Women, Peace, and Security Program Launch Symposium (The Earth Institute)

Friday, October 27, 2017
9:30am to 12:00pm

Please join us for the official launch of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Program, housed at Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University.

The mission of the new WPS program, under the directorship of Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, is to contribute to a greater understanding of the diverse roles women play in successfully influencing sustainable peace and human security through everyday activism. Through education, public service, outreach and research, the WPS program will advance the visibility and capacity of women peacekeepers and practitioners – domestically and internationally – and codify and disseminate lessons learned from their experiences and participation.

On October 27th, leading scholars, practitioners, activists, and policymakers will convene to explore the possibilities, challenges, and complexities of a global, intersectional women, peace and security agenda.

Graça Samo, grassroots feminist activist and International Coordinator of the World March of Women, will give the morning’s keynote address.

Speakers include:

Elena Ambrosi, Peace and Victims’ Rights Protection Delegate, General Inspector, Republic of Colombia

Leymah Gbowee, WPS Executive Program Director and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

Allison Julien, Dorthy Bolden Fellow/ We Dream in Black Organizer, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance

Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, Founder of Cities Thrive Coalition

Alaa Murabit, Phase Minus One Executive Director, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, and Global Sustainable Goals Advocate

Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

Joni Seager, Goldman Distinguished Professor, Global Studies, Bentley University

Gloria Steinem, Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organizer