United Nations (UN)

High Level Event on Women in Conflicts

19/09/2021 - 22:58

21 September 2021, New York - High Level Event on Women in Conflicts

Women are often at the front lines. Whether it is in the role of human rights defender, political activist, health worker, reporter or peacebuilder: women contribute substantially to conflict prevention and resolution.


From Afghanistan, to Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Belarus or Colombia, women are leading movements for justice, accountability and peace, and they play a key role in rebuilding their communities. There is evidence showing that women’s participation in peace processes contributes to more durable and resilient peace after conflict.


Yet, women remain largely excluded from matters related to peace and security. Women represent only 6% of signatories of major peace processes worldwide, and only 22% of peace agreements include gender equality provisions.


Speakers will include:

Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, Iraq

Fawzia Koofi, First Woman Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Afghanistan

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia

Shahrzad Koofi, Daugther of Fawzia Koofi

Fátima Muriel, President of Alianza de Organizaciones de Mujeres "Tejedoras de Vida", Colombia

Micheál Martin, Taoiseach of Ireland

Kristen Bell, Actress and Activist

Dima Moussa, Member of the Syrian Constitutional Committee

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden

Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Dr Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, gynaecologist, DRC

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria

Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium

Pramila Patten, Executive Director a.i. of UN Women

Moderator: Stéphanie Fillion, UN Correspondent and journalist specialising in international affairs

The event will reaffirm the commitments of world leaders to the protection of women and girls in conflict and to their full, equal and meaningful participation. Heads of State and Government will be invited to take concrete and robust actions to end conflict-related gender-based violence and to support the roles of women in shaping peace processes.





New York
United States of America