Building on 20 Years of Women, Peace and Security: The Norwegian National Commemoration of UN Security Council Resolution 1325


Monday, 9 November, 09:00-16:00

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About the event

This event is part of the “Building on 20 Years of Women, Peace and Security” Norwegian anniversary week organised from the 9th to the 13th of November. The 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is marked by an official high-level commemoration, as well as webinars held by civil society organisations and research institutions. The aim of these webinars is to discuss the current challenges facing the global Women Peace and Security agenda, and to highlight the fundamental role of civil society organisations in creating and moving the agenda forward. 

The webinars have been organised by the PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Centre and FORUM1325, represented by the following member organisations; Care Norway, FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development, Mental Health and Human Rights Info, ACT/ Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Human Rights Fund.

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Session 1, 09:00-10:30
Panel with the political leadership of the ministries that have signed the Norwegian Government's Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
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Welcome by Svein Stølen, Rector, University in Oslo
Brief introduction by Session Chair Marita Sørheim Rensvik, Spesial Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Panel with the political leadership of the ministries that have signed the Norwegian Government's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security :

  • Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs 

  • Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of Defence   

  • Hilde Barstad, State Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Public Security  

  • Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development  

  • Abid Q. Raja, Minister of Culture and Equality

Short presentation by Gro Lindstad, FOKUS/Forum 1325, on the role of civil society in advancing the WPS agenda

​09:50-10:10    ​
Questions and Answers Session with the ministers. Chaired by Gro Lindstad

Women UN Police: Experiences from Haiti and Colombia, by Hann Markhus Andersen

Women in the police – Nationally and in UN operations, by Ann Kristin Kvilekval

Presentation by the Ministry of Defence (name to be confirmed) 

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Session 2, 11:00-12:00 
Emerging issues. New voices : An Intergenerational and intersectional approach to Women, Peace and Security. More information.

  • Inger Skjelsbæk - Professor at the University of Oslo, Center for Gender Research. 
  • Marie Doucey - Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding Policy Specialist – UN Women
  • Andrea Ramirez Stangeland – Board member – Peace in Colombia
  • Lena Kvarving – Head teacher UN Operations – Norwegian Defence University College. Former Leader of the Gender Project

Moderator: Gro Lindstad – Executive Director, FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development

Session 3, 15:00-16:00 
Champions of WPS: Norway and Sweden on the Security Council. 
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A conversation between Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2014–2019) and Ine Eriksen Søreide , Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Presentation of research project, by Louise Olsson, Senior Researcher, PRIO

Chair: Torunn L. Tryggestad, Deputy Director, PRIO & Director, PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security.

​Closing and information about the programme for the rest of the Commemoration Week

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