Queens University Centre for International and Defense Policy (CIDP) Lunch
On December 1st, Day 7 of the 16 Days campaign, a roundtable discussion was hosted by the Queen’s Centre for International Defense Policy (CIDP) and the Queen’s International Affairs Association (QIAA) in Kingston. With over 18 participants, ranging from visiting defence fellows and military professionals including LCol. Jan van der Felsen, Col. Marcus Acosta, and LCol. Alain Carrier, and students in political and global development studies, the conversation focused on two broad topics: how violence and increased militarism has affected access to education in countries that have recently experienced armed conflict, and women’s role in peace negotiations, peace-building, diplomacy and decision-making positions, and how this is linked to making education safe in militarized areas.
After a presentation from Dr. Stefanie von Hlatky, Board Chair of WIIS Canada and CIDP Director, on gender mainstreaming in the armed forces, participants were split into three groups. Each group had 10-15 minutes to discuss the sets of questions that were being passed around the room. Questions ranged from access to education in militarized areas, to female representation in international security scholarship and policy positions. The wide range of questions kept everyone on their toes, and provoked participants to examine gender and representation within their schools, within their governments, and throughout the world.