“Equal power lasting peace” conference on women and conflict resolution in Brussels

Identifying challenges to long lasting peace – turning words in deeds, theory into practice and policy into implementation is exactly all about “Equal power lastingpeace” Conference

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Very well-attended conference, good atmosphere, different experiences, interesting views, lot of truth, and vivid discussions on women’s participation in peace processes and what the EU can and should do!

We heard sentences like:

“lot of participants and only 2 women”

“beauty contest for women election candidates”

“at the end of the day is all about power”

“they told us to go home and take care of our babes, like we don’t have brain besides our uterus”

“there is nothing, nothing that can be done well without gender perspective”

“when you are in conflict you feel so lonely but then you read Kvinna till Kvinna report and realise how people all around the world face the same problem”

“question is who is not at the table?”

“be noisy”

“EU delegations and missions must increase its efforts to protect women human rights defenders”

“If the EU is going to be an effective peace builder it needs to put women’s participation at the core of its strategies”

“women activists know how”

I am learning from this day, and everybody can from “Equal Power – Lasting Peace” report.

Maja Stajcic

“Make an input – make a change” part 1

Brussels

For the fourth year in a row, during this week, representatives of Kvinna till Kvinna and ten partner organizations from Balkan are visiting Brussels regarding this year Progress report input/consultations between EC Enlargement DG and representatives from international and non-governmental organizations.

Based on our areas of expertise and after more than 15 years of support and cooperation in the Balkans, Kvinna till Kvinna created space and opportunities for advocacy trough strengthened focus as a political partner to our partner organizations combined with the increased presence and importance of EU in the region (both for funding and as an external actor with influence to change on national level in the countries where we work).

Also, the accession process provides entry points for us and our partner organizations to use to try and create a change. The purpose of the increased efforts are to improve capacity for partner organizations and Kvinna till Kvinna to lobby the EU both on policy and financing, influence the EU to include and fund women’s organizations to a higher degree and improved capacity for partner organizations to access EU funds.

Kvinna till Kvinna partner organisations representatives are from:

Albania, AWEN-Albanian Women Empowerment Network and “VATRA”

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Foundation Cure” and ”Helsinski Citizens’ Assembly”

Kosovo, Kosovo Gender Studies Center and Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women’s

Montenegro, SOS Hotline Niksic

Serbia, “Fenomena”, “Novi Sad Lezbian Organisation” – NLO, Women Space and Roma Women’s Network

 

Besides EC delegation this year, for the first time we are targeting EU Parliament, Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

Also, we are meeting with two big peace and gender networks/organizations, EPLO and European Women’s Lobby.

We will inform you about each of the meetings soon,

Keep in touch

Elmaja and Maja