A confluence of international and regional treaties, UN security council resolutions and national action plans reaffirm the importance women in peace making and national security. However on average, women have constituted only 7 percent of negotiators of peace and 2.5 percent of signatories to peace. This panel of experts from around the world will discuss current efforts in the U.S. and abroad to include women in the discussion of critical topics such as: sexual violence, reshaping definitions of crimes against humanity, and women’s security issues as they relate to the refugee and migrant crisis currently, among others.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis Associate Dean for International Programs, Penn Law (as moderator)
Stephenie Foster L’86 Senior Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Patricia Viseur Sellers L’79 Special Advisor for Prosecution Strategies, International Criminal Court at The Hague
Petra Smutny GL’13 Former Judge, Court of Appeals, Vienna; Attorney, Klanzlei Plaz Law Firm
Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues