Webinar: Promoting women’s participation in peace processes. How can Norway best contribute?

Peace agreements have a higher chance of being implemented when women’s groups have a relatively strong influence on the process.  At the same time, the strength of women’s civil society organizations is critical for these group’s ability to influence a peace process and to the inclusion of gender references in peace agreements. Moreover, peace agreements with women signatories tend to lead to more sustainable peace.    

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A new evaluation from the Department for Evaluation at Norad finds that Norway’s promotion of women’s participation in peace efforts has led to results in conflict-affected areas. Sustained and multifaceted support to civil society appears to be a defining feature of Norwegian efforts in peace processes. This was the case in Colombia in the lead up to the 2016 peace agreement and afterwards, during its implementation.  

Effective, sustained and multifaceted support to strengthen civil society organizations requires long-term, strategically aligned approaches. This is an area where Norway can increase its impact. What is a good strategy for Norway to contribute to create an enabling environment for women’s groups to thrive and participate in peace processes?    

This event, drawing on evidence from the evaluation, will cover key lessons for Norway and other actors involved in the women, peace and security agenda.

  • Date: May 24 
  • Time: 14:00-15:15 (GMT+2, Oslo time) 

The webinar will be conducted in English and take place as a Zoom webinar. Please fill in the registration form to receive the webinar login details.  

Webinar programme 

  • Welcome. Siv J. Lillestøl, Acting Director, Department for Evaluation 
  • Remarks by Henrik Thune, State Secretary 
  • Presentation of evaluation findings and recommendations. Javier Fabra-Mata, Senior Adviser, Department for Evaluation
  • Panel debate, with Signe Gilen, Norway Special representative for Women Peace and Security; Dr Anne Marie M. Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, New York University; Gro Lindstad, Executive Director at FOKUS - Forum for Women and Development; Rita M. Lopidia, Co-founder & Executive Director, EVE Organization for Women Development, Maria Clara Osula, manager, NCA’s Eastern Africa Regional Peace Programme. Moderated by Antonia Potter-Prentice

The report will be made available for downloading on 23 May at the Department for Evaluation’s website.