Despite mounting evidence that women’s inclusion leads to more durable political settlements, women’s voices remain systematically excluded from peace processes and decision-making while civic activists face increasingly brutal intimidation and violence. In 2020, the United Nations verified 35 killings of women human rights defenders, journalists and trade unionists in seven conflict-affected countries — a number that significantly underrepresents the violence facing women peacebuilders and civic activists worldwide. As global conflict and violence rise to unprecedented levels in 2022, the imperative for proactive women’s protection and inclusion has never been more urgent.

Esther Ze Naw and Ma Ei Thinzar Maung lead a rally to protest the recent military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 6, 2021. Despite the danger, women have been at the forefront of the protest movement, rebuking the generals who ousted a female civilian leader. (The New York Times)
A rally to protest the recent military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 6, 2021. Despite the danger, women have been at the forefront of the protest movement, rebuking the generals who ousted a female civilian leader. (The New York Times)

From February 25 to March 7, USIP hosted a series of Twitter Spaces between USIP experts and peacebuilding practitioners working in Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar, the Sahel and Ukraine to underscore the importance of protecting and facilitating women’s meaningful inclusion in peacebuilding. Panelists discussed strategies that create inclusive and safe participation channels for women of all backgrounds, beginning with a conversation on the global imperative to bring men and masculinities into this discussion. 

Friday, February 25, 10:00am EST
Peaceful Masculinities

  • Andrés Martinez Garcia
    Program Manager, U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • Gary Barker
    CEO and Founder, Promundo
  • Kathleen Kuehnast
    Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace

Tuesday, March 1, 2:00pm EST

  • Billy Ford 
    Program Officer, Burma, U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • Khin Lay
    Founder and Director, Triangle Women’s Organization

Wednesday, March 2, 10:00am EST

  • Asmik Arutyunyan
    Senior Program Specialist, Russia and Europe, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Shelby Magid
    Associate Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
  • Oleksandra Matviychuk
    Chair, Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine

Thursday, March 3, 11:00am EST
The Sahel

  • Nicoletta Barbera
    Senior Program Officer, Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Emily Cole
    Program Officer, Governance, Justice and Security, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Sandrine Nama
    Burkina Faso Coordinator, Justice and Security Dialogues, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Mari Traore
    Project Officer, Women Preventing Violent Extremism, Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

Friday, March 4, 10:00am EST

  • Belquis Ahmadi
    Senior Program Officer, Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • Asma Ebadi
    Program Assistant, Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Wahzma Frogh
    Co-Founder and Director, Women and Peace Studies Organization; Former Senior Advisor on Women in Security and Human Rights, Afghan Ministry of Defense

Monday, March 7, 10:00am EST

  • Maria Antonia Montes
    Program Officer, Latin America, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Angelika Rettberg
    Professor, Political Science, Universidad de los Andes

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