Women Leaders from Conflict Areas Convene for Kennedy School Executive Program

January 17, 2008

Women from conflict zones throughout the world gathered at the Kennedy School this week for the 9th annual Women and Security Executive Program, co-sponsored by the School's Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP).

The executive program brings together some thirty women leaders to share strategies, sharpen skills, and shape public policy. The participants bring a wealth of expertise in government, civil society, academic research, and community organizing.

Four of the women -- from Afghanistan, Colombia, Israeli, and the Palestinian territories, shared their stories at a public Forum Wednesday night. The discussion, titled "Engendering Peace: Security Through an Inclusive Lens," was moderated by Swanee Hunt, WAPPP director and adjunct lecturer in public policy.

Watch the Forum on streaming video: http://iopforum.harvard.edu:8080/ramgen/fr20080116peace.rm

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Forum participants discuss women and security (from L-to-R): Martha Lucia Ramirez (Colombia), senator in the Congress of Colombia; Wazhma Frogh (Afghanistan), gender and development specialist for the Canadian International Development Agency; Amal Jadou (Palestine), Director-general of international affairs at the Office of the President of Palestine; Israela Oron (Israel), retired Brigadier General and analyst and commentator on security and strategic affairs; Swanee Hunt (Kennedy School), program moderator.