The Exchange Fall 2019: Women in Security


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The Exchange

When: Oct 28 2019 - 6:30pm until Oct 28 2019 - 8:30pm
Where: Keoni Auditorium, Imin Center (Jefferson Hall)

How do we better secure our country? The security of our nation is a real problem worth working on and it literally impacts everyone. Patriarchy, inequalities, militarised masculinities and discriminatory power structures inhibit effective conflict prevention, inclusive peace, women’s rights and participation. Ensuring a gender perspective and women’s participation, protection and rights are critical, including in prevention and disarmament, protection in displacement settings, peacekeeping, policy-making and reconstruction. This session will focus on Women, Peace and Security, which is a global initiative to promote gender inclusive strategies in response to evolving national and transnational threats. 

Goals and Objectives:

  • Explore the shift in the traditional understanding of state security in view of its relationship with community security
  • Examine the role of women in: conflict prevention and resolution, peace negotiations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding
  • Learn about emergent peace and security agenda in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity, such as the National Action Plan

​Presenter: Saira Yamin
Saira Yamin is a Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She specializes in conflict resolution, gender, terrorism and South Asian security.  Her writings have been published by the United States Institute of Peace, Oxford University Press, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Nation, Politico, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Friday Times (Lahore), The Daily Times (Lahore), The News International (Islamabad), and the Journal for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi), among others.  She received her B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan, and earned both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Virginia.

Performer: U.S. Pacific Fleet Band
Under the leadership of Lieutenant Kelly L. Cartwright, Bandmaster, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the “Tradewinds” Woodwind Quintet is one of the most highly requested ensembles by local music educators and military event hosts alike. The group’s members have performed throughout Hawaiʻi, on peacekeeping missions such as the 2019 Pacific Partnership deployment to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and for U.S. Embassy support in the Federated States of Micronesia. The group is made up of Unit Leader Musician Second Class Kyle Beltram on flute, Chief Musician (Surface Warfare) Christopher Bourgeois on horn, Musician Second Class Andrea Pharis on clarinet, Musician Third Class Kaitlin Miks on bassoon, and Musician Third Class Casey Knowlton on oboe.

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