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In partnership with women

Equal Power – Lasting Peace Conference - 11 October 2012

11 October 2012

Speaking at the Conference ‘Equal Power – Lasting Peace’ DSG Helga Schmid reaffirmed the EU commitment to support UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security:

“Women are powerful agents for peace (…) The engagement and support of women raises the chances for building a peace that lasts. The EU concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities has set a policy goal of promoting the representation of women and the availability of adequate resources for dedicated mediation gender expertise from an early stage of mediation processes onward (…)

In September 2012, EU jointly with US and 11 countries co-founded the Equal Futures Partnership: Enhancing Women’s political participation and Economic Empowerment where we pledged to contribute to promoting women's equal and full participation in peace negotiations and peace building (…)

It is not just a women’s issue. It is a human rights issue. We all gain if women’s equal participation is assured.”

The Conference took place at the European Parliament and was the final event of a project implemented by Kvinna til Kvinna on women and conflict resolution supported by the Instrument for Stability.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 stresses that equal participation of men and women in peace processes is essential to achieving lasting peace. Twelve years after its adoption, women are still vastly underrepresented in peace and reconstruction processes. Participants discussed these issues and exchanged opinions on the challenges to turn theory into practice and policy into implementation.

More info on peace mediation support and the project is available from the Conflict Prevention, Peace Building and Mediation Instruments Division ( and Stability Instrument Operations ( as well as at the following links:

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