The lead story in this issue of the GPS Update is an interview with Julieta Lemaitre, Associate Professor of Law at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and PRIO Global Fellow, about a project studying the political and legal mobilisation of women’s organisations in Colombia. In this issue you can also read about another PRIO Global Fellow, Heidi Hudson, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, who visited PRIO during the first week of June. As usual, the GPS Update also gives you an update on relevant seminars, reports and policy briefs, as well as a list of publications which might be of interest to our readership.

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The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is an electronic newsletter launched by PRIO’s Gender Research Group in response to growing interest among the public for information about women, peace and security issues. The newsletter will keep readers informed of the latest developments both internationally and in Norway in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have views to share or ideas/suggestions for forthcoming issues. For any queries regarding the GPS, contact Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen ( or Torunn L. Tryggestad (