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Building a Lasting Peace: Where Are the Women?

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. EST

Presented in partnership with The Elders, "Building a Lasting Peace: Where are the Women," will feature two panel discussions exploring what can be done to prevent conflicts, combat negative cultural norms, and ensure that women are part of peace-making efforts. This event promotes the recommendations on women's role in peace building set out in President Carter's acclaimed recent book "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.
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Detailed Description
The first panel will look into the alternatives to violence and extremism being proposed by women. What role can women play to prevent conflicts from breaking out? How do we involve women at the grassroots?

Panelists will include:

  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
  • Mary Robinson, first woman president of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Asha Haji Elmi, peace activist and member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia
  • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, a leading international advocate, researcher, and trainer on conflict prevention and training

The second panel will discuss the role of women in peace negotiations and peace-building efforts. How can we ensure that women are involved in peace processes? What cultural norms are preventing women from taking up their place at the decision-making table?

Panelists will include:

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
  • Hina Jilani, leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and human rights champion
  • Jessica Neuworth, founder of Equality Now
  • Manal Omar, acting vice president, Center for Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace

The program will be moderated by Carter Center CEO Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters.


About Conversations at The Carter Center
Conversations brings you up close with Carter Center experts, policy makers, and other special guests to discuss the issues that shape your world. All Conversations are webcast live and archived on the Center's website. Events are held at The Carter Center, Ivan Allen III Pavilion.

Other Conversations this season focus on U.S.-China relations, combatting violence and discrimnation against women and children, peace in Liberia, and eliminating blinding trachoma.

View the entire 2014-2015 Conversations at The Carter Center season schedule >


About The Elders
The Elders are a group of independent leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who use their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. Working both publicly and through private diplomacy, the Elders engage with global leaders and civil society to help resolve conflict and address its root causes, to challenge injustice, to promote good governance and to inspire ethical leadership.

The Elders are: Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo. Desmond Tutu is an Honorary Elder.

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