Women in international security: Theory and practice

This 10-part seminar series runs over four semesters at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2018-19, and is sponsored by the ANU Gender Institute and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.

Delivering the Women’s Leadership Initiative

The launch of a new initiative striving to promote women’s leadership in the Pacific has found a key partner in the Department of Pacific Affairs.

Do no harm Bougainville research

Richard Eves’ recent fieldwork in Bougainville advances SSGM’s collaboration with the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) on women’s economic empowerment.

Bougainville young women’s leadership research

The Bougainville Young Women’s Leadership Research report, launched at the State of the Pacific conference in September, was the outcome of a research collaboration between Richard Eves, head of SSGM’s Gender, Health, Social Development and Migration cluster, the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and the Bougainville Women’s Federation.

Negotiating inclusion: a study of women’s participation in the Myanmar Peace Process

In the institutional arrangements specific to women’s participation in the peace process, progress has been slowly made in advocating representation, justice, and equality. Between 2011 and 2015, 7 of 11 peace agreements refer to women’s representation, gender justice and gender equality (UN Women 2015). In Myanmar, undergoing its first nationwide peace process since 2015, the agreements meet gender inclusive criteria with reference to representation, protection and equality. However, representation in the Union and state committees remains far below the aspirational 30 percent.

The WomanStats Project and Database

The WomanStats Project began in 2001, with the goal of investigating the relationship between the security of women and the security of nation-states. To that end, it began an ambitious data compilation/collection effort, resulting in one of the most comprehensive datasets on the status of women worldwide (176 nations, 350 variables, 1995 to present). This presentation will cover our current research projects, and also give a hands-on tutorial in how to use the database and its functionalities. Bring a laptop if you wish.

The First Political Order: Some Preliminary Results from a Minerva Initiative-Funded Research Project

In 2014, we were awarded a Minerva Initiative grant from the US Department of Defense to investigate empirically the relationship between the security of women and the security of states. This presentation will lay out our theoretical framework, describe our data collection and scaling efforts, and present our preliminary (i.e., bivariate) findings.

Women and Development, Not Gender and Politics: Explaining ASEAN's Failure to Engage with the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Mathew Davies, ‘Women and Development, Not Gender and Politics: Explaining ASEAN’s Failure to Engage with the Women, Peace and Security Agenda’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 38(1) 20

Do no harm research examines women’s economic empowerment among Coffee smallholders in the Eastern Highlands Province

Richard Eves and SSGM PhD student, Asha Titus, spent five weeks in July/August in the Eastern Highlands Province (PNG) where they collaborated with CARE International to research women’s economic empowerment among smallholder coffee producers

Changing attitudes to marriage among women in Papua New Guinea

Previous research among educated women in Papua New Guinea has revealed the desire of women in this cohort to avoid or delay marriage (Spark 2010; 2011).   Financial independence from men plays a key role in educated women’s choice to focus on work rather than domestic lives, as well as on whether or not they want to share these lives with a partner.


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