In 2013 and 2014, the Power of Empowered Women events successfully highlighted the transformative impact women can make in society, when they are able to fully exercise their human rights. The debates demonstrated that women are not passive actors nor merely victims of human rights violations. Building on these achievements, the 2015 event on the Power of Empowered Women focused on women’s positive leadership in the domain of peace and security.
The 2015 event emphasized that despite an increasing understanding of the need for women’s positive engagement in leadership roles in conflict management and stabilization, progress in the field remains slow both in qualitative and quantitative terms. The debate highlighted some of the underlying causes, and demonstrated how they can be overcome by showcasing positive stories and impact of women who have succeeded in such roles.
Valerie Amos, Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Teresita Quintos Deles, first woman to be appointed as the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process in the Philippines in 2003
Major General Kristin Lund, Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
Elisabeth Rehn, Member of the Board of Directors of the ICC Trust Fund for Victims in the Hague
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Dr. Paul Williams, Rebecca Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations at American University
Ghida Fakhry, former news and programmes presenter for Aljazeera English