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Marking the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000), UN Women, Wilton Park, the Elders and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with support from the Government of Germany, convened a high level virtual conference that brought together over 60 experienced peace practitioners, policy makers, women peacebuilders from the region and other regions and multilateral officials to discuss opportunities and challenges for women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes in the Arab world. The report outlines key points raised by participants throughout the virtual convening, as well as recommendations to enhance women’s inclusion in mediation and conflict resolution processes in the region.
This brief addresses the importance of women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation to an effective pandemic response and to peacemaking efforts, and how the women, peace and security agenda can provide a critical framework for inclusive decision-making and sustainable solutions. It also provides preliminary analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on women’s participation in ceasefires and peace processes and offers a series of recommendations, including on “building back better”.
Humanitarian needs continue to grow with nearly 132 million people in need of assistance in 2018, due to conflict, persecution, and natural disasters. The average humanitarian crisis now lasts more than nine years, and periods of forced displacement more than seventeen. Women and girls who make up approximately half of this 132 million face daily discrimination and violence. The breakdown of protection mechanisms and destruction of essential services and economic structures in crises hits the already marginalized hardest.