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On 4 and 5 December the European Union hosted the first High-Level dialogue on “Advancing the role of Women in Peace Processes” between Syrian and Yemeni Women representatives in Brussels. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, participated in the closing session of the event, where the women representatives presented her with concrete recommendations, followed by an exchange of views on how to bring those forward.
High Representative/Vice-President said “In both Syria and Yemen, women continue to pay the heaviest price of the conflicts. The women that I met in Brussels today are amongst the most active in their respective countries – politicians, health workers, lawyers, human rights activists; some are directly involved in the UN peace processes. They are doing an incredible work and have an incredible courage. Women can be the best agent for change: empowering them gives peace a greater chance of success”. She added, “Be it in Syria, Yemen, or wherever in the world, the EU has no other agenda than to achieve peace. We will continue to do our outmost to be at the side of the populations and of women in conflict. Once the conflicts are over, our support to empowering women in the peace processes will be transformed into support for their participation in the political processes of their countries”.
Twenty prominent female political representatives and representatives from civil society, including academics and human rights activists, gathered for those two days under auspices of the EU - more specifically the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) - to share experience about the role of women in peace processes, mediation, peace building and conflict resolution. This dialogue is in line with the EU's full commitment to the implementation of the Women Peace and Security Agenda and support to inclusive peace processes, greater women political participation and empowerment.
Images of the event are available on EbS.