Economic Aspects of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The Yale Law School hosted a timely discussion, in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, that focused on the economic aspects of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. It aimed to answer these important questions: How does women’s economic participation shape growth and development? What are the gendered dimensions of war, natural disasters, and state fragility? What is the role of law and policy in ensuring women’s economic inclusion and advancing gender equality?

The featured panelists shared insights from their research to discuss the progress made, highlighted challenges, and identified solutions. The panelists were:

Dr. Jeni Klugman is Managing Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She was previously a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank, and director and lead author of three global Human Development Reports published by the UNDP.

Dr. Smita Ramnarain is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Rhode Island where she specializes on political economy of development in South Asia. Using the lens of feminist economics, she focuses on the gendered impact of economic policies/programs in contexts of economic, social, political, or environmental upheaval and their consequences on women’s wellbeing.

Mayesha Alam is Ph.D. Candidate in political science at Yale University and Research and Advocacy fellow at Yale Law School’s Global Health Justice Partnership. She previously served as deputy director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and has also worked with the World Bank, UN, and OSCE. (moderator)