R2P Centre awarded two Australian Awards Fellowship Grants

Toward a Culture of Prevention: Advancing Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN – 2-16 June, University of Queensland

The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect is pleased to announce it has been awarded an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) Australia Awards Grant to host a fellowship program, “Toward a Culture of Prevention: Advancing Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN” at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Twenty-five nominated fellows from the Asia Pacific region have been nominated to participate in the fellowship program.

A culture of excluding women from political and security structures amongst the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a barrier to mediating conflict and preventing sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) during conflict and disasters, and to ensuring women’s economic and social empowerment in post-conflict settings. Although ASEAN member states have endorsed multiple commitments to prevent violence against women, ASEAN has yet to adopt specific measures to implement the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda into its political-security policy framework, as advised for all UN members under Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).

The purpose of this Fellowship program is to deepen the knowledge and skills to advance the implementation of the WPS agenda. This will contribute to a regional shift from a culture of women’s exclusion to a culture of gendered conflict prevention and societal resilience in Southeast Asia. Through peer-to-peer and intra-regional knowledge exchange and policy dialogue on concrete measures to strengthen the protection and participation of women in governance, judicial and security institutions, the program will advance the priority development area of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Research Fellowship awarded to Dr. Ma Lourdes Veneración-Rallonza


A second Australian Award Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Ma. Lourdes Veneración-Rallonza to conduct intensive research to develop policy proposals on strengthening ASEAN mechanisms for the protection of women and girls. This research fellowship aims (1) to map current initiatives in Southeast Asia countries on women, peace and security (WPS), and (2) to provide concrete policy recommendations for regional mechanisms to enhance women’s protection and participation in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building activities. The fellowship will also include an opportunity for Dr. Rallonza to present her research to a major international conference, and to network with Australian and international experts in this research area.

Ateneo de Manila University nominated Dr. Ma. Lourdes Veneración-Rallonza based on her expertise on Women, Peace and Security, and her role in advancing curriculum and training in this area. Dr. Rallonza serves as a consultant to the Office of the Presidential Peace Process and on the implementation of the Philippine National Action Plan on WPS. She has also been actively engaged in training Philippine armed forces on the WPS NAP and on gender-sensitive conflict analysis, and will serve as the lead consultant to the Philippine Representative to AICHR in exploring strategies to strengthen AICHR’s protective mandate for women and girls in the region. Because of these important roles and Dr. Rallonza’s longstanding commitment and extensive experience in applying her research to developing and implementing concrete policy recommendations for preventing violence against women and girls in conflict settings, she is an ideal candidate for an intensive research fellowship program.

For further details about the AAF, contact: Carolina Caliaba Crespo, Centre Manager
Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect: F: +61-7-3346 6445, Email: r2pinfo@uq.edu.au

Author: protectiongateway

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