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UC Planning Faculty Wins Fulbright to Conduct Research in Denmark

UC’s Jan Marie Fritz has won a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies to conduct research related to women’s rights in Denmark.

Date: 7/10/2011
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Jim Berns

Human and women’s rights researcher Jan Marie Fritz, professor of planning in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and a senior research fellow with the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg, will spend this fall at the Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark.

There, she will conduct research related to processes and progress on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, passed unanimously in the year 2000, and calling for improvement in the status of women around the globe with
  • An end to violence (rape and killing) specifically targeting women and girls as a tactic and weapon within armed conflicts.
  • Integration and involvement of women in peace building and conflict mediation and resolution as a means to end and in the aftermath of violent or armed conflict.
  • Facilitation of the equal and full participation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions.
    Jan Marie Fritz flanked by two students, Andrew Juengling and Fati Badjo.
    Jan Marie Fritz, center, flanked by two students Andrew Juengling and Fati Badjo.

The resolution was unanimously adopted because women and children are the most numerous casualties in contemporary conflicts.

Following the passage of this U.N resolution, 24 countries created national action plans to comply with the resolution, and some have recently revised or updated their plans.

While on her Fulbright in Denmark, Fritz will study Denmark’s original plan and its revision.

“By the time I am in Denmark from August to December 2011, I will have already spent some time researching the revised and updated plans in several other countries related to U.N. resolution 1325. I hope to be able to begin to gauge their effects, their contributions to change, the differences among the plans, and how and why these governments set up the revised and updated plans,” said Fritz.

She added that, for her, the Fulbright is a “thank you” for her past work analyzing the national action plans and her work in conflict resolution. She also see it as a real  opportunity to shape the future.

“An award like this is a form of appreciation. It’s also an opportunity to learn, and that’s the best part for me,” Fritz stated.