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We welcome you to this public seminar at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) launching The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security in Norway.

The seminar will start off with an introduction by Professor Jacqui True, co-editor of the handbook and Director of Monash University's Centre for Gender, Peace and Security (Monash GPS). The introduction will be followed by a panel discussion.

Inger Skjelsbæk, Torunn L. Tryggestad and Louise Olsson at the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security have contributed to the handbook. At the event you will get the opportunity to meet Skjelsbæk and Tryggestad, as well as other Norwegian contributors to the handbook. The book launch forms part of PRIO’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.


15.00-15.10: Welcome by Torunn L. Tryggestad – co-author of the chapter ‘Donor States Delivering on WPS: The Case of Norway’, Deputy Director of PRIO, and Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security

15.10-15.30: Introduction by Jacqui True - co-editor of the handbook

15.30-16.45: Panel discussion and Q&A with Norwegian contributors to the handbook:

Inger Skjelsbæk – co-author of the chapter ‘Donor States Delivering on WPS: The Case of Norway’

Kathleen M. Jennings – author of the chapter ‘WPS and Peacekeeping Economies’

Natasja Rupesinghe - co-author of the chapter ‘WPS and Female Peacekeepers’

16.45-17.00: Mingling and light refreshments


Inger Skjelsbæk
Inger Skjelsbæk is a political psychologist with a PhD in psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Professor at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo (UiO). Skjelsbæk’s work focuses on gender, peace and conflict, sexual violence, extremism, identity politics, transitional justice, the Balkans, and qualitative research methods (narrative approaches in particular). Skjelsbæk has co-authored the chapter ‘Donor States Delivering on WPS: The Case of Norway’.

Kathleen M. Jennings
Kathleen M. Jennings is Head of Section for Research and Development at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo Metropolitan University (Oslo Met). She has previously worked as a senior researcher at Fafo Research Foundation, Oslo. Jennings’s work focuses on gender, peacekeeping, political economy (“peacekeeping economies”), and qualitative methods, primarily in West and Central African contexts. Jennings has authored the chapter ‘WPS and Peacekeeping Economies’.

Natasja Rupesinghe
Natasja Rupesinghe is Research Fellow in the Peace, Conflict and Development Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Rupesinghe’s work focuses predominantly on conflict dynamics, insurgencies and peace operations in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region. Rupesinghe has co-authored the chapter ‘WPS and Female Peacekeepers’.


The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security brings together scholars, advocates, and policymakers to provide an overview of what we know concerning what works to promote women’s participation in peace and security, what works to protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence and other human rights violations, and what works to prevent conflict drawing on women’s experiences and knowledge of building peace from local to global levels. Just as importantly, it addresses the gaps in knowledge on and the future direction of scholarship on WPS. The handbook particularly aims to build on the findings from the 2015 Global Study of Resolution 1325, commissioned by the UN-Secretary General.

To read more about the handbook, please follow this link.

This seminar is part of PRIO's 60th Anniversary celebrations.