Uppsala Rotary Peace Center hosts Sixth Annual Seminar on theme “Gender in Peace and Conflict"

2019-05-08

Gathered at the 2019 Uppsala Rotary Peace Center Annual Seminar: Professor Peter Wallensteen (left) and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (fourth from left, front row) with Class XVI Peace Fellows (left to right) Masumi Honda, Yin Yin Thatun, Ognjen Gogic, Henrique Garbino, Kaitlin McGarvey, Jasper Peet-Martel, Pedro Henrique Souza, Juan Diego Duque, and Christiana Lang.

Photo: Afaf Doleeb

On 4 May, the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center welcomed guests to the Uppsala University Main Building for the sixth Annual Seminar. The Annual Seminar is organized annually by the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University to highlight the work of the graduating Rotary Peace Fellows.

The 2019 Seminar was on the theme “Gender in Peace and Conflict” and featured Rotary Peace Fellows from Class XVI, who presented their research and shared experiences of peace work from around the world. Soon to graduate, the Fellows reflected on how their experiences as Peace Fellows enabled them to broaden their research and explore new opportunities through academic, work, applied field experiences, and internships. The Fellows highlighted a wide variety of topics in the field of peace and conflict, including their own research and practical work on gender mainstreaming, women’s role in mediation and peace processes, and dynamics related to other topics such as hydropower, global jihadism, truth commissions, refugee experiences, and conflict resolution.

In addition to the Peace Fellows, a number of other speakers also contributed to the program. Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer delivered the keynote address, sharing her experience as chief negotiator for the Government of the Philippines during the Mindanao Peace Talks and signing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2014. In her role of chief negotiator, she is noted as the first woman in the world to sign a final peace deal with a rebel group. Professor Coronel-Ferrer discussed the challenges women face in public work, the importance of achieving gender equality, and the need for women’s participation in peace processes. Professors Peter Wallensteen, Angela Muvumba Sellström, and Magnus Öberg of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research also shared their own research and experience, and reflected on the importance of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program.

For more information please visit the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center website or contact us at rotarypeace@pcr.uu.se. To learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships.

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