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Women in national security

Most of these interviews were recorded on the sidelines of the Women and National Security Conference hosted by the ANU National Security College on 4-5 April 2017.

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.

It was the first conference in Australia of this kind and scope, bringing together participants from the breadth of the national security community in government, private sector, academia, the diplomatic corps and NGOs here and overseas.

You can watch the recordings of most sessions here:


Security in the Asia-Pacific: a French perspective

Women, peace and security – a conversation on the UN agenda with Amanda McIntyre

Amanda McIntyre, First Assistant Secretary at the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, talks to Dessi Gancheva about the Women, Peace and Security agenda. They discuss the implementation Australia’s first National Action Plan to address these issues, which is coming to the end of its life, and the challenges and opportunities for the second action plan, now under development.  

Women, STEM and security – a conversation of with Professor Elanor Huntington

Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science speaks with Bruce Luckham on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Professor Huntington discusses systemic and cultural factors that either prevent or encourage young women to become involved in study and work in these fields.


Women as policymakers and enablers in the security of Afghanistan – a conversation with Dr Habiba Sarabi

Dr Habiba Sarabi, Deputy Chair to the High Peace Council and  Senior Adviser on Women to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, speaks with Sari Sutton about the challenges of getting women into leadership positions in her country. She discusses cultural barriers, the difficulty of ensuring that girls receive a proper education, and her roles as a role model and advocate for women in positions as a minister and the first female governor of an Afghan province.


Women in diplomacy and international development – a conversation with Lyndall Sachs

Lyndall Sachs, Chief of Protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and former ambassador to Iraq and Lebanon, talks to Sari Sutton about her long and varied career working in international aid, development and diplomacy. She talks about the advantages that are possible when being a senior female diplomat in the complex environment of the Middle East. Ms Sachs offers insights and advice about the distinct capabilities of female diplomats and the importance of leading by example.


The gender-based peace dividend – a conversation with Professor Valerie Hudson

Professor Valerie Hudson is the George HW Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, the inaugural Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at ANU, and co-author of Sex and World Peace. She speaks with Marina Tsirbas about the powerful role of gender in conflict and peace processes across the continuum from the micro household level through to intra- and inter-state phenomena. 



Australia's national action plan and UN's Women Peace and Security Agenda– a conversation with Katrina Lee-Koo

Australia's National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security

Katrina Lee-Koo is Deputy Director of Monash GPS (Gender, Peace and Security) at Monash University and she is the chief investigator of the Australian Research Council Discovery 'Gender after Conflict'. She speaks with Dr Sue Thompson about peace and security agenda and Australia's national action plan addressing gender equality in a multicultural society.

Violence againts women and international courts and tribunals challenges – a conversation with Ms Gabrielle McIntyre

Gabrielle McIntyre is the Chef de Cabinet to the President of the International Residual Machanism for Criminal Tribunals and was previously Chef de Cabinet to four consecutive Presidents of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She speaks with Dr Sue Thompson about women, violence and conflict and the role of international courts and tribunals.

Updated:  25 May 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College