October 22, 2021 @ 13:15 – October 22, 2021 @ 15:00

WHAT: The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to a virtual policy forum entitled “Where are the Women? Staying Curious about Gender in International Security.” The discussion will address women’s experiences in international security and explore ways to overcome structural gender inequalities in arms control and disarmament, mediation, and peacekeeping.

Starting with the question “where are the women?”, initially posed by Cynthia Enloe more than three decades ago, this event will gather insights from researchers and practitioners working to better understand the multiple roles that women play in international security. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the experiences of women across the broad international security field, including the main barriers they face, as well as existing policies and practices advancing inclusivity.

WHEN & WHERE: Friday 22 October 2021, from 13.15 to 15.00 EDT (New York time) | online


Opening Remarks by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President and CEO, IPI


  • Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Professor at Clark University
  • Ambassador Don Steinberg, Executive Director, Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace and Security, and Expert Adviser to the Administrator, US Agency for International Development
  • Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, Fellow with the GCSP and former Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva
  • Lt. Col. Lausanne Nsengimana Ingabire, Gender Advisor, United Nations Office of Military Affairs

Closing Remarks by Dr. Cécile Aptel, Deputy Director, UNIDIR

This side event is co-sponsored by Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, Namibia, Norway, the Philippines and Sweden.