is to be submitted in late March, Jody Williams and Jared Genser will join the Human Rights Initiative to preview its findings and its implications, and to discuss women's rights in the 21st century.


Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman - and third American woman - in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize.  Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights. Since 2006, she has worked with the Nobel Women's Initiative, which she currently chairs. The Initiative uses the prestige of the Prize and the influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates themselves to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality. Visit the Nobel Women's Initiative for more information. 






Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, a law and consulting firm that focuses on human rights, humanitarian, and corporate social responsibility projects.  He is also founder of Freedom Now, a non-governmental organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide.  In addition, he is an Associate of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and a columnist for The Diplomat, a current affairs magazine focused on the Asia-Pacific.  


This event is co-sponsored by the International Institute, PICS, Center for the Education of Women, and IPC. 

Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner; Jared Genser, Perseus Strategies and Freedom Now