Queen's Lecture 2021by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE: Blueprint for Peace in C21st: So little done, but it’s not too late
This year's Queen's Lecture will take place digitally. We are delighted to (virtually) welcome Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE, director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security der London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
A Blueprint for Peace in the 21st Century – the Role of Women in Peacebuilding Processes in Conflict Zones
It is now more than 20 years since the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. For the first time, it called on member states to protect women's rights and include women on an equal footing in peace negotiations, conflict mediation, and the reconstruction of devastated regions, as well as the prosecution of offenders.
Since then, authoritarianism and transnational violent extremism have continued to rise, inequality is on the increase, and multilateralism is at an all-time low. The spread of the Covid pandemic and climate change present humankind with additional threats. In September 2021, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres drew this devastating conclusion at the annual meeting of heads of state: "We are on the edge of an abyss and moving in the wrong direction."
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a peace strategist and advocate dealing with violent conflict around the world, this year's Queen's Lecture speaker, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE, will reflect on the political, social, and economic factors that have led to the current state of affairs. She will address uncomfortable truths, challenge conventional wisdom, and offer much-needed solutions that emerge from feminist perspectives in the field of peacebuilding and security.
The Queen’s Lecture will be broadcast as a livestream on Technical University Berlin’s YouTube channel. Please follow this link to the TU YouTube channel.
The lecturer: Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE has been director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science since December 2019 and is an internationally recognized advocate for women, peace, and security. She is founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), where she spearheads the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) comprising independent women-led organizations active in 40 countries, preventing violence and promoting peace, rights, and pluralism.
The Queen's Lectures series
The Queen’s Lectures were founded by Queen Elizabeth II as a gift to the City of Berlin on the occasion of her state visit in 1965. Since 1997 the Queen’s Lecture takes place at the TU Berlin. Each year a renowned British scientist delivers a lecture on her or his area of expertise. The Queen's Lecture is a collaboration between Technical University Berlin, the British Embassy in Germany, and the British Council Germany.