Who's making policy? What difference does it make?
Jensine Larsen discusses the role of media in amplifying women's voices Enlarge
James Kok describes the changing culture in the Sudan Enlarge
Delegates listen to conference panels Enlarge
Delegates learn how to apply InterAction's Gender Audit tool Enlarge
Karma Lekshe Tsomo discusses the work of socially-engaged Buddhists Enlarge
An international conference on gender-inclusive decision making for peace with justice
October 18-20, 2006
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
San Diego, CA
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), and
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
In partnership with
Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights,
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces,
Heinrich Boell Foundation, Institute for Women's Policy Research,
Women Impacting Public Policy
International resolutions and agreements call for women to be at all policymaking tables. Over 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.
Experts presented signs of influence on policy direction as women and men work jointly on peace and human security issues. Challenges to women's inclusion in, and within, decision-making bodies in multiple spheres of power were exposed. Delegates and speakers explored positive outcomes, as well as inherent roadblocks, in efforts to hold governments, political parties, peacekeepers, armed forces, corporations, religious institutions and civil society accountable for progress in incorporating women as essential partners and voices in peace negotiations, demobilization, disarmament, reconciliation, reconstruction, development and creation of new constitutions. The progress of implementation of international policy frameworks calling for equal participation of men and women in decision making in their respective sectors was reviewed.*
A series of complementary knowledge-building and working sessions provided delegates the opportunity to directly engage with and learn from one another and build cross-sector networks and alliances (conference agenda).
This was the third Women PeaceMakers conference at the IPJ, supported by funding from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. It built on the 2004 "Promoting Women's Equal Participation in Peace & Security Processes: Operationalizing UN Security Council Resolution 1325" and the 2005 "Global Women's Court of Accountability" a public hearing on gross violations of women's human rights in conflict and the power of international instruments to address gender-based crimes. The 2006 IPJ Women PeaceMakers joined colleagues from the front lines of conflict transformation around the world to address the complex process of peacebuilding in the twenty-first century and to better understand how gender-inclusive decision making in key sectors can affect and influence peace processes.
For more information or questions about the conference, please contact WPMconference@sandiego.edu.
Daily Discussions 1: Conference Opens With Dynamic Presentation - "Women, War, Peace: Politics in Peacebuilding"
Daily Discussions 2: Delegates Discuss Governance and Security for Women
Daily Discussions 3: Delegates Conclude Conference by Exploring Women's Leadership in Religion, Business, and Civil Society
*Primary international policy frameworks include: Beijing Platform for Action (Paragraph 181), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Article 7), and UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
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