Video On Demand

Online Event: Women, Peace, and Security in the Age of Covid-19

October 1, 2020 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

It has been two decades since the passing of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 which established the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Since then, there have been myriad gains for women’s rights and global equality efforts: more women hold political seats, maternal mortality has declined, and educational attainment and opportunities for girls has increased. Nevertheless, much work remains, especially when it comes to meaningful participation of women in peacebuilding efforts and within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 has disproportionately impacted women and girls, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected areas and threatens decades of progress made for women’s rights and equality; many women now face Covid-19 and a shadow pandemic of increased gender-based violence. Nonetheless and against all odds, women – and especially women peacebuilders – have become critical figures in responding to the virus in their communities and countries. This event will explore both the challenges and opportunities women peacebuilders face amid the Covid-19 pandemic and how these lessons can inform the WPS agenda moving forward.

For more information on this topic please read Elevating Women Peacebuilders amidst Covid-19.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Royal Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C.

Erol Yayboke
Director, Project on Fragility and Mobility and Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Ambassador Lone Dencker Wisborg

Ambassador of Denmark to the United States

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Rahama Baloni

Program Management Professional at Mercy Corps

Muna Luqman

Founder and Chairperson of Food4humanity