Join The Livestream Of Women and Peacebuilding: Reflections From Northern Ireland In Harlem

March 18, 2024

Join this Columbia University special joint event to reflect on the central role of women in the Northern Ireland Peace process in the negotiations leading to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

Which brought 30 years of conflict in the region to an end—and in the 25 years since.  

The centrality of women to the Northern Ireland peace process, at all levels of society—politically, socially and culturally—is key to understanding how the Agreement was constructed and how its central principles of power-sharing, equality, and mutual respect remain in place today.

The internationalization of that role, powerfully expressed by leaders such as Secretary Clinton during the 1990s, and since consolidated by local political leaders, remind us that successful peace processes represent the diversity of the societies affected by conflict. 


This event, hosted by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in Harlem and Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, will spotlight those involved in negotiating the Agreement, those tasked with its implementation, and the new generation driving forward the dividends of peace.

This seminar will also explore, through academic research, the global role of women in peacebuilding as we look to the future.

This event is organized in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

REGISTER FOR THE LIVESTREAM

Program Schedule

3.19 intro remarks

12:30 – 12:45 P.M. ET

Introductory Remarks

  • Keren Yarhi-Milo, Dean, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Relations
  • Sir Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair

Women Building Peace  v3

12:45 – 1:20 P.M. ET

Women Building Peace

A panel with:

  • Kate Fearon, Founding Member, Women’s Coalition; Deputy Director, OSCE’s Conflict Resolution Centre
  • Baroness Arlene Foster, the first female First Minister of Northern Ireland 
  • Mary Harney, the first female Tánaiste (deputy Prime Minister) of Ireland
  • Monica McWilliams, former Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioner; Leader/Founder, Women’s Coalition
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair (moderator).

Speaker headshots

1:20 – 2:00 P.M. ET

Women and the Peace Dividend: A Global Perspective

Brief Remarks by Karen McCloskey, Professor, Queen’s University Belfast A panel with:

  • Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Founding Member, Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators; former Chairperson for the Philippine Government’s Peace Panel (joining virtually)
  • Phoebe Donnelly, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia SIPA; Senior Fellow and Head of the Women, Peace and Security Program, International Peace Institute
  • Marsha Henry, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair in Women, Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Former Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Women’s Issues, US Department of State (moderator).

Spotlight Interview

2:00 – 2:30 P.M. ET

Spotlight Interview

  •  Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach of Ireland 1997-2007 and cosignatory of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement
  • Meabh Reynolds, Young Entrepreneur 
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair (moderator)

HRC

2:30 P.M. ET

Closing Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair.

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