Category Archives: Feminism

Join WILPF in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign!

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Day 1 of Rutger’s Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign!

Join us from November 25th – December 10th as WILPF promotes an end to violence against women! Each day of the working week for the next 16 days, we will post a new Facebook and Twitter status detailing how WILPF works towards a woman’s right to equality and a life free from fear!

So join us! Share and like our Facebook statuses, retweet our Tweets and get in on the action. Together, we can rise up and stop violence against women!

For more info read our article on WILPF International’s website:


Looking back on RAMSI, mainstreaming women, peace and security in Australian foreign policy and practice

UNSCR1325 13th Anniversary Event:

Evening Seminar: Open to public

Presenters include Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf and Sue Ingram

Dr. Jasmine-Kim Westendorf is a lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University. Her research explores why negotiated peace processes often fail to establish lasting peace, and she has worked extensively on issues of conflict resolution, peace processes, peace-building, and the international community’s responses to civil wars across a range of cases in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She co-founded and convenes the Melbourne Free University.

Sue Ingram has a long career in public policy, peace-building and international development, including as a senior executive in Australian Government – including AusAID. She has also held several appointments in UN peacekeeping missions in Timor-Leste before and after independence. Sue was head of RAMSI’s Machinery of Government pillar, the area with responsibility for the Women in Government Project within RAMSI. More recently she has worked as an independent consultant/adviser focusing on governance and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected states for AusAID, the World Bank, UNDP and OECD. Sue is now studying full-time towards a PhD.

Event date: Monday

11 November 2013.

5.30 pm for nibbles and refreshment,

6.00-7.00 pm Seminar

Venue: The Theatrette,

Sir Roland Wilson Building (Room 2.02),

21 McCoy Cct, ANU

This Is a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Event in Partnership with the ANU Gender Institute.

RSVP: For catering purposes please book with Eventbrite as light refreshments will be served outside the Theatrette from 5.30.

Contact Martina Fechner or call 6125 6281 (Mon- Wed)

Access: Free and open to the public

Websites: UNSCR13325 The first resolution on Women, Peace and Security and RAMSI Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

WILPF – ACT Branch June FOCUS meeting:
Saturday, 1 June
Friends House, cnr Condamine and Bent Streets, Turner
10.15am for a chat and a cuppa
10.30 start to 12.30pm finish

 FOCUS theme:
Australia’s National Action Plan
on Women, Peace  and Security 2012-2015

The June FOCUS meeting will support the WILPF priority: ‘Investing in Peace’.  The meeting will address Australia’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (the NAP) which is gaining momentum within the broad Australian government and non-government sectors.  Members are requested to bring a copy of the NAP to the meeting.  There will be additional copies for new members who may not yet have a copy.

Please let Jan Goldsworthy know if you would like to receive a copy of the March/April Branch newsletter which highlights the national interest in the NAP … and WILPF’s engagement at the inaugural Civil Society Dialogue at the ANU on 16 April 2013.  This will be emailed to you separately.  You can contact Jan on or  6241 4212 re any queries.


For further information , analysis and discussion including current problems with implementing National Action Plans including Australia’s see

At the recent International Studies Association’s Annual Conference in April 2013, a group of scholars and activists held a roundtable to discuss the possibility of creating a transnational people’s plan for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security  (WPS) Resolutions.   Currently, there is much cynicism about the ways in which UNSCR 1325 is being implemented, which is in sharp contrast to the hope and enthusiasm that marked the adaption of the resolution.

 Invoking the spirit of  civil society critical engagement which pushed forward UNSCR 1325 in the first place, we reflected upon the need to organise a transnational people’s plan to make recommendations for the implementation of the WPS resolutions. In this blog we summarise the discussion and invite responses from WPS advocates.

What are the current problems with the implementation of the WPS resolutions?

A popular way to implement the WPS resolutions has been the writing of National Action Plans (NAPs) – indeed, UNSCR 1889 encourages states to develop NAPs. But, as one panellist, Betty Reardon, pointed out, NAPs are ‘like foxes constructing a chicken coop’.

