United Kingdom – 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 is named in honour of Dr Bertha Lutz who was instrumental in the inclusion of Article 8 in the UN Charter, which provides the legal basis for gender equality in the UN system. The importance of Article 8 as a foundation stone in the post-war expansion of gender equality in international society cannot be overestimated.
Dr Lutz’s instrumental role was brought to light by Norwegian diplomat and scholar Torild Skard in her foundational article Getting Our History Right.
The groundwork provided by Lutz’s pioneering endeavours and Skard’s article have been expanded through further primary research and theoretical conceptualisation by students at SOAS’s Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.
CISD’s work has been collected under the research project Women and the UN Charter.