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SIB-Utrecht x PAX College Tour: Gender, Peace and Security

Tuesday September 14th. 19:45-21:15. Instituto Cervantes

Uneven gender relations and power balances can be a motive for conflict. Gender is thus an important factor to understand the dynamics of conflict and peace. Therefore PAX strives for inclusive and sustainable peace processes. But how do you strengthen the influence that women have in this process? And how do you bend the power balances and processes of exclusion? Ilse Wermink, policy advisor gender, peace and security at PAX for Peace, will give you a glimpse of the intersectional way of thinking within a peace organisation related to the various issues described above.

Ilse Wermink is the PAX-expert with respect to the field of a gender sensitive approach within the work of the organisation. Starting out with an academic background in Sociology and International Humanitarian Action, what has mattered most for her development, are several professional and voluntary experiences that provided insights in complex systems and dynamics that influence violent conflict. Relevant professional experience include time spent working at WILPF in Geneva and 10 years of programming in Sudan/South Sudan, where she was humbled time and time again by individual and community held wisdom in times of deep stress, hurt and injustice.

This lecture is organised by SIB-Utrecht in collaboration with Peace Organization PAX. The event will be in-person, but due to COVID-19 measures we only have limited capacity. This is also subject to change depending on the governmental measures. A sign up link will follow shortly.