Weltfrauentag: Zur Rolle von Frauen in Kriegen und Konflikten

March 8, 2024 | 16:15 – 17:45 Uhr | Lennéstraße 6, Room 4.001

To mark International Women's Day, we are discussing the special role of women in wars and conflicts. While women are less likely to fight directly on the front lines in armed conflicts than men, they tend to be more frequent victims of gender-specific violence: from sexual violence and rape to femicide. Violence against women is repeatedly used as a weapon of war - also to humiliate their husbands.

But women are not only victims of war. They also become perpetrators, supporters, activists and defenders. At the same time, they also appear time and again as advisors and actors in peace and reconciliation efforts, although they are still often underrepresented in high offices and national and international decision-making bodies.

With a view to the current conflicts in Israel/Palestine and Ukraine, our experts discuss the particular ways in which women are affected by wars and conflicts, how the role of women is changing and how they can be better protected.

The event is being organised in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Bonn University Group for Foreign and Security Policy.

The event will be held in german.

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Dr. Enrico Fels 

Managing Director at CASSIS


Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher

Professor of Islamic Studies at the Universities of Bonn and Leuven/Belgium

Dr. Stephanie Winkler

Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University

Christiane Heidbrink

Research assistant at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Bonn


Alexander Weyershäuser

Bonn University Group for Foreign and Security Policy

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