In January, our team jumped into 2019 by traveling to Jordan for two key strategy meetings on feminist peace with our partners.
WORKING TOGETHER TO DEFINE PEACE BEYOND THE ABSENCE OF WAR
As a strategic goal in advancing women's rights, CWGL is working to redefine peace and measure it with the indicators of equality, justice, and human rights to challenge the economy of war and violence. On January 11, we held a convening of experts on peace and women's engagement and leadership. In this gathering women, who are experts and practitioners on peace from the MENA region, shared their experiences, the challenges, and priorities in the region. The CWGL team shared a proposal on an alternative peace paradigm and received critical feedback from meeting participants. Important to the conversation were barriers to moving from peace beyond the absence of war, and whether what was proposed could complement or advance existing work on peace.
This convening was a collaboration between Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) (Global – United States), ABAAD (MENA – Lebanon), and Women and Media Collective (WMC) (South Asia- Sri Lanka). "
FEMINIST ALLIANCE FOR RIGHTS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
The Feminist Alliance for Rights, of which CWGL is the Secretariat, is an international alliance of organizations from the Global South and Global North. It aims to amplify the voices of women from the Global South, strengthen feminist movement building, and advance women’s rights and gender equality. The FAR Steering Committee met in Amman, Jordan on January 12th and 13th to discuss the alliance strategies, priorities, and activities for the 2019-2020 period. It reaffirmed its engagement on the agreed priority theme of women and peace (WP) from a feminist perspective.
It was productive, inspiring, and energizing to kick of 2019 with these meetings and women leaders! We are looking forward to embarking on these strategies and to what's next.