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What does women’s economic empowerment mean in a capitalist system? And how can war and conflict be prevented through women’s participation? The UN and World Bank came together in 2017 to develop a joint agenda to promote long-term conflict prevention given the substantially negative effects of conflict on development (World Bank 2011). At the same time, gender, peace and security research has revealed how the political economy of gender inequality can exacerbate and fuel conflict and its recurrence. This talk brings together the focus on women's economic empowerment and conflict prevention at the global level. It challenges the narrow conceptualisation of economic empowerment particularly with respect to transitional and conflict-affected societies and considers what kind of gender-sensitive models of development might deliver both inclusive economies and enduring peace.

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Date 29 May 2018
Time 15:30 - 17:00

About the lecturer

Jacqui True is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security ( She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. Her current research is focused on three areas of relevance to the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda: Understanding the political economy of violence against women in war and peace; Examining the gender dimensions and women's roles in recruitment, support for and prevention of violent extremism and; Analysing gender-sensitive peace agreements and their impact on women's participation after conflict. This research is funded by the United Nations, Australian Research Council, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Her book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford, 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights, the British International Studies Association International Political Economy book prize in 2013, and the 2015 biennial Australian Political Science Association’s Carole Pateman book prize. She recently edited the volume Scandalous Economics: The Politics of Gender and Financial Crises (Oxford, 2016) with Aida Hozić and is co-editor with Sara Davies of The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (2018).


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.

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