From 31 May to 3 June 2022, ICAN hosted its 9th Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) forum in partnership with Addu Women’s Association (AWA) Maldives, bringing together locally rooted women peacebuilders from the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) from over 40 countries with other key international actors and policymakers.
In the decade since the first ICAN WPS Forum, we have witnessed rising authoritarianism, violent conflict, and extremisms alongside the failure of our efforts to uphold international standards of human rights and rule-based order. Compounded by the crises of the pandemic and climate change we are compelled to redefine security and rise to these ever-greater challenges. Women peacebuilders are changemakers at the frontlines, taking on even more responsibility to protect their communities, while facing the issues and searching for effective strategies and tactics to mitigate violence and foster peace, resilience, equality and pluralism.
The forum was be held over four full days and included strategic discussions, sessions for peer-to-peer learning and exchange, and opportunities for reflection, care, and joy. The 2022 event was an opportunity to reflect on progress and regression in our field of practice. The forum provided space to highlight the impact of women-led peace and security work and the investments needed to sustain it in these increasingly challenging times. We invited members of the public to join us at Bandos Maldives and virtually for two events during the course of ICAN’s 9th Women, Peace and Security Forum.