Women, Peace, and Security Program Launch Symposium

Women, Peace, and Security Program Launch Symposium
Friday, October 27, 2017 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
The Rotunda, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University


Friday, October 27, 2017

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Rotunda | Low Memorial Library
Columbia University


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 program launch will be marked by a public symposium on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Low Memorial Library Rotunda.

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.

Speakers include:


Graça Samo

Grassroots feminist activist and International Coordinator of the World March of Women


Elena Ambrosi

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



Allison Julien

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


Alaa Murabit

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


Joni Seager

Goldman Distinguished Professor, Global Studies, Bentley University



Gloria Steinem

Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organizer



Leymah Gbowee

WPS Executive Program Director and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate



Chirlane McCray

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



Speaking to Peace: Portraits from Maputo and New York

An original photography exhibition will also be on display


Free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend this event.