En/Gendering Foreign Policy

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES), the Kadir Has University Political Science and International Relations Student Club and the Gender and Women's Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University cordially invite you to a conference on “En/gendering Foreign Policy” on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 at Kadir Has University to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day.

The issue of gender and foreign policy is an issue of fairness first and foremost. Women should be represented equally in all fields and foreign policy/international relations is no exception. For far too long politics, foreign policy and international relations have been associated with men and ideas of masculinity that are hegemonic in the West. This perpetuates an essentialist view of gender and does a disservice to both men and women. Perhaps more importantly, the exclusion of women also means that we do not have the benefit of women’s experiences and insights at a time when we desperately seek new perspectives on our current dilemmas. The seventeen years that have passed since the landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security provides a lot of food for thought. Hence this event.

The conference will be structured around two round table discussions. The first will provide an active practitioner’s outlook on the issue. The second panel will consist of experts, scholars, from Turkey, and abroad that can provide their perspectives on the topic.

The conference is open to public. To register, please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/bau6yzoL8bf8u7sT2

Draft Program

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome Remarks

  • Mustafa Aydin, Rector, Kadir Has University
  • Mary Lou O’Neil, Director, Gender and Women’s Studies Research Center, Kadir Has University
  • Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University

09:45 – 11:15 Session I

  • Nadezhda Neynsky, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Turkey, Ankara
  • Martha Elena Barcena Coqui, Ambassador of the United Mexican States to Turkey, Ankara
  • Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Turkey, Ankara
  • Adriana Octavia Ciamba, Consul General of Romania, Istanbul
  • Therese Hydén, Consul General of the Kingdom of Sweden, Istanbul
  • Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Deputy Director General for Security and Intelligence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey, Ankara
  • Mary Lou O’Neil, Director, Gender and Women’s Studies Research Center, Kadir Has University, Istanbul (Moderator)

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:15 Session II

  • Angela Kane , former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Under-Secretary-General for Management in the United Nations, Vienna
  • Ayşe Betül Çelik , Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul
  • Zeynep Alemdar , Associate Professor, Okan University, Istanbul
  • Hille Hanso , Writer and commentator, Refugee Relief Worker, and Gender Equality Consultant and Trainer, Istanbul
  • Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University (Moderator)