What’s going on in WPS? A weekly update (November 30 2020)

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


The global campaign is a call for the elimination of gender-based violence.

Resources are available on the official 16 Days website and the hashtag #16DaysofActivism is very active on Twitter.

‘Go Dutch, eh?’ is the podcast from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada. Each episode focuses on a different theme with speakers from both countries. The second episode in their current season is on ‘Breaking Barriers for Women, Peace and Security’ with Jacqui O’Neill, Canadian Ambassador for women, peace and security; Ella van den Heuvel, Commander and Gender & Security expert; and Ines Coppoolse, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada. More information is available here.

You can listen to the podcast in the usual places, including  bCast or Spotify.

Upcoming international events

Towards a Meaningful Change: Gendered Foreign Policy in Practice

December 4, 2020, 10am CET / 4am EST to 3:45pm CET / 9:45am EST

The Czech Republic embraces international gender norms, but the path from formal approval to gender sensitive foreign policy is rather complex and complicated. This conference focuses on “the day after”, namely on the everyday and institutional aspects of advancing gender norms in practice. What mechanisms, setups, or procedures can contribute towards a meaningful and visible change in the practice of foreign policy?

Further details available here.

16 Days of Activism: Building Back Better from COVID-19

December 9, 2020, 8:00am to 9:30am EST

To mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is holding to a dialogue with academics, activists & government on “Building Back Better from COVID-19: How can we harness the current spotlight on GBV to accelerate long-term progress to end violence?”

Further details and registration are available here.

The European Arms Trade is a Feminist Issue – and What We Can Do About It

December 10, 2020, 7:00am to 8:30am EST

The online discussion, organised by the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation and the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, will reflect on why the international arms trade is a feminist issue, debate the tensions between the EU’s arms export and its commitment to gender equality and reflect on if and how the EU arms exports can be rendered more gender-sensitive.

Further details and registration are available here.

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