70 women lead-activists, opinion leaders, representatives of civil society convened in Vienna, Austria, in February 19-20, 2020, within the first Global Women’s Forum for Peace and Humanitarian Action, being also attended by the APE Interim Executive Director, Ludmila Nofit. The event was organized with the support of the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) together with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP).
This Forum represented a unique platform, bringing together local women activist from 17 different countries from Europe, Africa, Asia, South Caucasus, Middle East and Latin America, aimid to establish key priorities and identify support needed for their work in order to strengthen peace and to respond to humanitarian crises.
The event kicked of with a preparatory session, where the participants had the opportunity to make an exchange of experiences and good examples related to the process of Localization of *Women, Peace and Security agenda in our home countries implementing a national or local plan in this regard. We remind that the Government of the Republic of Moldova approved in March 2018 the National Action Plan on the implementation of Resolution 1325. During the session were also discussed major gaps and obstacles in order to fully implement such plans. In context, the most crucial challenges are: internal political and economic crises, limited financial resources, insignificant or absent participation of women negotiators and or mediators in conflict resolution processes, lack of financial-economic skills among women, limited engagement of central and local authorities etc.