EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

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Latest event

Title Mainstreaming Human Rights and Gender in CSDP missions: the case of EUBAM Libya and EUPOL COPPS
Date Wednesday 27 June 2018
Time 12:30-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


Last month, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted Conclusions on Strengthening Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), in which Foreign Ministers once again highlighted the importance of mainstreaming human rights and gender into all missions’ activities in order to improve their effectiveness.

One of the key elements in translating this policy commitment into practice is the deployment of Gender and Human Rights Advisers in CSDP missions.  Their goal is to ensure that gender and human rights are integrated consistently across all missions and operations, which requires constant exchanges with EU colleagues and external partners, including civil society. This can be challenging in certain contexts, especially given the limited resources available and the many requests to which Gender and Human Rights Advisers need to respond.

In this brown bag lunch discussion, Sanna Kaskeala, Human Rights and Gender Adviser at the European Union Integrated Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), as well as Emma Hickey, Human Rights Adviser, and Irina D’Almeida, Gender Adviser, both working at the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), will share their practical experiences and discuss ways of improving the functioning and impact of EU CSDP missions from a gender and human rights perspective.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Colin Cogitore if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


26/06/2018: Conflict Sensitivity: Challenges, Opportunities and Gaps for Actors on the Ground (Maya Assaf-Horstmeier, World Vision International)


22/05/2018: The Inside Story of the Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine (Dr Anna Matveeva)


06/03/2018: Unarmed Civilian Protection: Global needs, Opportunities and Challenges (Tanya Walmsley, Huibert Oldenhuis and Delsy Ronnie, Nonviolent Peaceforce)


27/02/2018: Training Central African troops on International Humanitarian Law – Lessons learnt for CSDP (Cynthia Petrigh, Beyond Peace)

22/02/2018: Reducing Violent Extremism Abroad: What Works? (Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps and Chiara Galletti, International Alert)

20/02/2018: Early action and the Responsibility to Protect: exchange of views with civil society (Ivan Šimonović, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect)

08/02/2018: After the Summit: what’s next in post-Abidjan AU-EU relations in 2018? (Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group)


25/01/2018: Peace and Stability Strategies for the Private Sector in Afghanistan (Rabia Nusrat, International Alert)

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