Patriarchal Structures in Disarmament

Webinar 3: ‘Patriarchal Structures in Disarmament’

This webinar on “Patriarchal Structures in Disarmament” will focus on the rhetorics and power structures that underpin the disarmament discourse, particularly with regards to women’s role in an order that privileges the ‘strength and dominance’ of their male counterparts. It will offer a stark introduction to the relationship between masculinity and militarism and how these contribute to the continued existence of nuclear weapons, resulting in the fight for disarmament to become equated with feelings of emasculation and weakness. We will ask our panelists to unpack these binary views of the patriarchy and instead challenge these gendered perspectives that are enforced in the disarmament regime. To do so, we will focus on the importance of intersectional feminism within the discourse and discuss the links between hetero-patriarchy and racism and how these processes have detrimental effects, not only on the women who suffer as a conseqence of nuclear arsenals, but also on the leadership role of women in disarmament.

17th March 2021 @ 14:00GMT


Anuradha Damale

UK Director of Women of Colour Advancing Peace and Security

Anuradha joined VERTIC in July 2019 and is Assistant Researcher on the Verification and Monitoring Programme at VERTIC. In her role as Assistant Researcher at VERTIC, she largely works on: nuclear disarmament verification; building in-house knowledge on space safety and security; and on applying her knowledge and expertise in systems theory and science and technology policy to broader CBRN issues. She works primarily on a project funded by the Canadian Government as a junior technical and policy expert on modelling the North Korean nuclear fuel cycle. This includes fuel cycle modelling, some OSINT, coding and scenario building work. Alongside this, she is the steer for any work to do with space safety and security at VERTIC, and has written for several publications and participated in events in this area.She holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Durham University and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where she wrote her dissertation on challenging state dependencies on nuclear technologies. Anu is currently the UK Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security. She is currently on the board of British Pugwash and a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network. She was previously the Chair of UKSEDS, the national space charity.

Kjølv Egeland

Postdoctoral Fellow in Security Studies at Sciences Po

Kjølv Egeland is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in international security at the Center for International Studies at Sciences Po in Paris. His research focuses on disarmament, global nuclear order, and strategic narratives. His most recent publications have appeared in International Affairs, European Security, and Diplomacy & Statecraft.

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