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Policy Report: Rethinking Gender in Peacemaking

Cover of the report "Rethinking Policy and Practice of Gender in Peacemaking"

CMES Director Karin Aggestam organised together with Jacqui True (Monash University) and Farkhondeh Akbari (Monash University) a policy-research dialogue between global experts and practitioners on gender in peacemaking

The report, Rethinking Policy and Practice of Gender in Peacemaking: The Quest for Innovation in a Polarised Global World, is based on a policy-research dialogue held at the Monash University Prato Centre, Italy in September 2023. The policy-research dialogue was organised by Karin Aggestam, Lund University and Jacqui True, Monash University with assistance of Farkhondeh Akbari, Monash University.

Under the Chatham House Rule, experts and practitioners on peacemaking, from diverse regions and professional backgrounds, came together over two full days to engage in the dialogue. The keynote speech was given by the former Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.

The overarching aim of the policy-research dialogue was to rethink policy and practice on gender-inclusive peacemaking and generate new innovative ideas based on the extensive experience and knowledge gained over the last decade. The dialogue sought to confront some of the crucial dilemmas arising from peacemaking and to provide a safe inclusive space for reflection and exchange. Four roundtable panel discussions were convened:

  1. Gender barriers in contemporary peacemaking
  2. Whose participation? Challenging traditional peace negotiations
  3. Opportunities and limitations of peace mediation
  4. Rethinking ideas and practices of peacemaking

Read the report