Web Talk on International Cooperation

Web Talk on International Cooperation: Leadership in Fragile Contexts – The Role of women in Peacebuilding

Globally, only one in four parliamentary seats is held by a woman. At COP25, only 21 per cent of heads of delegation were female, and between 1992 and 2019, only 13 per cent of negotiators in peace processes were female. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas described it as an act not only of justice but of political and economic reason to help women gain more influence. Not least, the United Nations’ agenda “Women, Peace and Security” calls on all of us to involve women equally.

Even though it has long been proven that gender equality and the joint assumption of responsibility has a positive impact on societies and the achievement of sustainable development in line with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, women are still underrepresented in decision-making structures today.

Which countries and individuals are exemplary for the participation of women in foreign policy? Which responsibility does German foreign policy bear? How do women perceive their role on the foreign policy stage and are their demands heard? What special challenges arise in fragile contexts?

These and more questions will be discussed by Dr Andreas Nick, MdB, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Ilwad Elman, Peace and Human Rights Activist, Elman Peace Centre and Dr Almut Wieland-Karimi, Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF). The discussion will be complemented by a scientific input by Dr Sarah Taylor, Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative.

The event will take place as a Livestream on Thursday, 4 March 2021, from 16:00 to 17:30.

Language of the event will be English.

Please follow this link for registration. The link for accessing the livestream will be provided after registration.