International Women’s Day: Marking the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325

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To mark International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, RUSI is hosting an evening of inspiration and reflection.

UNSCR 1325 was a landmark resolution. It affirmed that peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in the prevention of violent conflict, the delivery of relief and recovery efforts, and the forging of lasting peace.

Leaders from various sectors will speak about their work with the Women, Peace and Security agenda as well as giving personal reflections on what progress has been made and challenges which still need to be met to achieve gender equality. Have we achieved major progress 20 years on from UNSCR 1325, or have we fallen short on the vision of two decades ago? Is the UK a global leader, or are we behind the curve? Through a series of ‘TED’ style talks we will explore these critical issues. We hope the valuable insights will inform policy makers, academics and practitioners working to implement UNSCR 1325.


  • Baroness Mary Goudie, British House of Lords. She is a global advocate for the rights of women and children.
  • Dr. Joana Cook, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Her research focuses on women in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices.
  • Sabin Khan, Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI. She has worked to support women’s groups tackling violent extremism and in 2006 was appointed to the Women’s National Commission.
  • Rahama Baloni, Nigerian Lawyer and Program Management Professional at Mercy Corps.  She has worked on women’s involvement in peacebuilding programs to address farmer herder conflict in Nigeria's Middle Belt, interreligious conflicts and violent extremism in parts of the Northwest.
  • Lt. Col. Rachel Grimes, Ministry of Defence. She is leading on the integration of Women, Peace and Security in UK Defence.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception from 1700-1800. For further information please contact Zivile - 

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