What’s going on in WPS? A weekly update (October 26 2020)

WPSN-C members share events, publications, and other resources on our members-only mailing list. Highlights are shared weekly.


From October 22nd to 31st, the, #SHEcurity campaign is celebrating women active in peace and security. The campaign was initiated by Hannah Neumann, a Member of the European Parliament with support from the Allbright Foundation, Munich Security Conference, Southern Voice, and numerous national WIIS chapters.

Follow the account and hashtag #SHEcurity on Twitter and Instagram and participate by sharing a tweet or post on Instagram about a woman in peace and security who has inspired you, and encourage others to share the names and/or pictures of those who have inspired them.


Book launch: The Gender & Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century

Monday October 26, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:15 pm EDT

Hosted by Women In International Security (WIIS) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein, DC

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View the program. 


Mobilizing Action for Impact: The Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:00 am EDT

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The 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in October 2020 and the Generation Equality Forum present a momentous opportunity to focus attention in the next five years towards substantive, positive impact of WPS-HA commitments in the lives of women and girls. The Compact will serve as a unique, action-oriented process to make this aspiration a reality. This event will kick off proceedings on the Compact, announcing those Board and Catalytic Members who have already pledged their commitment to the Compact and the guiding principles of the GEF, build momentum and support for the objectives of the Compact, and highlight opportunities to engage with the Compact and contribute to its success. The Generation Equality Forum in Mexico will host the first meeting of the Compact Board and Catalytic Members in March 2021. The Compact will be officially launched in June 2021.


Roundtable Discussion on the Past, Present and Future: Women’s Role in Advancing Peace in Korea

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, 7:30 pm EDT / 4:30pm PT

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October marks the 20th anniversary of the historic passage of UNSCR 1325, which set forth a framework mandating women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, and remind governments of their responsibility to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, the Korea Peace Now! campaign is hosting a roundtable on the role of women in advancing peace on the Korean Peninsula.


Connecting The Women, Peace & Security And Disarmament Agendas

Wednesday, October 28 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm EDT / 18:00 – 19:45 GVA

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This event includes the launch of the new report, Connecting the Dots: Arms Control, Disarmament and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda from United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDR), the outcome of a research project examining the normative and practical overlaps and connections of the WPS agenda with the field of arms control and disarmament.


 Honduras just ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, becoming the 50th state to do so! The treaty will enter into force 90 days from today, on 22 January 2021.

This is a major milestone in the development of the global norm against nuclear weapons. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard since the treaty was adopted in 2017 to convince states to sign and ratify it!

Historic milestone: UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons reaches 50 ratifications needed for entry into force


Perspectives from Women Peace Negotiators: Marking the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and launching a new season of the Seeking Peace podcast 

Friday, October 30 2020, 9:30 am – 10:30 am EDT

Hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

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Only 13 percent of peace negotiators are women. What is it like to be one of them? Join women peace negotiators from Colombia, the Philippines, and Northern Ireland to hear their stories and reflections on the difference that women make at the peace table. This event commemorates the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 and celebrates a new season of the Seeking Peace podcast, which amplifies stories of women peace builders like Elena, Miriam, and Monica. 


And a job posting from Aga Khan Foundation Canada:

AKFC is recruiting a new Gender Equality Advisor to oversee the portfolio, including participating as member of the WPSN-C. Further details available on their website or on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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