Malta Convening
Tenth Annual Convening - Malta

Forward Global Women held its annual international convening in Malta in October 2023, marking its 10th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, we chose to spotlight distinguished Women of Valor from the MENA region, women who bravely pushed for change and established rich legacies in the fields of medicine, science, education, human rights and more. Over the course of several days, we learned the stories of these women and the impact they had on their countries and the world. For those Women of Valor who were able to attend, we heard from them directly and were able to engage in a dialogue with them about their lives and work.

Athens Convening
Ninth Annual Convening - Athens

Since 2011 Forward Global Women has put on in-person convenings all over the world for young women leaders from the MENA region. After two years hiatus as a result of the COVID pandemic, FGW is pleased to announce we just hosted our first convening in Athens, Greece since the pandemic in September. The topic was MENA Women: Addressing Violence and Post-COVID Challenges.

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Convening for Peace

Forward Global Women (FGW) was borne from the desire to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict in the Middle East and to advocate for the full and equal participation of women in the peacemaking process.


Through an annual convening and other events, FGW brings together women leaders – elected officials, academicians and activists – from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the United States to build relationships, grow skills and facilitate new understandings of social and political issues in their respective countries, creating a network of women peacemakers.


The importance of including women in the peace process was recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 with the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which affirmed that peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in the prevention of conflict and in the forging of a lasting peace. A study by UN Women in 2015 (Read Here) found that women’s participation in peace processes not only improves the likelihood that an agreement will be reached but also results in a more durable and stable peace. With the inclusion of women, the probability of a peace agreement lasting at least two years is increased by 20 percent and the probability of lasting 15 years is increased by 35 percent.


FGW is committed to ensuring that women have a place at the table in peace negotiations and believes it is imperative to achieving a sustainable peace and security for the people of the MENA region


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