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EWL Year of Action on Beijing+20 Webinar “Mobilising for a Feminist Approach to Peace and Security”

[Brussels, 10 August 2015] In the framework of its Beijing+20 Year of Action, in September the EWL focuses on Women and Armed Conflict.

Today is the day for our webinar “Mobilising for a Feminist Approach to Peace and Security”

Sign in at 3pm (CET) using this link: http://bit.ly/1P8bauH

The absence of women and their perspectives in peace negotiations, post-conflict reconstruction, disarmament, humanitarian relief and peace building means the absence of sustainable peace and any chance of obtaining security. How can we mobilise to develop a feminist approach to peace and security so that women are regarded as equal actors in peace building, democratic development and the creation of human security for all?

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  • Why do women need to be at the core of peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction?
  • What does a feminist approach to peace and security look like?
  • How can feminism contribute to the protection of women’s human rights in armed conflicts?

The webinar will aim at addressing these questions from a global perspective, but keeping a focus on the challenges and opportunities in Europe. It will gather experts and activists from different sectors, in order to build bridges between knowledge and actions, between women’s organisations, peace and security organisations, academics and official processes.

• To explore feminist approaches to peace and security.
• To get in-depth information, data and a broader vision of the challenges and opportunities linked to the issue
• To exchange ideas and strategies between women’s and peace and security organisations.
• To develop and strengthen policies and recommendations, in particular in light of the forthcoming 15th anniversary of the UNSCR1325.

• Contributions of experts and activists addressing different aspects of women, peace and security.
• Live broadcasted: everyone can attend and ask questions during the webinar, on twitter using #Beijing20.
• The webinar will be recorded, and posted on the EWL website.

• Moderator: Pierrette Pape, EWL Policy and Campaigns Director
• Technical facilitator: Oonagh Eastmond, EWL Policy Assistant


Welcome and introduction, with presentation of EWL factsheet from EWL report on Beijing+20 ‘From words to action’

Section 1: Women’s organisations mobilise for peace and security!

Our Balkan members on the Women’s Tribunal in Sarajevo

  • On violence against women in conflict

Women’s role in post-conflict reconstruction: Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform (NIWEP)

  • On the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland.

Women at the core of peace negotiations: Cyprus Women’s Lobby

  • On the inclusion of women in peace negotiationsA feminist approach to justice:

Section 2: Towards a feminist approach of peace and security

Feminist leadership in peace and security: WIIS (Women in International Security)

  • What does a feminist perspective to peace and security and women in leadership look like?

Protecting the human rights of women in armed conflicts: Global Justice Center

  • Campaign of the on access to abortion services for women victims of rape in war

A critical feminist perspective of military spending: WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)

  • Campaign ‘You get what you pay for’ and WILPF Video: Security: What is it?

The current refugee crisis: Hungarian Women’s Lobby

  • The gender dimension

Discussion and final words from the guests, including their most important recommendations


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