Twenty Years of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda - Stockholm Forum panel

Event: Twenty Years of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Lessons from the Past – A Roadmap for the Future

Join us for a high-level dialogue organised in partnership with Kvinna till Kvinna at the 2020 Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development: Sustaining Peace in the Time of Covid-19.

The Stockholm Forum is co-hosted by SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

When: Monday 11 May 2020 (15:15 -16:30 CET)
Where: Livestream on SIPRI Youtube channel or watch/subscribe to stream below

In the year 2000, the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, came about after tireless efforts from the women’s movement. Since then, the Women, Peace and Security agenda has significantly altered the conversation on peace and security. Protection from sexual violence, women’s participation, female peacekeepers and gender parity are now issues seen as integral to achieving peace. These are important results and key to building sustainable peace.

The agenda is now at a critical moment. Twenty years after the adoption of UNSCR 1325, the call for further action and full implementation of the agenda has grown loud. We are also in an unprecedented world state, with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic not yet fully known, but with uncertain and unstable times ahead. What insights can we draw from two decades of implementing the WPS agenda? What more is needed to create conditions for sustaining peace, including a clear human security perspective? What mechanisms need to be actualised to ensure women’s meaningful participation? And can the WPS agenda help us to mitigate increased risks of violent conflict that might result from the current crisis?

International Alert and The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation are two CSOs who both have over 25 years of experience of working with women’s participation in peacebuilding. In this high-level panel, they will present findings from recent research on what the WPS agenda has achieved on the ground for women peacebuilders, the challenges faced and what lessons we must learn and take forward to fully implement the agenda, as we look towards the next decade.

After the presentations by International Alert and The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, leading global voices on gender equality and Women, Peace and Security are invited to reflect on this pivotal moment for WPS and women’s role in peacebuilding for civil society, the UN and member states. The role of regional institutions and cooperation will also be addressed, such as within the OSCE, African Union or European Union.

Discussion questions

How can stakeholders ensure that peace efforts during this crisis are being made more inclusive, and that a post-pandemic return to peacebuilding and peace processes does not mean a return to exclusion?

How can the donor community better ensure that political and financial resources are being used to support women building peace? What shifts are needed?

In what ways are women peacebuilders/organisations/women rights defenders building peace today? What are the challenges/successes? And how can states and the international community better support them?

Charlotta Sparre, Director of the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa

Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Per Olsson Fridh, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Government of Sweden

Petra Tötterman Andorff, Secretary-General, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

Ndeye Sow, Head of Gender, International Alert

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, UN SG Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa

Leymah Gbowee, Founder and President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Watch live on Monday 11 May, 15:15 - 16:30 CET

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