Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Thursday, 27 August 2020

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Minister Naledi Pandor hosts 2020 Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum, 27 to 28 Aug

Source: South African Government

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, is scheduled to host the 2020 Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum, to be held virtually from 27 – 28 August 2020. The Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum was formed to serve as an institution for women to discuss issues related to African peace-building and development. The Dialogue Forum has over the past five years brought together women peace-builders and mediators from different countries to share their experiences and best practices in peace and security initiatives. The opening session on 27 August 2020 will begin at 12h00 noon.

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Nahyan bin Mubarak Opens Conference on Role of Women in Fostering Values of Coexistence

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, said that Emirati women have a prominent place in the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father, and approach of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), “Mother of the Nation”, believing in their great capabilities and energies. He said that they both believed that women can excel and achieve progress and development in all fields if they are equipped with the best education. “Building a knowledge-based society requires determination and a sustained effort, and in doing so, the resolve and support of the “Mother of the Nation” in deploying all resources have resulted in the achievement of this vital endeavour,” he added. Sheikh Nahyan’s comments were made public during yesterday’s launch of the conference on “The Role of Women in Fostering Values of Coexistence” organised by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima, marking the Emirati Women’s Day. The virtual event titled “An Outlook of Women’s Contributions into the Next Fifty Years,” was held in the presence of a distinguished and prominent panel of Arabic and international speakers.

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Shooting fails to Deter Afghan Woman on Taliban talks Team

Source: Reuters / Shadi Khan Saif

Afghan women’s rights advocate Fawzia Koofi had nightmares for days after a volley of bullets was fired at her car as she travelled with her daughter in the restive province of Parwan. Just two weeks later and with her arm still in a cast, Koofi, one of the few female members of the Afghan team negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban, is planning to return to the area, where floods have killed more than 150 people. It is a sign of the determination of a woman who has survived two apparent assassination attempts to keep fighting for a more equal, just and stable future for her country after decades of war. “It was a narrow escape,” said Koofi of the Aug. 14 attack. “All the way to hospital (my daughter) held my bleeding arm tight and kept telling me not to close my eyes,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at her now fortified home. The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack, which came as the Afghan government prepared for talks with the Taliban following a U.S. peace deal with the militants signed in February.

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Youth Leaders from China Sharing their Innovative Approaches on Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Source: UN Women

On July 10th, 2020, young leaders from China together with representatives from UN Women, research institutions, media and private sector companies attended “Promoting Gender Equality through Social Innovations” online dialogue co-organized by UN Women China and Tencent, one of China’s leading tech companies. The event falls under the UN China-Tencent joint initiative “SDGs Youth Dialogue on the Future”, that aims to call for youth to propose ideas on combating gender inequalities in daily life, especially in the context of COVID-19, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment though innovative approaches to create meaningful change.

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