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GENDER, TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND PEACEBUILDING

Marking the Beijing Platform for Action Plus 20 anniversary where women in disadvantage became the focus for international policies

Synopsis
Mass violence across the globe has left large numbers of women as victims/survivors, as well as challenging gender roles during armed conflict and in the aftermath. Approaching the 20th anniversary of the first global women’s conference in 1995 in Beijing, this roundtable symposium features established and emerging scholars whose research explores the tensions, contradictions and potential for women as leaders, participants and beneficiaries of transitional justice and peacebuilding. Commentary will also be provided by women leaders from post-conflict societies and the audience will be invited to join a Q&A with the roundtable panel.

Roundtable participants:
Professor Elisabeth Porter, University of South Australia, author of Peacebuilding: Women in International Perspective; Feminist Ethics; Building Good Families; and Women and Moral Identity. Dr Vivianna Rodriguez Carreon, University of Sydney, currently writing a book based on her PhD thesis on women’s empowerment in poverty and conflict focusing on Peru. Ms Punam Yadav, University of Sydney, who recently submitted her PhD thesis Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective. Ms Kuntamari Crofts, a bicultural Bougainvillean-born Australian who is presenting a youth and women’s perspective on peace, justice and reconciliation in the wake of plans to reopen the Panguna mine.

Facilitator:
Dr Wendy Lambourne, Deputy Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, leading theorist in transitional justice and peacebuilding whose research focuses on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia/Pacific.

Time: 2-5pm, FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2014]]
[[Venue: New Law School Lecture Theatre 026, University of Sydney
(Map: http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/campus.shtml )

Contact: Vivianna for more details about the event: vivianna.rodriguezcarreon@sydney.edu.au or arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au

See the flyer for more details about the event

Public Forum: ‘Anzac – why does it last?’

SPEAKER: Prof Joan Beaumont (Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU) author of the acclaimed Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War

WHEN: Tuesday 5th August - 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

WHERE: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Sydney University

The forum will consist of a lecture by Prof Joan Beaumont followed by a Q&A session. The Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign will be launched at the start of the event.

Entry by donation. Event co-hosted by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) and the Global Social Justice Network. Inquiries: Jon 0418 864 907 or gcpc2015@gmail.com. Website: www.gcpc2015.org.au

Link to the poster

What's Happening in Gaza?

Why? And what can we do about it?

Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Mon 4th August, 6.00-7.30pm

Speakers:

  • Associate Professor Peter Slezak, Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
  • Alma Torlakovic, Sydney Staff for BDS
  • Shamikh Badra, CPACS student from Gaza
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch (CPACS)
  • Suzanne Asad, Students for Justice in Palestine

See poster for more details

The Peace Activist's Journey

Welcome All to our April Panel Session on the theme 'The Peace Activist's Journey'

Thursday 24 April, 2 pm - 5.30 pm, Room 114, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), University of Sydney, Arundel Street, Forest Lodge, Glebe

Our Special Guest Presenter at this Session will be Dr Marty Branagan, Coordinator of the University of New England (UNE - Armidale NSW) Peace Studies Centre - the only other Peace Studies Centre than CPACS in Australia.

Marty has engaged most actively in so many human rights and social justice campaigns it would be difficult to list these in a short e-mail message.

He lectures in Peace Studies at the School of Humanities at UNE, and only ever visits Sydney briefly.

So we are most fortunate to have Marty with us for this truly Special Event !


Paul Duffill, who has a Master of Letters from CPACS, and has been involved in various critical peace activist and human rights campaigns nationally and internationally, will also present at the Session. Paul has presented in social psychology, conflict resolution and human rights activism and Aikido fields at the University of Sydney, the University of Otago, and Erasmus University in the Hague.


Dr Anne Noonan, former President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom NSW and the Sydney Jung Society, will provide a Session Overview and Commentary on the presentations.

Anne remains a Dear Friend of our Community Project team members and UNAA - NSW, especially assisting us greatly in support and advice for the prospect of an ethics analysis initiative - an Intent and Motives Analysis Centre - being established in 1996.


Martyn King, our long-time Community Project team member and campaigner for various causes particularly throughout the 1990s in Australia, will be back with us for this event from Thailand, where he lives and teaches these days.

So Martyn will join us as our Primary Discussant.

We may also have other Discussants at the event.

While, of course, there will be ample opportunities for Open Dialogue on the theme, and contributions from those who attend will be encouraged.


This will be our first Panel Session for 2014, which we are arranging through the truly appreciated auspices of the University of Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), together with the United Nations Association of Australia - NSW Branch, our permanent auspicing organisation.


