Hassina Neekzad at Women Peacebuilders: Understanding Current Challenges and Opportunities to Support (Canadian Embassy Berlin)

November 24, 2021

9:00-11:00 EDT / 15:00 – 17:00 CET

Women peacebuilders have a long history of active participation in preventing and resolving conflict. The unanimous adoption in 2000 of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – the foundation of the international Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda – acknowledged that women are not only disproportionately impacted by conflict, but are powerful agents of change, and called for their voices to be directly included in formal processes to prevent, end, and rebuild after war. Despite efforts to implement the WPS Agenda, gaps remain, including: lack of awareness and recognition of the contributions of women peacebuilders; insufficient access to high-level decision-making tables, and; significant underfunding of women-led organizations and women peacebuilders. How to address these gaps requires urgent attention.


14:30 Doors open; registration

15:00 Welcoming remarks by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, and Kristina Lunz, Co-Founder & Co-Director, CFFP

15:15 Discussion moderated by Canadian Deputy Head of Mission Isabelle Poupart with:

• Hassina Neekzad, Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Organization for Equality (AWOE)

• Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi, Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

• Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation

16:15 Q&A Session with the audience

17:00 Event closing


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