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.

Latest event

Title Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP Missions: Where does the EU stand?
Date Wednesday 27 September 2017
Time 13:00-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


Human rights, the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda and gender equality are key elements to ensure human security. They are increasingly taken into account in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.  In the ‘CFSP Report – Our priorities in 2017’, the EU and its Member States committed to continue ‘promoting the integration of a gender perspective in the analysis, planning and conduct and the strategic reviews of CSDP operations and missions’. Yet, CSDP has been a particularly difficult area for the EU to implement human rights and gender mainstreaming.

In order to take stock and to provide recommendations on how to overcome these difficulties, the European External Service’s (EEAS) Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) conducted a baseline study on integrating human rights and gender into the EU’s CSDP between 2015 and 2016. It is the first time such a comprehensive exercise has been undertaken and made available to the public.

In this brown bag lunch discussion, Taina Jarvinen, Policy Officer on Human Rights and Gender within CMPD, will present the main conclusions of the baseline study and provide her insights on the early implementation of its recommendations.

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that places are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Lorenzo Conti by Friday 22 September if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


11/09/2017: World Bank Syria report: ‘The Toll of War: Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria’ (Saroj Kumar Jha and Harun Onder, the World Bank)


11/07/2017: Navigating the risks in Counter-terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism: Insights from Kenya and Tunisia (Larry Attree, Amine Ghali, Thomas Nyagah and Kloé Tricot O’Farrell, Safeworld)


28/06/2017: Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP missions: the cases of EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger (Róisín Drury Tully, EUCAP Sahel Mali, and Anna Lazzari, EUCAP Sahel Niger)

27/06/2017: The EU and conflict prevention in Jordan: Presentation of CSDN Discussion Paper 11 (Laura Davis, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office)

13/06/2017: Looking towards Burundi’s future: how to build peace and navigate the “new normal”? (Floride Ahitungiye, Search for Common Ground)

06/06/2017: Current conflict dynamics in the ethnic states in Myanmar and possible scenarios for the future (Tereza Grünvaldová, Search for Common Ground)


23/05/2017: Border security in Tunisia: what does a peacebuilding approach look like? (Mariam Abdel Baky, International Alert)


26/04/2017: Shrinking space for civil society in the Western Balkans: a perspective from women’s rights organisations (Women human rights defenders from Voice Against Violence and Rights for All)


26/01/2017: République centrafricaine: quelles motivations pour les membres des groupes armés non-étatiques? (M. Younissa Bohari, ONG Konfluence et Felix Colchester, Conciliation Resources)

17/01/2017: The gender impact of EU missions in the Western Balkans: Insights from everyday practice (Dr Ken McDonagh and Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana, Dublin City University)

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