As the public venue for the 10th anniversary of the Women PeaceMakers program, this singular working conference convened nearly 40 Women PeaceMakers from 34 countries with other peacebuilders and human rights defenders to strategize how to overcome both the age-old and newly systematized impediments to peace.
This free public forum brought together frontline journalists, filmmakers and social media citizen activists engaged in the critical examination of women in conflict and how they are using their voices in a revolution against ongoing political and cultural violence.
The 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference coincided with a momentous year, marking both the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 10th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. In anticipation of these celebrations, the working conference was situated to develop, distill and disseminate expert opinion from practitioners and policymakers of all levels. Delegates reflected on the implementation and challenges of UNSCRs on women, peace and security (1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) and analyzed their practical considerations.
This international working conference brought together those on the forefront of informing, creating or facilitating the training and mandates that must be active to overcome rampant human rights abuses and the brutality of conflict-related sexual violence.
The Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2007. Each fall, this unique program hosts four courageous women and documents their stories of working to end conflict and build just and sustainable peace. The Women PeaceMakers were joined by international policymakers and experts who highlighted gender concerns and inclusion in conflict resolution, peacekeeping operations and long-term peacebuilding efforts.
More than 150 policymakers, practitioners, researchers, experts and students participated in the three-day, international working conference to address the shaping of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding policies when women are more equally engaged.
This was an act of hearing the profound depth and cost of human rights abuses against women in conflict environments, as well as an examination of the global community's use of legal, moral and ethical resources to call for an accounting of abstention from these crimes against humanity.
The conference brought together scholars, practitioners, political-influentials, nongovernmental organizations and grassroots leaders working with the United Nations, national governments and international humanitarian agencies. Delegates representing 32 countries demonstrated personal or organizational experience and research, and a commitment to return home to continue to contribute to a collective effort to engage women in peace processes throughout the world.