From Shrinking Spaces To Feminist Movement Building: Key Priorities On SDG 5 and 16 For Sustaining Peace

Organised by: Women Deliver, Women for Women International, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Civicus, FEMNET, and the Men Engage Alliance

Space for civil society and social movement activism around the world is shrinking. Feminist movements and women human rights defenders face additional layers of oppression due to their critical role of challenging patriarchal societies. Interlinking SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 16 on peaceful societies in Agenda 2030 is crucial to ensuring an enabling environment for the feminist movements and women affected by conflict worldwide and their participation in implementing and realising Agenda 2030.

The discussion will assess the interconnected barriers and systems of oppression for feminist movements that prevent meaningful participation for national action on gender equitable development and peace and provide recommendations on action needed on Goals 5 and 16 to create an enabling environment for the feminist movements worldwide. This will address state and non-state actors, and include recommendations on platforms for meaningful women civil society participation, feminist finance, accountability on disarmament, actions on countering religious fundamentalisms and anti-woman “men’s rights” backlash, and solidarity actions across movements.

Introduction: Lopa Banerjee, UN Women


  • Gabriella Irsten, WILPF Sweden
  • Saba Ghori, Women for Women International
  • Ismail Aziz, Women Deliver Young Leader and  American University Iraq
  • Mabel Bianco, Fundacion para Estudio e Investigation de la Mujer
  • Location: Church Centre United Nations -10th Floor (the corner of 44th and 1st Avenue)

Time: 1:15PM to 3:00PM EST

Access: Open

Facilitator: Crystal Simeoni, FEMNET             


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