Gender, Peace and Security
IMPRI Distinguished Lecture on Gender, Peace and Security by Prof Meenakshi Gopinath
Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC) at IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invites you to IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk – A Distinguished Lecture
The State of Gender Equality
Gender, Peace & Security
Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:
Date: June 30, 2021
Time: 5 PM IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath
Padma Shri Awardee; Director, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP); Principal Emerita, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), University of Delhi; Chairperson of the Board, Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi
Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath is currently the Founder and Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), an initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security, and regional cooperation. She is also Chair, Board of Governors, Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Principal Emerita of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, where she served as Principal for 26 years from 1988-2014. She has been a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), India.
Dr. Gopinath was the first woman to be nominated to the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of India. She is a member of multi-track peace initiatives and people-to-people dialogues in South Asia. She has authored among others Pakistan in Transition, and co-authored Conflict Resolution – Trends and Prospects, Transcending Conflict: A Resource book on Conflict Transformation and Dialogic Engagement and has contributed chapters and articles in several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan, Conflict Resolution, Gender and Peace Building et al. Her interests include issues of human rights and gender, conflict transformation, and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy and the performing Arts. She also headed the Task Force of the SAKSHAM Report of the University Grants Commission that initiated several policy reforms on Gender Equity on Higher Education Institutes in India
In recognition of her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment, she has received several awards including the Padma Shri Award, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education and the Mahila Shiromani Award and the Delhi Citizen Forum Award and Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Education and Celebrating Womanhood South Asian Recognition Award for Social Harmony and International Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009 for outstanding work in the field of justice, Equity, Peace and Progress and the L.M. Singhvi fellowship Award at the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Award of the Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters (Honoris Causa) for significant contribution to the education of women and the commitment to fostering global peace through Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University, Australia, Distinguished Alumna Award, by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi for meritorious contribution in the field of Education and Nirbhaya Puraskar 2017, by OYSS Women for exemplary courage and accomplishment in the field of Education. She was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at, School of Social Sciences, Monash University (2015).
Dr. Gopinath serves on the Governing Boards of research institutes, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate bodies. She also is a member of the Nonviolent Peaceforce – International, on the Council of UPEACE– a UN Mandated University, Asian University for Women, Shri Ram Foundation, Track Two initiatives in the South Asian region, Editor in Chief, Peace Prints- A South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, New Delhi, and others. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship (1996-97) and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Fellowship (1994-1996) among others.
Dr Rina Kashyap
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
Rina Kashyap is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Aung San Suu Kyi Centre for Peace, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR). She was Chair, Department of Journalism, LSR, from 1995 to 2005. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She is the recipient of the Government of Canada’s prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship for her work on Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Her primary research interests are International Relations Theory, Political Theory, Restorative Justice, and Political Economy of Security/Development.
Dr Soumita Basu
Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi
Soumita Basu is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the South Asian University, New Delhi. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Soumita has previously held a Senior Guest Professorship at the University of Würzburg, Germany, as well as the Hayward R. Alker and Mellon postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California and Kenyon College respectively in the United States. She has also worked with Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) in New Delhi and Kashmir.Soumita has published on gender, security and the United Nations in edited volumes as well as journals, including International Affairs, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Politics & Gender, and Security Dialogue. With Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd, she co-edited the book New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020). Soumita is a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, and Review of International Studies.