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Women: redefining peace, democracy and security

From May 23-25, women activists and scholars from around the world will gather in Quebec at the invitation of the Nobel Women’s Initiative to discuss 'Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict'. Jenny Morgan and Jessica Horn will be reporting for openDemocracy 50.50

"It is not just about hope and ideas, it's about action...Our duty is to have a dream, but work everyday for reality" Shirin Ebadi

It's five years since the Nobel Women’s Initiative was established by sister Nobel Peace laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire.

The Initiative sponsors biennial events bringing together women activists and scholars from around the world, in an effort to support women's rights and build a culture of peace with justice and equality.  openDemocracy 5050 has explored the issues debated at the gatherings since 2007 in articles written by participants and openDemocracy authors. This year Jenny Morgan and Jessica Horn will be reporting for openDemocracy. To read our full coverage click here

Below are some of the articles from the earlier gatherings at which women discussed  'Redefining peace in the middle east and beyond', and  'Redefining democracy for peace, justice and equality'. 

Peacework: lessons we have failed to learn Isabel Hilton

Politics outside politics: how women redefine democracy Srilatha Batliwala

Gender and democracy: no short cuts to power Anne Marie Goetz

Women redefining democracy Alda Facio

The meaning of peace in the 21st century Shirin Ebadi

Laureate Mairead Maguire: building deep democracy  Jane Gabriel

Resist Reclaim Restore: militarism no more  Kavita Ramdas

We are the ones  Rosemary Bechler

Women in the news  Maria Suarez

My journey from Vietnam to Antigua Thanh Xuan Nguyen

To know that we are not alone  Jane Gabriel

Nothing is impossible, the difficult takes longer Nadwa Sarandah

To read all articles and the multi authored blogs on openDemocracy 50.50 from the Nobel Women's Initiative gatherings since 2007, click here





About the author

Jane Gabriel founded and edited the website openDemocracy 50.50 in 2007, publishing critical perspectives on social justice, gender and pluralism. The site was run as a feminist editorial collective until 2017 when Jane stepped down as editor. 50.50’s funders included Hivos, the Ford Foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Oak Foundation, The New Field Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.  Prior to joining openDemocracy, Jane produced and directed more than 30 documentaries for Channel 4 Television and the BBC international current affairs series Correspondent, winning the Royal Television Society award and the One World Media award for her work as a documentary director. In 1980’s she was a member of the UK's first all-women television production company, Broadside. In the 1970's she worked at Granada TV in the UK, and at Pacifica radio KPFA in the US. She is a qualified advocate for children in care, and a Trustee of the IF Project.

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