Gender, Pakistan and UN Peacekeeping

12 March 2021

Photo credit: Bibi Raheel

11:00 - 12:00 CET

The turn of the century saw the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations transition from an agenda of traditional peacekeeping to multidimensional peacebuilding. Central to this new holistic peacebuilding model, was the inclusion of a gender perspective in the DPKO's mandates and activity on the ground in post-conflict societies. To this end, the October 2000 United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 solidified the Women, Peace and Security agenda, which was set to be implemented in all peacebuilding missions. 

Join us as we welcome Marvi Memon, former Federal Minister and chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Pakistan’s largest social safety net, to discuss her recent book Gender, Pakistan and UN Peacekeeping, which explores the link between gender and conflict and proposes a gender-responsive agenda to overcome the disparity between policy and practice in protecting women in fragile environments.

Moderated by Diego Salama, UNU-MERIT


This event will take place virtually via Zoom.




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Marvi Memon is a humanitarian, former parliamentarian, cabinet member, and former CEO. Born in Karachi Pakistan in 1972, after schooling from Karachi, Paris and Kuwait, she graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Econ) Hons in International Relations in 1993 and an Executive Master in Advanced Global Studies from SciencesPo Paris School of International Affairs in 2020. She has 27 years of work experience and has since worked for Citibank, been CEO of Pakistan's first satellite tracking company, advised the President of Pakistan on Media Management, the Ministry of Investments, been a parliamentarian for two consecutive terms, an Information Committee Chairperson in parliament, Chaired as Federal Minister the largest social safety net of Pakistan BISP. She has undertaken a guest lecture tour of European think tanks and universities recently. Ms. Memon has the distinction of being awarded the UK House of Commons Speaker Inaugural Democracy Award 2017, the French Officier de Merite award 2017 and Membership of the World Bank Advisory Gender Council 2017. She is multilingual and speaks 4 of the official UN languages and has authored 4 books. 





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