Women’s inclusion in peace and security processes, as well as women’s leadership in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, are essential prerequisites for long-lasting sustainable peace and stability.
The Center for Dialogue and Progress – Geneva (CDP-G) is a Geneva-based organization that brings local and global solutions together to address the pressing issues facing countries and societies in a state of fragility and transition, through open and critical dialogue. While respecting and cherishing time-tested and cultural norms of different communities, CDP-G focuses on promoting best practices in inclusive, democratic and sustainable development and peacebuilding. On the first anniversary of the military take-over of Afghanistan by the Taliban, CDP-G organized two high-level webinars in which members of the negotiation team of the Republic, two former EU and US ambassadors in Afghanistan, members of the former Ministry of Peace of Afghanistan, UN advisors during the Doha peace negotiations and members of academia examined the reasons for the failure of the Doha negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. On the second anniversary of the fall of the Republic, CDP-G analyzed the impact of the Doha negotiations on other conflicts around the world. CDP-G continues the promotion of peace and national dialogue through its annual conferences in which civil society leaders, democratic forces and members of the academia come together.
As the world’s largest regional security organization, the OSCE is fully committed to supporting and actively promoting the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and women’s leadership in decision-making at all levels. As a catalytic member of the UN Compact on WPS and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA), the OSCE is also working closely with key international partners, including the UN, to promote women’s effective and meaningful inclusion. In line with these international commitments, in December 2021 the OSCE Secretary General launched the OSCE Networking Platform for Women’s Leaders, including Peacebuilders and Mediators. The Platform unites internationally renowned women leaders, prominent mediators and negotiators in Track 1 peace processes as well as grassroots peacebuilders and conflict resolution experts active at Track 2 and Track 3 levels. Within the framework of the Networking platform, the OSCE launched several actions in support of women’s leadership in peace and security efforts. This included targeted initiatives in support of the women of Ukraine, the Young Women for Peace Initiative focused on empowering young women peacebuilders from across the OSCE and the Women’s Peace Leadership Programme, a one-year mentorship for peacebuilders.
Building on this experience, the OSCE and the Centre for Dialogue and Progress Geneva will organize a high-level event highlighting the critical role that networks play in empowering peacebuilders and supporting women’s leadership and agency in peace processes. The event will also offer the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges faced by women peacebuilders from conflict and post-conflict settings and identify concrete steps and recommendations for joint international actions towards greater inclusivity.
- Ambassador Marc P. GEORGE,
Senior Diplomatic Adviser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Member of Advisory Board Center for Dialogue and Progress-Geneva
Keynote Address by Helga Maria Schmid, OSCE Secretary General
- Shah Gul Rezaie, Human Rights and Women Rights Activist, European Institute of Peace
- Fawzia Koofi, President of the Movement of Change, Movement Of Change For Afghanistan
- Anna Popsui, Ukrainian Activist and Head of the “Young Women Peacebuilders” NGO
- Lara Scarpitta, OSCE Senior Adviser on Gender Issues, OSCE
- Loredana Teodorescu, President of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network and WISS Italy