Putting Women’s Rights Front and Centre on the Security Agenda

Successful women’s rights activism on conflict and specific strategies and key messages which worked most powerfully with decision makers and media.

Thirty peace and security experts from around the world—including academics, human rights advocates and journalists—came together for a two-day meeting last week to discuss strategies for putting women’s rights on the international security agenda.

The Nobel Women’s Initiative sponsored the meeting to gather insights into how the organization may more effectively amplify the voices of women and the centrality of women’s rights in peacebuilding around the world.

Participants focused on examples of successful women’s rights activism on conflict and what specific strategies and key messages worked most powerfully with decision makers and media.

The global fiscal crisis and the recent change in the US administration were among the opportunities identified by participants to bring women’s rights more forcefully into the public discourse. Experts and activists also examined how UN resolutions 1325 and 1820 have contributed to the advancement of women’s rights globally, through the lens of current crisis in places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Learn more about some of the organizations represented at our meeting:

Feminist International Radio Endeavour

Initiative for Inclusive Security

Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

nobelwomensinitiative.org

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