Global Convenings

Forward Global Women has held convenings around the world since 2011 for women from the MENA. The intent of these convenings are to strive for PEACE in the MENA region. Forward Global Women encourages women to move from the circle of concern to the circle of influence and action. The convenings help support women from the region to take active roles in leadership positions will enable them to change the dialogue and bring new winds of hope to our communities.

Are you interested in supporting peace and women’s leadership development in the MENA region? Support Forward Global Women’s work by donating to one of our global convenings. 

Upcoming Convenings

As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic many aspects of travel are unpredictable. Especially with the unpredictability of visa appointments, vaccinations and overall travel, Forward Global Women has not decided if there will be an in-person convening in 2021. Join our mailing list to get the latest updates.

2020 E-Convening

As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic Forward Global Women had to cancel their yearly in-person convening. Forward Global Women did put on a E-Convening where the topic was the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in the MENA region. Click below to read more about Forward Global Women’s 2020 E-Convening

2019 Convening - Marrakech, Morocco

In 2019 Forward Global Women put on its 8th annual in-person convening in Marrakech, Morocco. The topic for this convening was climate change and its impact on women and conflict in the MENA region. Convening participants assessed the impact of climate change from a regional, national, and local perspective. Read more about the 2019 convening below. 

2018 Convening - Washington D.C. United States

In 2018 Forward Global Women put on its 7th annual in-person convening in Washington D.C. The topic for this convening was Women’s Involvement in Politics and Education as a Mobilization Tool. Forward Global Women hosted a handful of guest speakers, while also invited the participants to speak on certain issues. Participants also had a full day of meeting with Senate and Congressional leaders. 

Forward Global Women's Previous Convenings

2017 - Oslo, Norway

In July 2017, Forward Global Women hosted it’s 6th annual convening in Oslo, Norway. The topic of this convening was, Regional Engagement Against Violent Extremism and Terrorism. There was in depth discussions on the impact on women and families in the MENA Region, from guest speakers and participants whom are from around the world. 

Read the 2017 Convening Report Here.

2016 - Nicosia, Cyprus

In July 2016, Forward Global Women hosted it’s 5th annual convening in Nicosia, Cyprus. The topic of this convening was, Peacemaking, Women’s Rights and Women and Children Refugees. Forward Global Women hosted nearly 30 women activists, academics, politicians, and leaders will convene in Nicosia, Cyprus to discuss peacemaking, women’s rights, and women and children refugees.

Read the 2016 Convening Report Here.

2015 - Minneapolis, usa

In August 2015, Forward Global Women hosted it’s 4th annual convening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The topic of this convening was, Challenges for Security, Peace, Rights, and Equality in the Middle East: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience. Forward Global Women hosted nearly 30 women leaders from around the world to discuss this topic. 

2014 - Berlin, Germany

In October 2014, Forward Global Women hosted it’s Third Annual convening in Berlin, Germany. The topic of this convening was, Women, Peace, and Security: Implementing UNSCR 1325 in the MENA Region. The convening created a space for women from the MENA Region and the US to have an inspiring set of connections, conversations, and relationship building through a dialogical engagement with old and new paradigms through the power of stories from women participants.

Read the 2014 Convening Report Here.

2013 - St. Paul, USA

In August 2013, Forward Global Women hosted it’s Second Annual convening in St. Paul, Minesota, USA. The topic of this convening was, Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding. Forward Global Women hosted  women activists, academics, politicians, and leaders from around the world. This year Forward Global Women hosted Monica Mary McWilliams, as a trainer for its second annual convening. McWilliams is a Northern Irish academic, peace activist, human rights defender and former politician.

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