Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar

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The Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security was established in response to the release of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018. While the event supports shadow reporting on the implementation of this whole-of-government policy, it is important we remember that people, not policy is at the heart of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. For this reason, in 2015, the Dialogue included two country specific sessions. Each country specific panel consist of one panelist from the Australian Government, one from an Australian civil-society organisation, and one conflict affected woman.

This podcast is a recording of the panel session on Myanmar. Overall, the purpose of this session is to discuss the current state of Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar and opportunities for Australian policy and programming. The session was chaired by Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer, Associate Professor at Griffith Law School. The panelists were:

Some of this file has been redacted at the request of panel participants.

Panel session: Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar
Panel session: Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar

Women, Peace and Security in Solomon Islands

The Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security was established in response to the release of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018. While the event supports shadow reporting on the implementation of this whole-of-government policy, it is important we remember that people, not policy is at the heart of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. For this reason, in 2015, the Dialogue included two country specific sessions. Each country specific panel consist of one panelist from the Australian Government, one from an Australian civil-society organisation, and one conflict affected woman.

This podcast is a recording of the panel session on Solomon Islands. Overall, the purpose of the session is to discuss the current state of Women, Peace and Security in Solomon Islands and opportunities for Australian policy and programming. The session was chaired by Dr Sinclair Dinnen, Associate Professor of State, Society and Governance in Melanesia at the Australian National University. The panelists were:

Ethel Sigimanu, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs was invited to join the panel. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend on the day.

Discussing Australia’s National Action Plan

One of the aims of the Annual Civil Society Dialogue is to support shadow reporting on the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018. The small group discussions on the day inform the Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. This year, participants in the Dialogue were asked to assess the government implementation of the NAP since the last Dialogue; share their stories of positive change in government, civil society or elsewhere; reflect on barriers and challenges to advancing WPS; and provide suggestions for the government implementation of the NAP.

This podcast is a recording of the small groups reporting back on their discussions and the closing remarks of the day. The small group discussions were facilitated by Dr Katrina Lee-Koo from Monash University. Closing remarks were delivered by Dr Fiona Jenkins, Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

What is men’s leadership for Women, Peace and Security?

Women, Peace and Security is not just a women’s issue. As a matter of international peace and security, it is an issue for both men and women. Many of the government organisations responsible for implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda are dominated my men.

This podcast is a recording of a panel discussion at the 2015 Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security, held in Canberra on 22 October. One panelists was chosen from the military, academia and a development NGO based on their operational and organisational experience in international peace and security. Panelists were asked to share their personal reflections on what it meant to them, as a man in a leadership position, to show leadership on the Women, peace and Security agenda. They were also asked to talk about the story of change in their organisation, and strategies and progress they have made.

The session was chaired by Virginia Hausegger, Board Member of the Australian National Committee for UN Women and journalist for the ABC. The panelists were:

Virginia Haussegger, MAJGEN Shane Caughy (ADF), James Bately (ANU), Archie Law (ActionAid)
Virginia Haussegger, MAJGEN Shane Caughy (ADF), James Bately (ANU), Archie Law (ActionAid)

 

Annual Civil Society Dialogue – 2015 Program

Thursday 22 October 2015
University House, Australian National University

8:30 Welcome
Introduction
& Formalities
Barbara O’Dwyer
National President
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Australia
Welcome to
country
Aunty Agnes Shea
Ngunnawal elder
8:55 Message from the Government
Introduction Marc Purcell
Executive Director
Australian Council for International Development
Government Address The Hon. Teresa Gambaro MP
Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Introduction Professor Richard Baker
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Australian National University
Address from the Opposition The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
9:10 DFAT Address Dr Barbara King
Senior Policy Officer, Gender Equality Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
9: 20 Panel:  Myanmar
Chair Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer
Associate Professor
Griffith Law School
Panel Members Richard Andrews
Assistant Secretary
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Stav Zotalis
Country Director
Care International
Khin Khin Mra
Women’s Rights Activist
Gender Equality Network
10:50 Morning tea
11:15 Panel:  Solomon Islands
Chair Dr Sinclair Dinnen
Associate Professor
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
Panel Members Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee
National Manager International Operations
Australian Federal Police
Jo Hayter
Chief Executive Officer
International Women’s Development Agency
Ethel Sigimanu
Permanent Secretary
Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family
12:45 Lunch
1:30 Panel:  What is Men’s Leadership for Women, Peace and Security?
Chair Virginia Haussegger
Board Member
Australian National Committee for UN Women
Panel Members Major General Shane Caughey
Deputy Commander Joint Operations
Australian Defence Force
Archie Law
Executive Director
ActionAid Australia
James Batley
Distinguished Policy Fellow
Australian National University
3:00 Afternoon tea
3:15 Small group discussion: Australia’s National Action Plan
4:30 Facilitator Dr Kate Lee-Koo
Senior Lecturer
Monash University
4:45 Concluding
remarks
Dr Fiona Jenkins
Convenor
ANU Gender Institute