February 3, 2011
Ms. Castleberry opened her discussion by talking about the role of female military peacekeepers and the low representation of females in senior leadership positions within the military. She spoke about the lack of gender perspectives in policy decisions and the importance of the U.N. Security Resolution 1325. This resolution, adopted unanimously on October 31, 2000, called for the adoption of a gender perspective that included the unique needs of females and to support their participation in peace negotiations and post conflict reconstruction. Ms. Castleberry ended by talking about her current job as a U.N. public affairs officer, where she manages media coverage focusing on peacekeeping. After capturing the 300+ students and faculty members’ attention, she opened to floor for questions and was able to interact with several students after the lecture.