Summer School on Women, Peace and Security

The role of women in peace building and peacekeeping

17 - 28 June 2013, The Hague  

Discrimination and exclusion of women and lack of protection through legislation and justice make women extremely vulnerable in conflict and women’s bodies a battlefield in the war. Although this violence against women has received increased (international) attention, impunity is still largely reigning. The strong focus on women without gender perspective and identifying women only as victims is creating a division between men and women in communities; men are stereotyped as perpetrators or aggressors, women as victims. This situation is an obstacle for joint efforts for change and women’s active role, in spite of efforts to empower women and support their leadership. Although the majority of violation is done by men, not all men are violent, an important fact to consider in peace building. Impunity has become not only a threat for justice and security, but also a problem for men and women in the margin of power.

In 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, known as UNSCR 1325, an initiative strongly lobbied for by the women’s movement, in order to make serious work of a part of the Beijing Platform of Action, 15 years before in 1995. With this resolution the Security Council recognises the imperative of women’s active participation and inclusive processes for sustainable peace and security and remind member states of their responsibility to respect and implement women’s and human rights according to international treaties. Resolution 1325 was followed by others (1820, 188.1889, 1960). But in spite of some positive changes, 12 years after the adoption of UNSCR 1325, practice is still far from full implementation and women still face huge obstacles for participation peace processes and other changes and impunity for (sexual) violence against women (and gender based violence against men) is still widespread, particularly for those responsible for widespread violence as a war crime. About 30 countries have developed national action plans (NAP) - as recommended in the resolution – and information about the resolution is not always disclosed to responsible staff and authorities.

During and after the 10 year celebration many member states publicly confirmed the importance of the resolution and announced action such as developing NAPs and adopting the newly developed set of indicators to measure change. These promises and the adopted indicators and the decision to review implementation in 2015 are very important opportunities for civil society organisations and women’s movement to grab this important political momentum.

The challenge is huge. Because of the before mentioned tendency to focus more on (sexual) violence against women, emphasising women as victims at the expense of women’s active (political) role, women face huge obstacles in mostly patriarchal societies, facing cultural prejudices, which are often supported by international organisations. Men are increasingly challenged by more violent masculinities, impeding social and equal processes for change and exclusion and violence when women make their voice hear.



The training Women Peace and Security is open for women and men who seek inclusion of women and active (political) participation in conflict affected situations and peace building processes. The main objective is to increase their knowledge, skills and networks and thus facilitate a more inclusive and effective peace building. Many of the participants in this course come from conflict affected areas and from organisations or countries that want to advocate for the implementation of the WPS agenda and other inclusive conflict transformation efforts. However, students are welcome to join this course as well.

The training consists of 5 modules:

1. Introduction to concepts of conflict, conflict transformation and prevention.

2. Introduction to the relevant UNSC Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and international Law and Human Rights framework and mechanisms.

3. Discussion and analysis of obstacles, successes, dilemmas and challenges based on cases in the field, mainly based on the experiences of the participants.

4. Training module for tools and skills: Communication and negotiation skills and  advocacy.

5. Debate with external stakeholders. 

Please see the 2013 programme of the summer school.


For registration please fill out the registration form below. The fee is €995 for professionals and €875 for students, including lunches and refreshments, a welcome dinner, a drinks reception and working materials. Leiden University students are charged €700,-.  Accommodation is not included in the fee.
The deadline for application is 30 April 2013.


Participants in this course need to book their own accommodation.
Cheap housing options are the Skotel , Stay Okay and Jorplace.
For further options please check the accommodation list on this website.
For information about the city of The Hague check this  Guide for International Students




The registration fee can be paid online through Paylogic . To secure your registration, please pay the registration fee within fourtheen days after your admission. Please send us proof of payment after having completed your payment. If you are not able to pay online, please contact us for our bank details. If your employer will pay the fee, please inform us accordingly so we can send your employer an invoice for the fee. Please note that in case of cancellation of your inscription after the 20th of May 2013, a €150 will be deducted from your refund for administrative charges. Candidates who apply for a scholarship are not requested to pay the fee immediately. They can await the decision on their scholarship application.



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