The international conference “Women, Peace and Security: UNIFEM Supporting Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325” takes place in Reykjavík today and tomorrow. It is organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the University of Iceland (HÍ).
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The conference discusses how governments, international organizations and independent associations can ensure that women participate more in peace negotiations, both directly and indirectly.
Ten key speakers with extensive experience in that field and knowledge of the Security Council Resolution 1325 will talk about their ideas to that regard. Panel discussions and symposiums follow.
Key speakers include Rachel Mayanja, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Wenny Kusuma, the divisional manager of UNIFEM in Afghanistan, Samia Bamieh, founding member and chair of the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC), Dr. Naomi Chazan, professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Donald Steinberg, vice-president of the International Crisis Group and former Foreign Minister of Iceland Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir.
The opening address is given by current Foreign Minister of Iceland Össur Skarphédinsson and Rector of the University of Iceland Kristín Ingólfsdóttir. The conference is in English.
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