13 Oct

Religion and the 'Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda'

Organized by:Cordaid
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What potential does religion have to advance the WPS Agenda? How can we bridge religious actors and WPS stakeholders to create unexpected alliances? How can we focus on the opportunities that engaging religion offers to localizing the WPS agenda, while acknowledging its limitations?

These questions form the core of the event “Religion and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”, organized by Cordaid and supported by the Knowledge Management Fund.

Event description

Please note: There have been some recent changes to this event due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands. Please read the most updated announcements from the organizers here.

2020 marks a significant year for the WPS Agenda and community. The momentum of the 20th anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325 encourages thinking about promising ideas to enhance and improve the Agenda. One such idea: harnessing religion in furtherance of WPS. For the majority of the world’s population, religion shapes their everyday life. How might we build on the centrality of religion to people’s lives to achieve implementation of the WPS Agenda?

This event brings together experts holding a multitude of perspectives to further explore the relationship between WPS and religion. October 1st will also serve as the kick-off to create a Community of Practice that will aim to share and facilitate knowledge exchange and explore ways to integrate the nexus between religion and the WPS agenda into our daily work.

The program has been adjusted to be more suitable for an online setting, by pre-recording the expert sessions and facilitating online exchange sessions.

The pre-recorded expert sessions, consisting of the face to face discussion, panel discussion and the keynote will be released online on the mornings of the 6th, 7th and 8th of October. The videos will be posted in the LinkedIn group and sent the emails of registered participants. The expert sessions form the basis and provide food for thought for online exchange sessions that will take place on the 13th and the 14th of October. You can pick one of these moments to attend, since the set up will be the same. These will consist out of group discussions on the role of religion in the WPS agenda and will serve as the kick-off for the Community of Practice.

Date & Location

Date: October 13-14, 2020
Program: 10:00 – 17:00 (including lunch and drinks afterwards)
Location: Online event

If you would like further detail or have queries relating to the event, please contact Anne Kwakkenbos at: Anne.Kwakkenbos@cordaid.org.


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