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The conference addressed the importance of enhancing women’s participation and leadership in national security-related policy and decision making, implementation and practice; women as actors and receivers of national security in the defence and security context, the gender based peace dividend, and Government and private sector priorities in the context of the Defence White Paper, Cyber Security Strategy and foreign policy, in this important field. It was the first conference in Australia of this kind and scope, bringing together participants from the breadth of the national security communities in government, private sector, academia, the diplomatic corps and NGOs here and overseas.

PROGRAM

Day 1 - Tuesday 4 April


8:15 - 8:45am
Conference registration


8:45 - 9.00am
Conference opening and welcome

Professor Margaret Harding, A/g Vice Chancellor, ANU

Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, ANU National Security College


9:00 - 9:30am
Keynote address

Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence

 

 


9:30 - 9:40am
Video message

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, ANU


9:40 - 10:40am
The gender-based peace dividend

Professor Valerie Hudson, George HW Bush Chair of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University; inaugural Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at ANU; co-author: Sex and World Peace


10:40am
Morning tea

 


11am - 12:30pm
Parallel sessions

 

1. The importance of women as policy makers and enablers in peace and security and UNSCR 1325

 

Chair: Dr Margot McCarthy, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and former National Security Adviser

Dr Lachlan Strahan, First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Dr Habiba Sarabi, Deputy Chair to High Peace Council & Senior Adviser on Women to the Chief Executive of  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 'Afghanistan case study – women at the table.'

Her Excellency Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Ambassador of the Philippines to Australia. ' Regional country perspective.'

Ms Leanne Smith, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Visiting Fellow, ANU. 'UN approaches.'

 

 

2. National security policy-making and practice: expertise from the region and beyond

 

Chair: Ms Alex Oliver, Director of Polling, Lowy Institute for International Policy


Professor Valerie Hudson, George H W Bush Chair, Texas A&M University. “The Hillary doctrine and likely approaches under a Trump Administration”.

Her Excellency Mrs Clemencia Forero-Ucrós, Ambassador of Colombia and former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. “The role of women in the Colombian peace process and the post conflict phase”

Ms Amy Haddad, Assistant Secretary, Gender Equality Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “Mainstreaming of gender in foreign and security policy making and practice”

Marina Tsirbas, Senior Executive Advisor (Policy Engagement), National Security College, ANU

 


12:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch

 


1:30 - 3pm
Parallel sessions

 

1. Women in armed conflict and gender-based violence


Chair:  Dr Lachlan Strahan, First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 

Ms Gabrielle McIntyre, Chef de Cabinet, President’s Office, UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. 'Rape as a war crime'.

 

Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo, Deputy Director, Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. 'UNSCR 1325 and gender based violence'

 

Colonel Amanda Fielding, Gender Advisor and former Senior Gender Advisor to the Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan, Australian Defence Force. 'A practitioner's perspective from the field'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. A stocktake of Women, Peace and Security, the impact of UNSCR 1325 and Australia’s approach

 

Chair: Ms Amanda McIntyre, Head, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Facilitator: Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU; and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Griffith Law School.


Facilitated discussion involving civil society, academia, government departments, specialised institutions and experts from Australia and overseas. The session will explore questions relevant to Australia’s National Action Plan and forward work on UNSCR1325:

  • Have we got the balance right between women as victims and women as actors?
  • Is there backsliding on women and security?
  • What are our top three priorities?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?

 


3 - 3:30pm
Afternoon Tea

 


3:30 - 4:30pm
The importance of women as practitioners in national security, including foreign policy (Part 1)

Chair: Ms Gai Brodtmann MP, Member for Canberra and Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence

Ms Frances Adamson, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr Chris Moraitis PSM, Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department

 


4:30 - 5:30pm
The importance of women as practitioners in national security, including foreign policy (Part 2: A focus on deployments)

Chair: Ms Sari Sutton, Manager, Course Development and Delivery, ANU National Security College

Ms Lyndall Sachs, Chief of Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and former ambassador to Iraq and Lebanon

Mr Alan Ryan, Executive Director, Australian Civil-Military Centre

Dr Habiba Sarabi, Deputy Chair to High Peace Council & Senior Adviser on Women to the Chief Executive of  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


6:15pm
Conference dinner (Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia)

Keynote address: Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

 



 

 

Day 2 - Wednesday 5 April

9:30 - 9:45am
Welcome and overview

Ms Marina Tsirbas, Senior Executive Advisor (Policy Engagement), National Security College, ANU


9:45 - 10:30am
Keynote address

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, Chief of the Defence Force


10:30 - 11am
Morning tea

 


11am - 12:30pm
Women and diversity. Better analysis and policy: lessons from the public and private sectors

Chair: Melissa Conley-Tyler, National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Ms Stephanie Foster PSM, Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner

Ms Heather McIlwain, CEO, Chief Executive Women

Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close APM, Deputy Commissioner Operations, Australian Federal Police 

Ms Elizabeth Shaw, Manager, Advisory Services, KPMG Australia; President of UN Women National Committee Australia


12:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch



1:30 - 2:45pm
Parallel sessions: increasing women’s participation and leadership in national security

Senior women share their insights on leadership in national security and foreign policy



Chair: Ms Marina Tsirbas, Senior Executive Advisor (Policy Engagement), National Security College, ANU

The Hon Ms Penny Wensley AC, former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Governor of Queensland

 

H.E. Mrs Naela Chohan, High Commissioner for Pakistan to Australia

 

Ms Michelle Chan, Deputy Director-General, Office of National Assessments; former Australian Ambassador to Myanmar


Ms Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and CNA

 

Increasing women’s representation and leadership in national security related academic disciplines

Chair: Professor Helen Sullivan, Head, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Professor Margaret Harding, A/g Vice-Chancellor, ANU

Professor Michael Wesley, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU


Dr Sue Thompson, Lecturer, National Security College, ANU

 

Associate Professor Sarah Percy, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Queensland; Visiting Fellow, National Security College, ANU

 

 


2:45 - 3:15pm
Afternoon tea

 


3:15 - 4:30pm
Women and the Government’s national security agenda, including cyber and the defence industry

Chair: Ms Michelle Price, Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd

Dr David Kershaw, Chief Maritime, Defence Science & Technology Group. 'Increasing women’s representation in defence science and technology.'

Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Sciences, ANU. 'Increasing women’s representation in STEM.'

Mr Chris Jenkins, CEO, Thales. 'Industry approaches.'


4:30 - 5:30pm
Shaping the narrative on women and national security: media portrayals of women in national security and national security leadership 

Chair: Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, ANU National Security College

Mr David Wroe, Defence and National Security Correspondent, Fairfax

Ms Rachel Olding, Reporter (Crime), Fairfax

 



 

 

Registration

Registration is closed.  For assistance please contact Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624.
Please note onsite registrations will not be permitted.

 

 

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PO Box 6150, KINGSTON ACT 2604
P:  +61 2 6281 6624     F: +61 2 6285 1336
E: WNS@conlog.com.au

 

 

 

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Governmment and ANU.

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The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Governmment and ANU. Main image credits (L-R): iStock; UNFPA/Millat Horiria; AFGE on Flickr (crop); Expert Infantry on Flickr; UNFPA