Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation in Political Movements and Electoral Processes


Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations

633 Third Avenue (between 40th and 41st St.) 29th Floor


This panel discussion will provide a forum to exchange locally-driven experiences and good practices on strengthening synergies to better support interlinked action on women’s meaningful participation for peace in informal and formal spaces around elections processes, as well as identify multi-level challenges and barriers that continue to prevent women’s participation across different sectors. Bringing together women peace leaders from Afghanistan, Colombia, Cameroon and Syria, participants will share recommendations for what the UN Security Council, UN Agencies and Member States can do to realise their WPS obligations and mobilise key stakeholders to strengthen coordinated action on women’s meaningful participation to address structural obstacles and root causes of conflict and violence.


Welcome: Deputy Permanent Ambassador, Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations

Introduction: Abigail Ruane, WILPF Women, Peace and Security Programme Director

Facilitator: Tanya Henderson, Peace is Loud/ Mina’s List


  • Sylvie Ndongmo, President of WILPF Cameroon and coordinator of Women Situation Room Cameroon

  • Katherine Ronderos, President of WILPF Colombia (LIMPAL) and member of the National Summit of Women and Peace (Cumbre Nacional de Mujeres y Paz)

  • Jamila Afghani, President of WILPF Afghanistan and founder of NECDO

  • Mariam Jalabi, Co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement


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