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Gender Equality as a United Nations “Sustainable Development Goal”

Building an Equal Society after Conflict

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One-day symposium on the topic of gender equality as a UN Sustainable Development Goal, particularly in the context of post-conflict society.

  • From: Wednesday 19 September 2018, 9.30 am
  • To: Wednesday 19 September 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 9.15 am
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 9, Newton building, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 18 September 2018, 5.30 pm
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In 2016 the United Nations introduced the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), setting a range of aspirational targets designed to eradicate poverty and encourage sustainable peace across the planet. Gender Equality is, in the words of the UN, ‘crucial to accelerating sustainable development’ and so is perhaps the most fundamental of the SDGs - the lynchpin unifying and underpinning all other goals.

The challenges of achieving the targets posed by the Gender Equality SDG are at their greatest following conflict as States struggle to find an effective means of transition that embrace all corners of society. Ravaged by war, societies face unique challenges in upholding effective participation in society for all genders, ensuring redress for crimes committed (including sexual violence) and building institutions that will promote and maintain gender equality.

This symposium will probe and investigate the unique challenges faced by post-conflict societies in promoting and maintaining Gender Equality as an essential component of the SDGs.


Confirmed Speakers

María Carolina Melo, National Gender Officer for Colombia, United Nations Development Programme
Addressing Gender Equality after the Colombia Conflict: Prospects and Challenges

Frances Guy, Gender Team Leader for the Arab States, United Nations Development Programme: Gender Equality in the Arab Region: The Challenges of Legal Reform

Lorraine Smith van Lin, Post-Conflict Justice Adviser, Redress
Finding light at the end of a long tunnel: The challenges and opportunities for repairing the harm suffered by female victims in post-conflict contexts

Jens Iverson, Assistant Professor, Grotius Centre for Legal Studies, University of Leiden
Gender and Sovereignty: Why Democracies Have an Interest in Promoting Transformative Gender Justice in the Transition from Armed Conflict to Peace

Pamela Abbott, Director of the Centre for Global Development and Professor in the School of Education, University of Aberdeen
Women’s Rights and Meeting International Targets: Gender in the (re)Construction of Rwanda after the Genocide against the Tutsi

Meghan Campbell, Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham
Advancing Human Rights and Gender Equality in Legally Pluralistic, Post-Conflict Societies

Hilde Roskam-Dam, PhD candidate, Grotius Centre for Legal Studies, University of Leiden
Standard-setting by the Security Council in relation to Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

Dawn Sedman, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School
Equal Justice? Gender Equality and the role of the International Criminal Court

Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School
Intellectual Property, Sustainability and Gender Equality: Bolivian Anahi Mine Case Study

Lydia Davies-Bright, Lecturer, Nottingham Law School
Gender and Security in Post-Conflict

Location details


Lecture Theatre 9
Newton building
Nottingham Trent University


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