UN side event: Equal participation and leadership for a more peaceful world

Defend International is pleased to inform its members, partners and supporters that Inter-Parliamentary Union is hosting a side event entitled Equal participation and leadership for a more peaceful world: Lessons learned and the way forward, which focuses on the WPS agenda and gender equality in decision-making.

Time: Wednesday 13 March 2024, 11:30am – 12:45pm EDT

Place: Conference Room 6, General Assembly Building, United Nations Headquarters, NY


The invitation reads:
WILPF Vice-President, Melissa Torres, will be speaking at an official CSW side event hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union…. The discussion will address:

  • What good practices exist when it comes to constitutional and electoral law reform, legislating on incentives for political parties/governments and international norms change, with the aim of achieving gender parity in local, national and international bodies?
  • How to create an environment that is conducive to gender parity in decision-making and women’s participation in all their diversity? How to break down stereotypes and open up the space for women in a male-dominated political environment?
  • Beyond the numbers, how can institutions and decision-making processes promote equal power and gender-responsive outcomes?
  • What is the key to women’s full and equal participation, leadership and influence at all levels, including in peace processes?