Women & Peacebuilding

The Women & Peacebuilding Affinity Group (WPAG) provides a space to engage with colleagues to collaborate and strengthen women peacebuilders, and advocate for the role of gender in peace.

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.


Upcoming Events

Fall 2018: TBD

April 2017: Volunteering for Peace in Nigeria: Meeting with the Founder of the LikeMinds Project

March 2017: Highlights from the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

Highlights from the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

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.


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AfP is also a member of the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security:






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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 lhume@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.