Women Peacemakers Make Recommendations on How to Improve the Role of Women in Mediation
On January 18th, the Institute for Inclusive Security held its annual Policy Forum in Washington, DC, attended by Shukrije Gashi, Director of Partners Kosovo, and Nadwa Al-Dawsari, Director of Partners Yemen.
This year’s Policy Forum focused on how to raise the profile of women in mediation. Shukrije Gashi, Director of Partners Kosovo, and Nadwa Al-Dawsari, Director of Partners Yemen, were selected by the Institute as two of only 21 prominent women mediators from around the world to participate in the discussion. The delegates made recommendations towards including more women in negotiation and decision-making processes and ensuring the representation of women’s needs in peace agreements.
Ms.Shukrije Gashi founded Parters Kosova:Center for Conflict Management in 2001. She is is one of Kosovo’s leading conflict resolution and mediation specialists, and has trained hundreds of people in communities throughout Kosovo and mediated dozens of difficult disputes through her Center's mediation and conflict resolution programs. Under her leadership, Partners Kosovo has pioneered civil society input into new government laws and regulations, such as the Kosovo Mediation Law and the Code of Ethics for Kosovo Civil Servants.
Ms. Nadwa Al-Dawsari is a conflict expert in Yemen and a Conflict Management trainer who has overseen numerous US-funded projects to mitigate conflict in remote and difficult tribal areas in Yemen. During the last 4 years, Ms. Al-Dawsari worked directly with tribal leaders, local civil society organizations, women, youth, religious leaders as well as local authorities to help analyze conflicts and establish sustainable structures and systems to manage conflicts. She also introduced modern tools to help strengthen the role of local NGOs and institutions in preventing and mitigating conflicts.