[Dateline: New York | Author: Peacebuilding Support Office]
On 28 January 2009 in New York, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) co-convened a consultation on Gender Equality in Recovery and Peacebuilding as part of a series of interviews and meetings designed to give stakeholders throughout the peacebuilding community the opportunity to share their views on issues to be considered in the Report of the Secretary-General on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Early Recovery.
The consultation was hosted by the Liaison Office of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.
The consultation brought 40 expert practitioners and decision-makers from across the UN system and beyond, together with women peace leaders from Burundi, Uganda, and Sierra Leone, and members of the Report drafting team.
In order to provide innovative responses and concrete recommendations to some of the major challenges to promoting gender equality in peacebuilding processes, two working groups were formed: “Leadership for gender equality and women’s rights in early recovery” and “Post-conflict planning and financing for women’s priorities.”
The urgency for addressing these issues is underscored by the findings of ongoing UNIFEM studies which offer preliminary evidence of a relative lack of funding for women’s needs post-conflict and a continued ad hoc nature of women’s participation in peace negotiations.
This consultation built upon the findings of an e-discussion of the inter-agency UN Peacebuilding Community of Practice on the same themes.
For further information on the consultation or to join the UN Peacebuilding Community of Practice, please contact: Haley Horan, Policy Officer, PBSO (firstname.lastname@example.org).