While everyone else was at the beach, the Institute army was busy with an international conference! Organized with our partner the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Centre for Women, in collaboration with the Danish Center for Gender, Equality, and Diversity (KVINFO), IWSAW hosted an international conference to engage international, regional, and national stakeholders in strategic dialogue on women, peace and security in the Arab region. As you can imagine, this is no small task, considering the many security challenges we have in the region!
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality through research, education, development programs, and outreach at the national, regional, and international levels. IWSAW works at the intersection of academia and activism.
Three main areas to ensure the inclusion and participation of women in all aspects of peace and security initiatives across the Arab World, namely: Localizing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda; Promoting Women Activism in Peace and in War; and Institutionalizing Collaborations on Women, Peace, and Security, were identified and adopted by the international conference on “Prioritizing Women, Peace and Security on the Arab Agenda”.