Gender, Integrative Peacebuilding and Emerging Issues

Integrative Peacebuilding is premised upon the notion that a lasting resolution of conflict rests upon a comprehensive and inclusive approach grounded in an investment in local capacities and institutions.  IPB also acknowledges and adapts to the complexity of conflict-affected communities, which are heterogenous and defined by deeply embedded relationships of power.  Gender is one key identifier and determinant of power and control.  While it is increasingly apparent that the inclusion and participation of all genders and the empowerment of women in particular are required for lasting peace and security, it is important to take stock of what we have learned in order to more effectively support deep and lasting behavioural change to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in conflict-affected and high-risk environments. 

The adoption of UNSCR 1325 in 2000 was a historic watershed moment for supporting women’s meaningful inclusion in all aspects of peacebuilding from the negotiation of peace agreements to emergency planning, peacekeeping operations and reconstruction.  The course will discuss lessons learned – strengths and shortcomings – with a retrospective look on these last 20 years.  Drawing on case studies from South Sudan, Colombia and DRCongo, the course will also be forward looking by challenging participants to reflect on new and emerging issues through gendered and IBP optics. For example:  How are women impacted by climate risks and how are they included and represented in mitigation, adaptive and offsetting strategies?   How do public-private, market-driven solutions and/or responsible business conduct include and exclude considerations of gender, and at what costs?  How does access to data and its commodification create opportunities and barriers for women and men in conflict-affected areas?  What are the implications for lasting security?        

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  • Draw on lessons learned and best practices of the last 20 years, particularly since and as relates to the adoption of UNSCR 1325.

  • Learn about new bodies of knowledge, practice and research tools on women’s empowerment in conflict as relates to emerging issues (climate change, public-private and market-driven approaches and the power of data)

  • Examine how these lessons learned, best practices and new knowledge can be adapted to the needs of practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

  • Explore opportunities for collaboration between practitioners, policy makers and researchers committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

  • Government departments such as, Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, NGO / IO communities and Faith-based NGO

Joanne Lebert joined IMPACT in 2011 and leads our work to improve how natural resources are managed where security and human rights are at risk. Her work has focused on contributing to responsibly-sourced, conflict-free minerals and she has helped Central African governments launch and implement a regional strategy to tackle conflict minerals. Joanne is a policy advisor, frequent guest speaker, and trainer to policymakers, private sector representatives, and civil society organizations.

Previously, Joanne was based at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre. She focused on gender-based violence in conflict settings in Africa and how it is impacted by the extractives industry. She was also Deputy Director of the Canadian non-profit, Peacebuild, where she worked to strengthen Canadian foreign policy options and practice. She carried out anthropological fieldwork for her doctoral studies in Namibia and Angola and was a Visiting Fellow in Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. She has lectured at Carleton University and worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, Amnesty International, and CARE International in Zambia.

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