Recently I got a chance of attending a conference, 'Gender, Peace and Security 2010'. The conference was held in Munich, Germany from 9th-10 July. There were women from different countries and different areas and their focus of work was on the issues and problems associated with peace and security and how all this affect women. How they are being victimized and abused during war and conflicts. The focus was also on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325...what this resolution is about, what is its significance and what are the issues regarding its implementation.

There were different speakers who spoke about the feminist perspective on peace and security; the need for gender perspective in intentional relations; absence of females at policy making level regarding gender issues during conflicts and wars; how can we integrate gender into peace and security policy; and also the EU and gender, peace and security commitments in European policy.

We got professionals and committed people talking on the issue and describing its need and importance. The conference was a memorable and enlightening experience.

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Najma, thank you for this update. I looked into this conference a while back, and I'm lad to hear that you had a great experience. I hope more women who attended the conference will come on PulseWire, so that the dialogue can continue! Too often, these conferences happen and then no follow up actions can happen because attendants aren't able to connect. PulseWire can be that space where women from all over the world can come back together to continue the work.

Looking forward to learning more about you!


Thanks for appreciation Corine. It was really a nice conference and I have learned a lot from there. You are right that we should also work on the follow-up because unless we do so the whole thing will be dead and have no long term benefit. I shall try to share my experiences and things that I came across so that we can have a better information sharing process.

Can you write an entry or just respond to my post on everything that you learned and experienced there. The opportunity was amazing and I would love if you would give further detail about it. I have updated this journal so it will be posted in the group Ending Gender Based Violence. I encourage you to be a part of this group, where it will awaken dialogue that is needed to happen on the issue of GBV. The link to the website is

In support and friendship, Carri Pence

Here you go dear...I tried to put things that I remember. Hope that my memory did not deceive me :-) I will write in parts as and when I get time...and here is the first part.

The International Conference on Gender, Peace and Security was held from 9th-10th July 2010 at University of German Armed Forces, Munich, Germany. The conference was divided into 4 panels and one World Cafe. The first half hour was given to introduction of the conference objectives and the organizers. A very good thing about the conference that I will always remember was the translation service that they provided. The speakers gave their speeches in German or English which are simultaneously translated. You can understand each bit of the conference in a language of your preference.

Dr. Sussane Zwingel threw light on the need for a gender perspective in international relations. Dr. Rita Scahaefer spoke about the peace and security from a feminist pacific perspective. She threw light on the condition of women in Africa. How African women are abused and the problem that they face from their own community who do not accept them. She said that the raped women do not only face the psychological trauma and humiliation but they also get HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Because of all this women faced problem from their own society and family who did not want them to integrate with the society again.

Mamuna Zvizdic from Bosnia and Herzegovina spoke about implementation of resolution 1325 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). She stated that the 'comprehensive implementation of UN SCR 1325 and the related human rights treaties require the integration of a gender perspective and explicit reflection of the provision of these international agreements in domestic policies and institutions in BiH, with the complete and accountable cooperation of government, civil society and international agencies.'

(More details in the next part)