Reflecting the growing partnership between NUI Galway and the Mary Robinson Centre (Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland), NUI Galway is pleased to host a timely international symposium to bring together leading practitioners, academics and researchers who are concerned with promoting women’s leadership, equality and human rights; conflict resolution and lasting peace; and sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region. Following almost two decades of recurring conflict, affecting East DRC in particular, a new Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and Region was agreed by the DRC and neighbouring countries on February 24, 2013. In May 2013, Mary Robinson was appointed UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General to the Great Lakes Region with a wide-ranging mandate to support and encourage signatories to implement the Framework. The conflict in the DRC has resulted in the loss of up to five million lives; hundreds of thousands of mostly women and children have been subjected to sexual and gender based violence; and the social fabric and economic infrastructure of the country have been severely corroded. Emerging from such a conflict presents massive and complex challenges. At the end of the first year of the mandate of the UN Special Envoy, this symposium offers a space in which to explore particular aspects of the challenges involved, with a principal focus on women’s leadership and participation in the implementation of the Framework at every level. In doing so, the symposium seeks to make an important contribution to current understanding and the direction of future research in the field.
The symposium is being organised by the Centre for Global Women’s Studies, NUI Galway in collaboration with the Georgetown Institute on Women, Peace and Security, Washington DC.
Note: Most of the symposium will be conducted through English with French/English interpretation services.
All participants and presenters are asked to register and pay online. The registration fee covers access to all sessions, the opening reception (Jul 1), lunch & breaks (Jul 2), and reports and materials.
A reduced fee is available to students and others with similar economic constraints. To request the reduced fee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before registering.