I am honoured to be joining several highly accomplished women mediators, negotiators and leaders in New York for this exciting panel “Peacebuilding Beyond 2017: Women as Agents of Change” on Tuesday, March 21st.
Our dialogue will explore how we can foster gender equity and create lasting economic empowerment opportunities for women. The event, sponsored by Mediators Beyond Borders International, is a parallel event during CSW61 which will highlight the extraordinary work of women mediators and leaders in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and prevention, education and partnerships. My fellow panelists are enormously qualified women, whose extensive credentials I cannot properly summarize in this post:
- Vicki Isler, Co-chair of the UN Working Group, Mediators Beyond Borders International; past chair of the American Bar Association Environmental Law Sections’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and a former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General;
- Prabha Sankaranarayan, CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders International and a conflict transformation consultant;
- Millicent Otieno of South Africa, who has trained and mentored hundreds of peace builders, trainers, field practitioners and coaches on conflict sensitivity, nonviolent conflict transformation, community dialogue and mediation; and
- Raihal Fijri, Executive Director of the Katahati Institute of Indonesia, a dedicated and skilled advocate for non-violent, community-based processes that focus on women, democracy, and conflict resolution.
Special contributors include Maria Volpe, an internationally recognized scholar in mediation and Director at New York’s CUNY Dispute Resolution Center; Jill Strauss, a conflict resolution and communications professor at City University in New York; and our own Mina Vaish, Managing Director of York Mediation, where she provides ADR processes in family, civil and workplace disputes and organizational consulting on policies and procedures in conflict resolution. Mina has pioneered the use of collaborative mediation in complex cases and is a committed contributor to the work of Mediators Beyond Borders.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives around the world and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.