The Movement of Women and Girls in Conflict: A Discussion on Protection, Reintegration and Migration

Event Date:

19 Nov 2015
Location: 
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20515

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) are pleased to invite you to the latest installment of the bi-monthly “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast series. The series explores current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace. Each conversation is framed in the context of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on 1325.

“The Movement of Women and Girls in Conflict” will focus on the flight of women and girls in and from Central America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Today’s headlines are filled with the harrowing journeys of refugees traveling to Europe and warnings about a global migration crisis. Less visible is the enduring plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) desperate for resources amid limited and dangerous movement. Women and girls in both groups, and particularly those in forgotten conflicts, are burdened by rampant gender-based violence, lack of health care and services, and little social and economic agency to lead their families, their communities and themselves to better and safer lives.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will provide opening remarks. The event will be moderated by Jessica Huber, IFES Senior Gender Specialist. Panelists include:

  • Joan Timoney, Senior Director of Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Reem Khamis, Protection/Gender Based Violence Technical Advisor, American Refugee Committee
  • Shilpa Nadhan, Senior Program Specialist, International Organization for Migration

A light breakfast will be served.

Feel free to follow this event’s conversation on Twitter @IFESGender and by searching #UNSCR1325.