Women In International Security (WIIS) will co-host the Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Security: Keys to Prosperity and Peace conference in cooperation with the UN Women’s Office, General Women’s Union and TRENDS Research and Advisory.



Gender is linked to prosperity and peace. Evidence shows women’s empowering, women’s agency and women’s leadership contributes to more successful and longer lasting peace. Gender sensitive approaches help to facilitate economic recovery, make peace operations more effective, and improve the quality of humanitarian assistance. Gender programs also have the ability to help combat violent extremism. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said 18 November 2017 “Empowering women is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.” In 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). It was a foundational, landmark resolution recognizing the inextricable links between gender equality and international peace and security. UNSCR 1325 brought issues related to women and armed conflict directly onto the political agenda of the UN Security Council – the body responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. The four pillars of UNSCR 1325 are: participation, protection, prevention and relief, and recovery. Since the adoption of UNSCR 1325 (2000), the framework for the protection and participation of women at all decision-making levels of conflict and post-conflict efforts has expanded. Indeed, the Council adopted 7 more resolutions. These resolutions, inter alia, affirm the need for women’s inclusion in post-conflict decision-making, counter-terrorism/extremism efforts, participation in peacebuilding activities, the prevention of sexual violence, protection and participation as well as women’s political and economic empowerment. At the national level, 69 states have adopted National Action Plans and many international organizations have adopted organization-wide action plans, including the African Union, the OSCE, NATO and the Arab League.


Despite the widespread national and international support for the WPS agenda, there is a significant gap between political rhetoric and tangible political and financial resources to support the WPS agenda. Bridging declared intent of policymakers and the reality of action in the many parts of the world where UNSCR 1325 is most needed remains a core challenge. The UNSC, multilateral organizations and states must continue their commitment to the WPS agenda, renew and develop national action plans, provide political endorsement and quicken progress so greater achievements can be made on this important agenda. The 




Organizing the Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Prosperity: Keys to Prosperity and Peace conference in cooperation with Women in International Security (WIIS) and the UN Women’s Office, General Women’s Union and TRENDS Research and Advisory seek to achieve several goals:

  • Raising awareness of the link between gender and peace and security in both policy and in practice;
  • Providing a better understanding of the gender dimensions of peace and security to a broad audience;
  • Showcasing the UAE’s good practice to the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda; and
  • Serving as a platform to launch a series of future activities aimed at advancing the women, peace and security agenda.




This conference also features a training day on December, 19 2017.  This training event will target a range of participants from the military, security, and civilian services, who are involved in peace and security matters, and it will cover the foundations of understanding gender as a social construct, as well as the power dynamics that influence and impact the gender dimensions of policy and practice.  The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda will be examined looking at its history, content, importance for international security, how its objectives are embedded into policy, planning and operations, as well as how we can measure success in this crucial area of importance.


AGENDA - December 18, 2017

9:00 - 10:00    Registration

10:00 - 10:20    Opening Speech

  • His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance, on behalf of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood

10:20 - 10:50    Keynote Speeches

  • Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation
  • Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations in New York

10:50 - 11:20    Discussion Panel 1: Empowering Women and Furthering Peace

Chair: Dr Richard Burchill, Director of Research & Engagement at TRENDS Research & Advisory

  • Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council
  • Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of Women In International Security (WIIS)

11:20 - 11:30    Introduction to UN Women in Abu Dhabi

  • Mouza Hasan Al Shehhi, Director of UN Women Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi

11:30 - 11:40    Media Presentation on Women, Peace and Security

11:40 - 12:10    Coffee Break

12:10 - 13:10    Discussion Panel 2: The Gender Dimensions of National Security Policies

Chair: Brooke Stedman, Deputy Director of Women in International Security (WIIS)

This panel will examine the importance of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda. It focuses on how the WPS agenda promotes prosperity and why gender equality advances security and peace. The panelists will highlight the role of policy frameworks and institutional mechanisms to advance the agenda.

  • Ambassador Mara Marinaki, Principal Adviser of European Union External Action Service on Gender and UNSCR 1325
  • Professor Michael Brown, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University, USA
  • Mohammed Naciri, Regional Director of United Nations Women (Arab States)
  • Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of Gender Policy and Strategy at the United States Institute for Peace

13:10 - 14:10    Discussion Panel 3: Gender Dimensions in Military and Security Operations

Chair: Leah Sherwood, Deputy Director of Research at TRENDS Research & Advisory

This panel will examine gender perspectives in military and peace operations. It focuses on highlighting the importance of gender perspectives in these settings, discusses training and effective approaches to implementing gender perspectives. The panelists will identify challenges and provide perspectives on where future action is best placed to advance the WPS agenda.

  • Daniel de Torres, Assistant Director and Head of the Gender and Security Division at the Geneva Centre of the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
  • Fauziya Abdi Ali, Director of Women in International Security of Horn of Africa (WIIS)
  • Irene Fellin, President of WIIS Italy and the coordinator of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network
  • Dr. Ayesha Sultan Mohammed Al Dhaheri, Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces Medical Services Corps

14:10-15:10 Lunch


15:10-16:10    Discussion Panel 4: Showcasing the UAE Leadership on Women


Chair: Faisal Bin Huraiz, News Presenter at Sky News Arabia.

This panel examines the UAE’s position on women as a means of promoting prosperity and peace. It highlights concrete UAE examples of leadership in this area and reviews where good practice has been established. The panelists will offer practical examples from inside the UAE on the benefits of women’s empowerment for peace and security.

  • Dr. Zubaida Jassim Al Maazmi, Assistant Lecturer at Abu Dhabi Police College
  • Colonel Afra Saeed Al Falasi, Commander of Khawla Bint Al Azwar Military School
  • Shaima Abdulla Al Hosani, Analyst in the International Affairs Department at Ministry of Defence
  • Major Dana Humaid Al Marzouqi, Director of Project Management & Shared Services and the Director of Child Protection Center at Ministry of Interior

16:10-17:10    Discussion Panel 5: The Way Forward on Gender and Toward Greater Global Stability

Chair: Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of Women In International Security (WIIS)

  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of Gender Policy and Strategy at the United States Institute for Peace
  • Dr. Ahmed Thani Al Hamli, President & Founder of TRENDS Research & Advisory
  • Colonel Afra Saeed Al Falasi, Commander of Khawla Bint Al Azwar Military School



This conference is hosted by the General Women’s Union and TRENDS Research & Advisory in partnership with Women In International Security (WIIS) and the UN Women’s Office.




The General Women’s Union was established under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak on 27 August 1975 under Federal Law No. (6) 1974. It is the national mechanism for the advancement, empowerment and leadership of women in the UAE and is directed it to serve women in various local, regional and international forums.




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TRENDS Research & Advisory was named as one of the Top Ten Best New Think Tanks in the World, by the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the Lauder Center, University of Pennsylvania.




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UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.