Bridging Women’s Participation in Track I and Track II Peace Processes

In advance of the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, this discussion highlighted women’s engagement in informal peace processes and the movements that surround and inform formal peace processes. It addressed the gaps between women’s informal and formal engagement and generated a discussion on how to elevate grassroots movements to the formal level. Panelists shared their experiences working on inclusive formal and informal peace processes, identified barriers to bridging Track I and II efforts, and discussed strategies and policy recommendations for more effective peacebuilding outcomes.

Speakers and panelists included:
H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations
Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
H.E. Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations
Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
Ms. Elisabeth Slattum, Former Norwegian Special Envoy to the Philippine peace process with the NDFP
Dr. Anjali Dayal, GIWPS 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow, Assistant
Professor of International Politics, Fordham University
Ms. Mariana Casij-Peña, Junior Associate, Institute for Integrated Transitions