The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security launched a groundbreaking research study about women’s participation in conflict resolution in Riggs Library on January 17, 2018. The Ambassador of Sweden Karin Olofsdottir was joined by Ambassador William Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2006-2009), and Ambassador Derek Mitchell, U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar (2012-2016) to contextualize and analyze the results of the research. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of GIWPS, introduced the panel of experts and spoke about the critical role of women’s participation in achieving sustainable peace.
“Women’s Peacebuilding Strategies Amidst Conflict: Lessons from Myanmar and Ukraine,” was researched and co-authored by Roslyn Warren and GIWPS fellows Anna Applebaum, Holly Fuhrman, and Briana Mawby. Applebaum, Furman, and Mawby presented their results, summarizing the contents of the study and providing insight into their experiences. In their research, they addressed how women seek to contribute to peace, how they use national plans and what barriers they face, and what other tools they use in women’s advancement in context of conflict.
Ambassador Olofsdottir emphasized the importance of the women, peace and security agenda, citing peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and promotion of democratic political transitions in post-conflict areas.
The findings in the study that is being launched here today have been and will be very useful to me and my colleagues in Stockholm as well as my colleagues in Yangon and Kiev.