Resolution 1325 by the UN Security Council in 2000, confirms the vital role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. Despite some progress in bringing women into peace processes, many challenges remain. How can one secure that women are included in negotiations on a political solution to the country? How can they contribute to strengthening the government or civil society? How can women counteract extremism? The aim of this research roundtable is to discuss these questions and to learn about the experiences of both the Institute for Inclusive Security and the Finnish Foreign Ministry in Afghanistan.
Speaker: Swanee Hunt, Chair, Institute for Inclusive Security
Swanee Hunt founded and chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, which conducts consultation, research, leadership development, and advocacy to integrate women fully into peace processes. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program, core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership, and senior adviser to the working group on modern-day slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The Institute for Inclusive Security has worked in Afghanistan for more than a decade, partnering with various women’s organizations to advance their participation in the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme. Over the last three years, in partnership with the Afghan MOFA and the Finnish Embassy in Kabul, they assisted in development of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.
Ritva Hautanen, Programme Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Elina Kalkku, Director General, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Chair: Katja Creutz, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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