GPIA students Jonique Lyles and Daniela Porcelli attended United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on October 29th, 2019. The following post was written by student Jonique Lyles as a reflection.
Proposed by South Africa is the Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security “Towards the successful implementation of the women, peace and security agenda: moving from commitments to accomplishments in preparation for the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).”
Briefers included UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop, Lina Ekomo of FEMWISE (the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation), and Alaa Salah, a civil society activist and community leader from Sudan.
Ms. Alaa Salah was hosted by the GPIA Fellows’ Organization, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. As part of the working group’s mission, Daniela and Jonique attended the session and analyzed the way member states discussed women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding processes. Maintaining a critical perspective, member statements are used in the critical analysis of country-specific foreign policy, and human rights advocacy or abuses that we provide within the working group.