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WPP' WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS' FORUM LONDON EDITION

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WPP Women peacebuilders Forum- LONDON EDITION

Come and join us in the 1ST Edition of WPP's 'Women Peacebuilders' Forum', organised by the ''United Women for Peace initiative.

Women for Peace and Participation (WPP) believes it is an important time to take stock of the international agenda on women, peace and security, and to build the political will for the necessary changes to policies and practices to enable the active participation of women in peace and security at local, national and international level. WPP launched its ‘United Women for Peace Initiative’ in April 2017 and this forum is the first in our series’.

Our experience demonstrates that women are more likely to participate meaningfully in specific peacebuilding contexts when they operate in coalitions of international and domestic networks, highlighting their role in peace process and lobbying for including their voice in decision making. We will engage women peacebuilders from all fields of life whose work directly and indirectly impacts social pacification. Women in politics, civil society and professional women members of the diaspora communities, possessing skills and first-hand experience and able to leave higher impact.

Seventeen years since the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, the women, peace and security agenda has become even more critical in the face of violent extremism, rising violence and failing states; especially the importance of women as active participants in the prevention and resolution of war. Yet, despite the many achievements of women at local and national levels, women's participation at all levels of formal and informal peacebuilding remains low.


Under the theme ''Women Peacebuilders' forum in this workshop we are bringing together women peacebuilders from various countries and regions living in the UK as part of the diaspora community. This particular one day event aims to share experiences and lessons learnt. A shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities women encounter in various fiels of life in the conflict and post conflict situations is required. This particular workshop will also provide basis to innitiatie reviewing how UNSCR 1325 enhances the effectiveness of women in diaspora groups in peace processes, and, in countering violent extremism at the community level - to help guide future research and policy initiatives.

Speakers:

1) Quhramaana Kakar, from Afghanistan is the founder of Women for Peace and Participation. She is an award winning Peace Activist and development practitioner with special focus on women's empowerment and leadership building, and their participation in political procceses.

2) Indira is the founder and director of Chrysalis Family Futures – a social enterprise that stands for protection and empowering of human and socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalised families and children. She is also the founder of the Migrant Entrepreneurs International. She is also member of WPP' United Women for Peace initiative.

3) Rahaf, Syra is an academic and researcher, her area of research is peacebuilding and gender. She is also member of WPP' United Women for Peace initiative.

4) Representative of the ABColumbia (TBC)

5) Marwa Baabad, from Yemen is fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE. She is human rights activiist with extensive expereince and knowledge of women and peacebuilding at the grassroots level in Yemen.

Chair: Leah Basel, is Associate professor at the University of Liesecter and writer. Leah's migration work focuses on gender and migration, particularly the politics of refugee women's integration.

Workshops will be facilitated by internal and external participants, including GAPS (TBC)

WORKSHOP 1:

WOMEN'S ROLE IN PEACE PROCESSES, RESEARCH AND POLICY ON PEACEBUILDING AND PEACE MAKING PROCESSES

WORKSHOP 2

WOMEN'S ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE PEACE PROCESSES (i.e education, campagining, networking, lobbying)

It is an unique opportunity for women from all diaspora groups to come together and raise their voice!

Please indicate the workshop you wish to join when registering for this event.


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