Forward Global women 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. Two previous convenings were held in St. Paul, Minnesota. The third convening was held in Berlin, Germany October 13-16, 2014. Our fourth convening was held in Minneapolis Aug. 2-7, 2015. Our fifth convening was held in Nicosia, Cyprus July 25-29, 2016. Our sixth annual convening was held in Oslo, Norway July 16-20, 2017. Our seventh annual convening was held in Washington D.C. from July 9 – 13, 2018. Our eighth annual convening was held in Marrakech, Morocco July 1-5, 2019.
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