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POLICY FORUM
Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies:From Evidence to Action
The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion focusing on “Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies: From Evidence to Action.” The event will take place on Thursday, March 12th, from 1:00pm to 2:45pm at  IPI’s Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development on the 12th floor, located at 777 United Nations Plaza.

Welcoming remarks:
H.E. Mr. Virachai Plasai, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations

Speakers:
Ms. Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security
Ms. Irene Santiago, Lead Convener of Women Seriously
Dr. Valerie Hudson, Co-Author of Sex and World Peace, Professor at Texas A&M University
Dr. Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute

Moderator:
Ms. Marie O’Reilly, Editor and Research Fellow at the International Peace Institute
 
Throughout 2015, the United Nations, governments, and civil society organizations are celebrating the anniversaries of two milestones for women’s security and peace in society: the Platform for Action in Beijing (1995) and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).
 
Although international frameworks have advanced, the evidence linking gender equality and peace remains poorly understood among policymakers and society at large. Amid many acknowledgements that empowering women is good for societies, the specific impact that this has on promoting and sustaining peaceful societies remains under-explored. At the same time, there is little consensus on the best way to advance women’s participation in policymaking and peacemaking, which continues to lag behind.
 
What does the evidence say about the relationship between gender equality, state security, and peace writ large? Twenty years after Beijing, what works and what does not to advance policy and change practices? How do we uncover the benefits of promoting women’s participation and do so in a manner that prompts states and citizens to act? What are the pathways for accelerating women’s participation and building peaceful societies in the twenty years to come?
 
Join us for a lively discussion with women and men who are leading the way toward peace as we dig deeper into the links between women’s roles in society and security for everyone.
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Date/Time: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:00pm-2:45pm
Venue: Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development
International Peace Institute
777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor
(Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)
Contact: Beatrice Agyarkoh, agyarkoh@ipinst.org, 212-867-8730 (fax)
Should you have any questions, please call 212-225-9628.
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