International Network Meeting on Women, Peace and Security

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© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

12.04.2018

Over the past two days (9./10.4.), over 150 representatives of different governments, regional and international organizations and civil society from over 80 countries met for this year’s Women, Peace and Security Focal Point Network meeting in Berlin.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened the meeting by emphasizing the importance of women, peace and security issues for his recently formed government as outlined in the current national action plan.

The Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, talked about the destructive effects of sexual violence in different countries and conflicts. She shared the concern with the current Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, who emphasized the importance of consistent legal protection and prosecution for the individuals affected.

In the working groups, participants were able to exchange challenges, good practices and lessons learned on the participation of women in peace processes, the prevention of armed conflict and sexual and gender-based violence. The results of this exchange will be summarized in a final report and a Joint Communiqué, which shall be presented to the international community also in the scope of conflict prevention.

ZIF made significant contributions during the network meeting especially in the scope of its project on UNSCR 1325, which is supported by the German Foreign Ministry and is looking forward to a continuously fruitful collaboration.