Where are the Women? Staying Curious about Gender in International Security

Where are the Women? Staying Curious about Gender in International Security

The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) hosted a virtual discussion addressing women’s experiences in international security and exploring ways to overcome structural gender inequalities in arms control and disarmament, mediation, and peacekeeping. Ahead of the Women, Peace and Security week at the UN, this event highlighted the multiple roles that women play in international security. It also provided an opportunity to discuss the experiences of women in peacekeeping, disarmament and conflict mediation, including the common barriers they face, as well as existing policies and practices to advance inclusivity.

A recording of this event is now available on the UNIDIR YouTube channel (and below):


Opening remarks by Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President of the International Peace Institute


• Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Professor at Clark University
• Ambassador Donald Steinberg, Executive Director, Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace and Security, and Expert Adviser to the Administrator, US Agency for International Development 
• Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, Fellow with the GCSP and former Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva
• Lausanne Nsengimana Ingabire, Gender Advisor, United Nations Office of Military Affairs

Closing Remarks by Dr. Cécile Aptel, Deputy Director, UNIDIR.


22 October 2021 13:15 – 15:00 EDT | Online


This side event is co-sponsored by Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, Namibia, Norway, the Philippines and Sweden.

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