New challenges for women peacebuilders in Iraq, Syria and Yemen
Please join us to learn how women peacebuilders in Iraq, Syria and Yemen address challenges and amplify local community voices in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding.
This online discussion features the recipients of the 2021 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Research Award. Marsin Alshamary will present research findings on the link between women’s political participation and civil society activism in Iraq, in light of the 2021 Iraqi federal elections. Alshamary is incoming assistant professor of political science at Boston College and a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Read the policy brief.
Hafsa Afailal and Muzna Dureid will present findings on how women human rights defenders, activists and peacebuilders in Syria and Yemen address the growing challenge of digital threats during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on their participation in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding. Afailal is a humanitarian worker and researcher investigating the political participation of women and young people, migration policies and diversity in the Middle East and North Africa. Dureid is a researcher and gender expert with a focus on the same region and she holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University. Read the policy brief.
Funded by IDRC, these research awards are part of Canada’s WPS Awards Program, implemented jointly with Global Affairs Canada. The program aims to address some of the gaps that hinder the full implementation of the United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security — notably, gaps in the evidence base to inform action on the WSP agenda and the need to recognize and support the important role played by civil society to advance this agenda.
The discussion will be co-moderated by Ulric Shannon, Director General, Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, Global Affairs Canada and former Ambassador to Iraq, and Roula El-Rifai, Senior Program Specialist with Democratic and Inclusive Governance, IDRC.
Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be available.