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.