MA graduate Magdalena Howland publishes article in NATO essay series

An article by POLIS MA graduate Magdalena Howland, 'Harnessing the Power of Women in NATO: An Intersectional Feminist Perspective of UNSCR 1325', has been included in a NATO essay series publication.

In Spring 2020, while studying for a taught masters in International Relations in POLIS, Magdalena Howland invested some of her own time in writing an article which has now been published in the NATO essay series ‘Women, Peace and Transforming Security’.

On her article, 'Harnessing the Power of Women in NATO: An Intersectional Feminist Perspective of UNSCR 1325', Magdalena writes:

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), it is clear that the resolution has been pivotal in emphasising the importance of women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution. Despite this, progress can still be made. With the increased prominence of intersectional feminism, simply advocating for women’s increased participation is not enough. Through drawing on examples from the British Military and NATO Mission Iraq, this essay argues that only through adopting an intersectional approach to the implementation of UNSCR 1325, can women be fully involved in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and subsequent peacebuilding.”

Dr Lata Narayanaswamy was the Dissertation Supervisor for Magdalena, who did her dissertation in partnership with the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. Dr Narayanaswamy commented, “I am thrilled to see Magdalena’s contribution to this NATO report. It is the pride we all feel when our students go out into the world and use their learning to advance our shared understanding of key global challenges, and knowing that we had some small part in supporting tomorrow’s changemakers.”

The full article by Magdalena can be found in the NATO publication (pages 19 – 21)