Women & Peacebuilding
The Affinity Group
Conversations with Extraordinary Women Speaker Series:
The conversations showcase the voices of women peacebuilders around the globe and take place every 4-8 weeks. Women are invited to discuss their work, providing valuable information about new thinking and best practices.
- Fereshteh Forough of Afghanistan. Jan 31st, 2017
- Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda of Zimbabwe. She discussed relationships between peacebuilding, gender, human rights, reproductive rights, and conflict prevention. Dec 9th, 2016.
- Sahana Dharmapuri, the Senior Advisor to the Women, Peace and Security Initiative at the One Earth Future Foundation. She discussed UN Security Council of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Sept 15th, 2016.
- Almudena Bernabeu, International Prosecutor at San Francisco’s Center for Justice and Accountability. You can watch a short video of her discussing the prosecution of Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt in Granito: How to Nail a Dictator here. August 26th, 2015
- Abeer Mashni, Carnegie Centennial Research Fellow, School of Public Affairs, American University discussed “Women in Local Democracy in Palestine: the Reality and the Rhetoric.” May 15, 2015.
- Mossarat Qadeem, a Pakistani peace activist working on the frontlines of challenging extremism. Mossarat Qadeem spoke about PAIMAN Alumni Trust and her work de-radicalizing Pakistani youth by reaching out to the mothers of at-risk young men. April 6, 2015, for a synopsis click here.
- Singmila Shimra, a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at George Mason University and Researcher of the Naga Peace Process. May 2014, for a synopsis of the event, see the Notes
- Palwasha Lena Kakar, a Senior Program Officer at the Religion and Peacebuilding Center of the United States Institute of Peace. September 2014.
Over 30 attendees joined us for a discussion with Kim Weichel, Karen Mulhauser, and Mahnaz Afkhami about the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the role of the UN in supporting women around the world. Kim Weichel highlighted the inspiring energy of the CSW—which convened a global audience of women and men for several days of panel discussions, relationship building and camaraderie on a spectrum of themes, including: economic empowerment, governance, peace, implementation of UN resolutions, and beyond.
Mahnaz Afkhami, founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran, spoke about how the UN provides a space for women across cultures to come together and talk about shared issues. She spoke on the importance for women in the Islamic world to connect around these issues and advocate for change within their societies. She spoke about the WLP and its role in helping women in Islamic societies receive further education and providing support during their education.
Karen Mulhauser, the Chair of the United Nations Association of the USA and past President of the National Capitol Area chapter, talked about how the UN is the only option to globally improve the status of women. She discussed how Americans
don’t understand the significance or role of the UN enough to support it. She encouraged concerned citizens in the US, like those in the room at this event, to be more vocal and advocate for US support of the UN—because without the US, the UN would lose its mandate.
Excellent questions were raised from the audience, sparking a lively discussion.
WPAG Principal Partners:
The Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women seeks to equip the next generation of young, female peacebuilders with the necessary conflict resolution and leadership skills during their formative years, providing them with greater access to peace negotiations and leadership positions in the future.
Inclusive Security’s bold goal is to change the international security paradigm. Sustainable peace is possible only when those who shape policy include women and other affected groups in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict. Guided by this belief and vision, The Institute for Inclusive Security’s mission is to increase the participation of all stakeholders—particularly women—in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflicts.
Peace is Loud is generating a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace. Founded by activist, filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney, Peace is Loud inspires action through media and live events that spotlight women leaders on the front lines of peacebuilding. worldwide.
Peace X Peace is the international organization that lifts and multiplies women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures a global network of peacebuilders in 120 countries.
AfP is also a member of the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security:
The U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSWG) is a network of experts, NGOs, and academics with years of experience working on issues involving women, war, and peace. Inspired by and building upon the international Women, Peace, and Security agenda, the CSWG informs, promotes, facilitates, and monitors the meaningful implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.
If you would like more information about AfP’s Women’s Affinity Group, or other AfP Affinity Groups, contact Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: The Bangladesh Chronicle, and the York University Student Center