Our contemporary volatile universal Life Journey requires ever considerable demands on our activists to ensure proceedings keep rolling, and to keep the faith in mutual solidarity.

What is the effect of this on the lives of our peace activists ?

How are we able to truly appreciate their distinctive vital personal contribution(s), diversity and destiny in the context of our ever changing world situation ?

Such character attributes as compassion and passion, authenticity, purpose, collaboration, affiliation, dialogue, equanimity, solidarity, mutuality, respect and appreciation, epitomise some of the many evident facets of such a noble struggle.

LEGACY OF WAR

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) will host a photo exhibition and talk by John Rodsted on the deadly weapons called explosive remnants of war such as landmines and cluster munitions. John will talk about his firsthand experience in conflict-affected countries where he identified the presence of landmines, cluster bombs and unexplored ordnance in Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Timor Leste and Lebanon. His subject is mainly communities at risk, ordinary people trying to survive the horrors of war.

Speaker:
John Rodsted

WHEN: Photo Exhibition: Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 April 2014, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Talk: Thursday 17 April 2014, 12.00 – 1.00 pm


WHERE: Posters of Peace Gallery, Mackie Building K01
University of Sydney


For more information: Email arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au Tel. (02)9351 7686

Ending Hunger in Caring Communities

Most Studies of the problem of hunger in the world have treated it as a technical problem arising from limits in the capacity to produce food. Little attention has been given to the importnace of human relationships. It should be recognised that the likelihood of hunger occurring in any community depends on whether people care about one another, are indiferrent, or exploit one another. In any stable community, if people care about one another's well being, they are not likely to go hungry. This is true even where people have little money.

Caring communities can protect people from explitation, a they can establish local food systems that are sensitive to nutritional needs. Protecting and strengthening caring communities could be an effective means for reducing hunger in the world.
This will be the subject of Professor George Kent's talk on 14 April 2014.

Speaker:
George Kent, Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) , University of Hawai'i, USA

WHEN: Monday 14 April, 2014, 5.00-6.30 pm

WHERE: Room 114, Mackie Building K01
University of Sydney

For more information: Email arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au Tel. (02)9351 7686

Kwibuka 20: remember-unite-renew

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

In April, CPACS will join with the Rwandan Community of NSW to organise two commemoration events at the University of Sydney:

Thursday 3 April, 2-4 pm
Venue: University of Sydney,
Education Lecture Theatre 351
Lecture by Eyal Mayroz –Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
“To Prevent Future Rwandas”

Thursday 10 April, 6-8 pm
Venue: University of Sydney,
Woolley Lecture Theatre N395, John Woolley Building, Science Road
http://lostoncampus.com.au/24790/map

“Kwibuka 20: Journey of Hope for Rwanda”
Address by Dr Charles Muligande
Rwanda High Commissioner to Australia

Preceded by refreshments in the Woolley Common Room from 5.30 pm

Followed by Q&A with
Dr Wendy Lambourne

Deputy Director and Academic Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Prof Shirley K Randell AO, PhD
Managing Director, Shirley Randell International
Founding Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of Education
Mr Lambert Ndakaza
Survivor of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi
Michelle Shaw
Hope Global Program manager, Rwanda Education Project Director
Mohamed Dukuly Facilitator and Trainer, NSW STARTTS


For further information please contact: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au), Wendy Lambourne (wendy.lambourne@sydney.edu.au) or Olivier Kameya (olivierkameya@gmail.com) or rwandancommunityofnsw@gmail.com

'Celebrating Women, Inspiring Girls': Panel Discussion with Q & A

International Women's Day (IWD) is not only a time to recognise the role of women as equal participants of all societies, but also to celebrate women's achievements and the positive steps women and girls are making around the world. Inspiring girls to be resilient to unequal social structures and prevailing gender inequalities is one important aspect of the empowerment of women as equal citizens and leaders. However, in addition to such positive developments, IWD is also a day to recognise the current challenges still relevant for many women in both the developed and the developing world.

This panel of five women practitioners, researchers and leaders will raise these important issues and discuss the situation and future of women and girls in 2014. Various issues including gender equality and justice, violence against women, women's experiences as refugees, sexual violence and post-conflict development will be discussed together with questions about the Australian and international contexts.

On the Panel:
Naomi Steer, National Director, Australia for UNHCR
Dr Susan Banki, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney
Rosemary Grey, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
Punam Yadav, PhD Candidate, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

Moderator:
Kate Moore, Media and Communications Manager, UNICEF Australia

A Q& A session will follow the panel and refreshments will be served after the event.

WHEN: Wednesday 5 March, 7pm-9pm

WHERE: New Law School Annex, Lecture Theatre 104, University of Sydney http://sydney.edu.au/maps/campuses/?area=CAMDAR

Further Information: www.celebrateiwd.com

No RSVP is required and all welcome!!

SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS: PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

The conflict that erupted in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, just two and a half years after its independence in July 2011, has left many people aghast and uncertain about the future of this young country. We invite you to come listen to engaging perspectives on the crisis and prospects for peace in South Sudan.
On the Panel:
Atem Yak Atem: South Sudan's Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting (until July 2013), veteran South Sudanese journalist, founder and editor of 'The Pioneer' Newspaper. Patricia Garcia: CPACS Visiting Scholar, currently supporting initiatives linking the South Sudanese diaspora with the national peace and reconciliation process in South Sudan. Atem Dau Atem: PhD Candidate and researcher on settlement of Sudanese families in Western Sydney, multiculturalism, and South Sudan politics. Moderator:
Lydia Gitau, PhD Candidate, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
A Q& A session will follow the panel

WHEN: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm

WHERE: Mackie Seminar Room 114
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Mackie building K01
http://lostoncampus.com.au/281/map

Further information: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Email: arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au Tel. 9351 7686

MEMORIES OF MANDELA

Mandela

Mandela visits CPACS

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Sydney Peace Foundation remember and honour the life and contribution of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, who died peacefully at his home on 5 December 2013.

We join South Africans everywhere in celebrating the visionary yet humble man who displayed great wisdom, courage and compassion in leading his country in the difficult transition from apartheid through a process of dialogue and reconciliation to a united and democratic ‘rainbow nation’.

On 4 September, 2000, Nelson Mandela visited CPACS and delivered a message of hope and great encouragement, recognizing and urging us on in our course for peace with justice, especially emphasizing the importance of reconciliation.

The then Director of CPACS and the Sydney Peace Foundation, Professor Stuart Rees, presented Nelson Mandela with a Wallabies rugby shirt as a gift to remember his visit to Australia!

For the full article on ‘Memories of Mandela’ by the CPACS Acting Director Dr Wendy Lambourne, please click here

New CPACS Prizes established

On 2nd December CPACS established 2 anuual prizes for outstanding students in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program. The prizes were named to honour the late Gordon Rodley and Cheryl Minks:

The Gordon Rodley Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Gordon Rodley to the creation of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student showing the greatest proficiency in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The Cheryl Minks Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Cherul Minks to the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student who submits the best Dissertation in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

CPACS is currently taking donations to support the financial component of the prizes. Contributions will be greatly appreciated and can be made by filling out the attached donation form and faxing or mailing it to the CPACS office. Donations are tax deductable.

West Papua in the news

Jim Elmslie from CPACS' West Papua Project writes that 'independent monitors would provide a credible probe of Papua deaths' in his latest article "Mine killings put a vital treaty at risk" in The Age Newspaper, August 3, 2009. View the full article

CPACS student wins international essay contest

CPACS student, Paul Duffil, has won the 2008 Isaac Roet Prize for his essay "A Meta-Intervention for the Israel-Palestine Conflict Incorporating Economic and Social Justice Issues".

The Isaac Roet Prize is an international essay contest about the promotion of world peace through economic interaction.

Initially submitted as his final assignment for PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies at CPACS, Paul's prize-winning essay is now available for download from the Isaac Roet Prize website.

CPACS congratulates Paul on this wonderful achievement.

New CPACS Prizes established

On 2nd December 2008 CPACS established 2 anuual prizes for outstanding students in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program. The prizes were named to honour the late Gordon Rodley and Cheryl Minks:

The Gordon Rodley Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Gordon Rodley to the creation of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student showing the greatest proficiency in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The Cheryl Minks Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Cherul Minks to the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student who submits the best Dissertation in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The prizes will be awared for the first time this year, recognising student achievement in 2009.

CPACS is currently taking donations to support the financial component of the prizes. Contributions will be greatly appreciated and can be made by filling out the attached donation form and faxing or mailing it to the CPACS office. Donations are tax deductable.

New website content

CONTESTED SPACES VIDEO PROJECT

The CPACS website has adopted an interesting and educational project headed by independent film producer, Simon James.

The Contested Spaces Video Project consists of a series of 10 minute video talks on conflict issues around the world and is supported by introductory texts, suggested reading lists, web links and images.

Conference photos

  • Photos from the 1 day conference "What Works and What Doesn't? New Direction in Conflict Intervention" are now available on the events section of our website.
  • Photos from the 2 day conference "Iraq Never Again: Ending War, Building Peace" are now available on the events section of our website.