 The key implementers of the WPS resolutions have been state institutions who have retained a militarized vision of gender security. NAPs address policies about the integration of women into the state security sector; or about post-conflict development and reconstruction; or turning to a narrow protection agenda which stresses prevention of violence against women in armed conflict, or focussing on foreign policy.

But limiting the possibilities of NAPs to these issues, as Kozue Akibayashi said, avoids the original intention of UNSCR 1325, which was ‘about changing or transforming the very framework or concept of our ways of thinking about what security is’. Full article: and click on ‘Blogging on women, peace and security’

The evolution of a global peace system

The terrible violence in Gaza has had many of us wondering if there will ever be any sustainable progress  towards building a peaceful and just settlement in this region.  For this reason I am posting this video as a bit of an antidote.  It was  sourced from Kevin Clements a dedicated Quaker peace scholar and activist.

Sometimes stepping back and taking a longer term view of things can provide a fresh and perhaps more hopeful perspective.

It was produced by the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation and based on historian Kent Shifferd’s “From War to Peace“.   This slideshow describes 28 trends leading to the evolution of a global peace system.

You are warmly encouraged to send in your feedback.

The Challenges for Participatory Development in Contemporary Development Practice – ANU

Date and time: 28 and 29 November 2012

Location: Manning Clarke Conference Centre, Australian National University

ACFID Universities Linkages Conference

This is the third conference as part of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Universities Linkages, which brings scholars and aid practitioners together to discuss important development issues. 
Participatory development involves including people who are affected by the development process as planners in that process and became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a response to globalization and neoliberal development policies.  It is inspired by the work of Robert Chambers as a way of overcoming the shortcomings of top-down development and the limitations of expert research and planning. Participatory development’s catch cry might be ‘ordinary people know best’. It has, however, been criticized for being tokenistic and not been able to address the issues of top down development and more recently results-based planning. This conference will explore these issues from both an academic and practitioner perspectives.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Robert Chambers: Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He has worked on rural development in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and is currently concentrating on the development and spread of the approaches and methods of participatory rural appraisal. He is author of Rural Development: Putting the Last First; and his latest book is: Provocations for Development.

Prof Gita Sen combines a distinguished academic career with policy advocacy and NGO activism. She is a professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her recent work includes research and policy advocacy on the universal health care, the equity dimensions of health, and the gender dimensions of population policies. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of several books on these gender-related issues. She is a founding member of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Woman for a New Era).

Emele Duituturaga is a Pacific Islands gender and development specialist, academic, consultant and trainer. Emele has served in senior roles including CEO of the Fiji Ministry for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation and Head of the Pacific Women’s Resource Bureau for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Dr. Alan Fowler is an Emeritus Professor at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague and for more than thirty years an advisor to and writer on civil society organisations involved with international development.  Now based in South Africa, his current advisory work focuses on reforms in the governance of international civil society alongside academic initiatives around the theme of Civic Driven Change (CDC), that is civic innovation stemming from citizens and their (in)formal associations.


Early Bird (to September 30): $220
From October 1: $275
Full-Time Student: $100

Conference program here

Online registration here

Event: The Good Fight or the Wrong Fight: Directions for 21st Century Feminism

Anne Summers’ Fraser Lecture – 25 July

Venue: Fred Daly Room, Belconnen Labor Club

Time: 7.30pm, Wednesday 25 July

Entry by gold coin donation

The lecture is open to the Canberra community. Please RSVP to or 6247 4396.

 About Anne Summers: Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States.  She is author of several books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975, Ducks on the Pond, her autobiography in 1999, The End of Equality, (2003) On Luck (2008) and her most recent book The Lost Mother published in 2009 by Melbourne University Press.


About the Fraser Lecture

Originated by former member Bob McMullan, and now continued by Andrew Leigh MP, the Fraser Lecture is a chance to hear a high-profile Australian speak about his or her vision for Australia’s future. Past speakers have included Julia Gillard, Sharan Burrow, Kevin Rudd and Clare Martin. This is the 12th Fraser Lecture.

Event Detail [Australian Fabians Inc].