9 May 2017
The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS University of London and the Diplomatic Studies Section (DPLST) of the International Studies Association (ISA) have together launched the inaugural Bertha Lutz Prize for research on women in diplomacy.
The prize of $1,000 will be awarded to a scholar for conducting the highest quality public writing and research on women in diplomacy. This year’s prize will be awarded at the 2018 ISA conference in San Francisco.
In 1945 Dr Bertha Lutz of Brazil was instrumental in the inclusion of Article 8 in the UN Charter which provides the legal basis for gender equality in the UN system and was central to other mentions of gender equality in the Charter. The importance of Article 8 as a foundation stone in the post-war expansion of gender equality in international society cannot be over estimated.
SOAS CISD students played an instrumental role in highlighting her impact.
Dr. Bertha Lutz’s instrumental role in signing the United Nations Charter was rediscovered in the academy by Torild Skard, Norwegian diplomat, parliamentarian and scholar, in her foundational article, Getting Our History Right (Forum for Development Studies 1, 2008). The groundwork provided by these two women: by Lutz’s pioneering endeavours and Skard’s foundational article, has been expanded through further primary research and theoretical conceptualisation by students and scholars at SOAS's Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.
CISD’s work has resulted in a number of scholarly publications and coverage in Le Monde Diplomatique, a conference at the UN in Geneva and press conference at the UN in New York through the project Women and the UN Charter.