16 April 2018
SOAS's Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) awarded the inaugural Bertha Lutz Prize for Women in Diplomacy to Profesor Ann Towers of the University of Gothenburg during the 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) conference in San Francisco earlier this month.
The prize was presented by CISD's Ashley Cox for Ann's standing article dedicated to the role women have played in diplomacy. Her publications incorporate titles such as - Where Are the Female Ambassadors? Gender and Status Hierarchies in Ambassador Postings and Gender, Status, and Ambassador Appointments to Militarized and Violent Countries.
The Bertha Lutz Prize was first announced in May 2017 as a joint partnership between CISD and ISA to award £1000 to a scholar for conducting the highest quality public writing and research on women in diplomacy.
In 1945 Dr. Berta 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.
Fatima Sator and Elise Dietrichson are the SOAS Research Associates behind the "Women and the UN Charter" project, which involved researching the origins of gender equality in the UN.