Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative

Auditorium Ivan Pictet B, Maison de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland - 9 November 2017, 6:30-8 PM

This event was organized by the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the Permanent Missions of Switzerland and Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva as part of the 2017 Geneva Peace Week

Despite growing recognition of the crucial role of women in conflict resolution and prevention, women still face difficulties not only in accessing the negotiation table but also in influencing discussions and decision-making once part of a mediation process. Women’s effective participation in peace negotiations is often hampered by the negative or indifferent attitudes of conflict parties towards inclusive processes and addressing gender-specific needs; their limited political experience and networks; and gender-discrimination stemming from broader society.
How can we prevent the exclusion of women in mediation processes? Where can we find concrete tools to guarantee that women’s interests are reflected in the agreements that shape tomorrow’s societies? This event triggered an honest discussion from an insider’s perspective, with powerful testimonies from mediators and negotiators involved in peace negotiations in Colombia, Syria, and the Philippines.

Words of Introduction

  • Ambassador Veronika Bard, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UNOG
  • Ambassador Sabrina Dallafior, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UNOG, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament
  • Elisabeth Scheper, Standby Team expert, United Nations Department of Political Affairs


  • Olga Marín, Member of the FARC-EP, Advisor of the Gender Sub-commission during the peace negotiations in La Havana, and Member of the Joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism
  • Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria
  • Teresita Quintos-Deles, Former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in the Philippines


  • Dr. Thania Paffenholz, Director of the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative at the Graduate Institute Geneva