Jan 2015 – Dec 2018
Since 2012, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA), in collaboration with PRIO and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in Finland, has organized High-Level Seminars on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes. The purpose of these seminars is to train high-level UN personnel involved in peace mediation on how to become more gender sensitive – understood both as including more women in peace processes and/or integrating women's interests in relevant peace agreements and strategies for peacebuilding. One central theme in these meetings is religious and cultural challenges.
The aim of this study is to select a set of high-level peace mediators and analyze their work, their strategies, achievements and set-backs in the field of gender equality and women's empowerment in relation to cultural and religious challenges.
The methodological approach in this study includes: