Women, peace and security events co-organized by UN Women

Enhancing Partnerships for Increased Women’s Participation and Influence in Peace Processes: Towards an Alliance of Regional Women Mediators Networks

When: 23 October, 9-11 a.m.
Where: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, NY
Sponsors: UN Women, The Permanent Delegation of Egypt and organized by FEMWISE,Nordic Women Mediators Network, Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, and WomenMediators across the Commonwealth
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enhancing-partnerships-for-womens-participation-in-peace-processes-tickets-51337336355

The need to increase the number of women who participate in peace processesis acknowledged by most international and national actors. In response, Member States and regional organisations are establishing networks of women mediators. These networks, constitute a pool of highly qualified women mediators and mediation practitioners, who can contribute to peace processes. The panel members will discuss their recent experiences with mediation processes, conflict prevention and promoting women’s participation, for instance in the Great Lakes and in Syria.

Leadership from the Ground Up: Local Women’s Perspectives on Sustaining Peace

When: 24 October, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Conference Room 6, UN Headquarters, NY
Sponsors: UN Women, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), UN Women, UN Peacebuilding Office and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone and other Member State Permanent Missions to the UN.
RSVP: dinah@gnwp.org before October 22nd (and by 12PM on October 19 if you need a UN pass)

Peace is not a project – it is a long-term undertaking, a culture, and a way of life. To inform the operationalization of the new Sustaining Peace agenda, GNWP conducted a global research on what “sustaining peace” means to women’s civil society. During this panel discussion, GNWP will key findings of the research, which reached over 1,000 women in more than 40 countries. Women from Canada, the Philippines, South Sudan and Syria will also share their perspectives, reflections and recommendations.

#MakingWomenCount: Where We Stand on Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peace Processes

When: 24 October, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m.
Where: Ireland Missions To the United Nations, 885 2nd Avenue, Floor 19
Sponsors: UN Women, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), UN Women, UN Peacebuilding Office and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone and other Member State Permanent Missions to the UN.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/makingwomencount-tickets-51349336247

A lunch-time dialogue on approaches and strategies for women’s meaningful participation in efforts to resolve conflict, negotiate peace and implement peace agreements. The report of the UN Women Expert Group Meeting 2018 will be launched at this event. UN Women’s two-day, Expert Group Meeting on “Women’s meaningful participation in negotiating peace and the implementation of peace agreements” was in May 2018. The Meeting included women with direct experience working for peace, including as mediators and negotiators in peace talks, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo (UNSCr 1244), Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen

High Level Luncheon: The Road to 2020: How to make optimal use of the upcoming anniversary of the WPS agenda to accelerate its implementation

When: 25 October, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m.
Where: German House, 871 U.N. Plaza, New York
Sponsors: UN Women, Permanent Missions of Germany, Peru and Sweden

The high-level luncheon will be an opportunity for an open dialogue between various stakeholders to brainstorm on steps towards the policy milestone in 2020. The objective is to provide a space for Member States to begin a conversation with relevant stakeholders to plan and strategise. Guiding questions can be as follows:

  • What concrete actions can be taken to accelerate implementation of the women, peace and security agenda so that Member States can demonstrate results at the 20th anniversary?
  • What elements would be needed in a forward-looking policy agenda for women, peace and security that could drive better implementation from 2020 to 2030?
  • How can we improve the follow-up of the Security Council to its resolutions on Women, Peace and Security? What role can the Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security play in this regard?

Young Women Speak Out for Conflict Prevention and Promoting Sustainable Peace

When: 26 October, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Church Centre, New York
Sponsors: UN Women, Permanent Missions of Findland, GNWP, UNFPA, PBSO
RSVP: dinah@gnwp.org

The event will entail key highlights of the Young Women Peace and Security Background Paper by Ms. Sophie Giscard D’Estaing, UN Women Arab States; Davos Style discussion among young women leaders, moderated by Hajer Sharief on young women peacebuilding and leadership roles and the impact they have generated in their communities; Conversation between young women leaders and political leaders on the challenges and opportunities of young women’s engagement in sustaining peace and conflict prevention. Moderated by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, GNWP CEO and finally, participants will have the opportunity to engage in Q&A.