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Practising the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa: A Regional Perspective by Dr Toni Haastrup

(20 February 2019)

Our Global Security Institute will host Dr Toni Haastrup from the University of Kent on Thursday, 28 February at 5pm in the MHL452 Lecture Theatre, Business School. Dr. Haastrup's talk will draw from her recently published book chapter and ongoing work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Booking is not required. For further information please contact

Summary: In the almost 20 years that the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has existed, it has encouraged the centring of gender concerns in the global governance of security. Dominant in the narratives of WPS practice is the impact of the Global North in this area, as we see in the foreign policy priorities of Canada, Sweden, and the UK. The dominant narratives tend to exclude the contributions of those outside of the Global North to knowledge about what the WPS is. A reflection on the role of the African women supported by the African Union in particular suggests Africa as a key source towards a WPS agenda that is transformative. By taking into account the initiatives at the regional level and the role of feminists, African practices of WPS can be re-read not as the outcome of received Northern knowledge, but rather as African innovations within the WPS informed global security architecture.

Biography: Dr Toni Haastrup is Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of Kent. She researches and teaches mainly on the EU's external relations in Africa and Africa's International Relations. Her current research focuses on the regional adaptations of the WPS agenda in Africa and Europe. Additionally, she has a keen interest in the development of feminist foreign policy outside the Global North. She is also Deputy Director of the Global Europe Centre and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Common Market Studies.

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