Webinar: Mobilizing women, peace, and security to reduce military spending

Join the the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is the principal institution of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE-ODIHR), UN Women, and a panel of experts to explore cutting edge research on the gendered dimensions of military spending. Learn about successful, practical strategies by activists, parliamentarians and the United Nations to reduce it. Full details ▼
Event type: Online discussions
Start date: 08 December 2021 | Start time: 09:00 UTC -05:00
End date: 08 December 2021 | End time: 10:30 UTC -05:00
Location: Online, Zoom

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The UN Secretary-General’s 2021 report on women, peace, and security places special emphasis on one of the Secretary-General’s five forward-looking women, peace and security (WPS) goals for the decade—the goal of reversing the upward trajectory in global military spending with a view to encouraging greater investment in the social infrastructure and services that buttress human security.

Curbing military spending has been a strategic objective of the women’s movement for peace and a core commitment of the United Nations since its foundation.

Commitments to reducing military expenditure and controlling the availability of armaments was included in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995 and reaffirmed more recently during the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.


This webinar will explore what this means for WPS policy and activism: How can military spending be reversed, by whom, and to what?

Speakers:

  • Dr. Hedy Fry, Special Representative on Gender Issues of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Canada
  • Dr. Ruth Carlitz, author of UN Women research “Comparing military and human security spending”
  • Estefanía Vela Barba, Executive Director, Intersecta, Mexico
  • Nora Allgaier, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
  • Dr. Abigail Ruane, author of Spotlight on Sustainable Development chapter, "SDG 16 – Governing for gender equality and peace? Or perpetual violence and conflict?"
  • Dr. Pablo Castillo Diaz, UN Women

Languages: English, Spanish, Russian, French, International Sign Language

Webinar: Mobilizing women, peace, and security to reduce military spending
Sponsored by: UN Women Headquarters
Other Co-Sponsors: the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE-ODIHR)
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Contact person: Natasha Lamoreux natasha.lamoreux[at]unwomen.org