Despite women’s contributions to preventing and resolving conflicts, they are often excluded from the formal peace process. In the major peace processes of the last two decades, women have only had marginal input and presence. Furthermore, very few peace processes have inclusion mechanisms. Of the 11 agreements signed in 2017, only three contained gender-sensitive provisions. In this panel discussion prominent women from Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen will provide insight into the main obstacles facing women in peace processes today and explore ways forward in their respective countries.
Moderator: Marita Sørheim-Rensvik, Norwegian Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security and member of the Nordic Women Mediators network.
Mariam Safi, director of the ‘Organisation for Policy Research and Development Studies’ (DROPS) in Afghanistan
Rida Al Tubuly, founder and director of the organisation ‘Together We Build It’, and executive manager of the ‘1325 Network’ in Libya
Rasha Jarhum, founder of ‘Women’s Solidarity Network’ in Yemen
Closing remarks: Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
The event forms part of the annual meeting of Nordic Women Mediators (NWM), organised by NOREF and PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event is free and open for all.