“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Poet Mary Oliver
Women Creating and Leading Change
Forward Global Women fosters and nurtures the development and growth of women leaders to become active peacemakers promoting co-existence. We envision a world where women are actively engaged in conflict-resolution and peacemaking.
Forward Global Women is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that convenes and trains women leaders in political and civic life from the MENA countries of Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco along with USA women. Convenings have been held in St. Paul, MN; Berlin, Germany; Nicosia Cyprus; and Oslo, Norway.
United Nations Resolution 1325 supports women’s participation in peacemaking negotiations at every level. An important follow up to that resolution are National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security. More than 30 countries across the globe are developing National Action Plans to promote the essential role of women in securing peace. Unfortunately, many MENA countries are not among them. The United States effort was finally launched by Executive Order but still needs support from the US Congress. Data on each country is available at www.peacewomen.org.
“When women participate in peace processes, they focus discussion on issues like human rights, justice, national reconciliation, and economic renewal that are critical to making peace, but often are overlooked in formal negotiations. They build coalitions across ethnic and sectarian lines, and they speak up for other marginalized groups. They act as mediators and help us to foster compromise.” – Hillary Clinton
Minnesota State Senator Sandy Pappas
Rina Bar Tal, former Chair of the Israel Women’s Network
Professor Rula Ouawas, founding Director of the Women’s Studies Center, University of Jordan [Feb. 25, 1960 – July 25, 2017]