The International Peace Institute (IPI), the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, CMI, and the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative are pleased to invite you to an evening discussion and reception on
Women, Peace, and Security: The Potential for Transformation
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development
International Peace Institute
777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor
(Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)
As the international community prepares for the 20th Anniversary of SCR 1325, it is time to asses where we are on the women, peace, and security agenda, and how we realize its promise. Despite two decades of women, peace, and security policy development and commitments, women's meaningful participation in “all decision-making levels” lags due to structural barriers, lack of access to political arenas, and even threats to women who attempt to participate in these processes. In efforts to build and sustain peace, there remains a widespread neglect for the expertise of local-level women peace builders, and formal peacemaking efforts continue to be resistant to women's meaningful participation and to women's rights.
To address these barriers, governments and the UN have recently been taking steps at the national and regional levels on women’s leadership, including by launching networks of women mediators and of women leaders. The UN has also launched a gender parity strategy in an effort to address structural barriers to women’s advancement. Transformative change on peace and security will need these measures to succeed, but will also require substantive changes in how the international community approaches women’s roles in peace efforts writ large.
This event will bring together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to discuss the potential of the women, peace and security agenda, as well as existing challenges and ways to address them. Drawing on insights from women peacebuilders, and on research and analysis from IPTI and IPI, the discussion at the event will provide insight into various initiatives at the national, regional, and international level, and will surface questions and issues for member states, the UN, and NGOs to consider as their work continues.