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

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 featured established and emerging scholars whose research explored the tensions, contradictions and potential for women as leaders, participants and beneficiaries of transitional justice and peacebuilding. Commentary was provided by women leaders from post-conflict societies and the audience was 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.

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
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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 - 6.30pm

WHERE: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Sydney University

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

Entry was 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 Website:

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


  • 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

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The Peace Activist's Journey

Our April Panel Session's theme was '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 was 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 message. He lectures in Peace Studies at the School of Humanities at UNE, and only ever visits Sydney briefly. So we were 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, also presented 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, provided 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, came to this event from Thailand, where he lives and teaches these days.

There was ample opportunity for Open Dialogue on the theme and we had some great contributions from those who attended.

This was our first Panel Session for 2014, which we arranged 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) hosted a photo exhibition and talk by John Rodsted on the deadly weapons called explosive remnants of war such as landmines and cluster munitions. John spoke 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. He focused mainly on communities at risk and ordinary people trying to survive the horrors of war.

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

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 exploitation as 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 was the subject of Professor George Kent's talk on 14 April 2014.

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

Kwibuka 20: Remember-Unite-Renew

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

In April, CPACS joined 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

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

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

'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 raised these important issues and discussed 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 were 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

Kate Moore, Media and Communications Manager, UNICEF Australia

A Q& A session followed the panel and refreshments were served after the event.

WHEN: Wednesday 5 March, 7pm-9pm

WHERE: New Law School Annex, Lecture Theatre 104, University of Sydney

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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, left many people aghast and uncertain about the future of this young country. We invited 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 followed the panel.

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

WHERE: Mackie Seminar Room 114, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies