Amid historic political transitions and complex conflicts in the Horn of Africa, women are playing a crucial role in efforts to reach peace agreements and set foundations for democratic governments in the region. There’s resounding evidence that this sort of meaningful involvement of women helps advance lasting peace — but despite efforts to build a more inclusive approach to peacebuilding, women remain underrepresented in official peace processes.

On March 27, USIP hosted a conversation with two prominent women, peace and security champions from the Horn of Africa on the sidelines of the U.S. Summit for Democracy. The discussion looked at the role of women’s inclusion and participation in advancing democratic political transitions to achieve sustainable peace.

Learn more about our Summit for Democracy side events here, and follow our work on social media with #DemocracySummitUSIP.

Speakers

Lise Grande, introductory remarks
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Michael Hammer, welcoming remarks
Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa

Filsan Abdi
Founder, Horn Peace Institute and Nabad Project

Fauziya Abdi Ali 
President, Women in International Security – Horn of Africa 

Susan Stigant, moderator
Director of Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

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