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IPI together with Inclusive Security and the Permanent Mission of Estonia will co-hoste a policy forum on constitution making in the wake of conflict and unrest

26.03.2018

On Monday, March 26th, IPI together with Inclusive Security and the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations, are cohosting a policy forum on constitution making in the wake of conflict and unrest.

Even as fighting rages in Syria, constitution making has become part of the peace process. In Sri Lanka, constitutional reform could address a conflict’s root causes or deepen war’s old wounds.

Constitution making is a frequent feature of peace and transition processes: new research from Inclusive Security finds 75 countries undertook significant constitutional reform in the wake of conflict or unrest between 1990 and 2015. Yet the potential for constitution making to transform conflict depends, in part, on who gets to participate. Despite increasing emphasis on inclusive approaches, only one in five constitution drafters in these settings is a woman.

How does constitution making relate to peacebuilding? What are the challenges and opportunities for inclusive constitutional reform in practice? Where have women exerted influence on the process, and what impact did they have?

This event will explore research and case studies on women’s roles in constitution making; personal experiences of facilitating participatory approaches in Tunisia and Nepal; and implications for peace and security in Syria, Sri Lanka, and beyond.

Welcoming Remarks:
H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN

Speakers:
Ms. Mariam Jalabi, Founding Member, Syrian Women’s Political Movement; Representative, Syrian Opposition Coalition Office to the United Nations
Ms. Amira Yahyaoui, Founder, Al Bawsala
Mr. Rohan Edrisinha, Senior Political and Constitutional Advisor, UN Department of Political Affairs
Ms. Marie O’Reilly, Director of Research and Analysis, Inclusive Security

Moderator:
Dr. Sarah Taylor, Research Fellow, International Peace Institute

More info: https://www.ipinst.org/2018/03/inclusive-constitution-making-path-to-peace?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic_social&utm_campaign=US_IPI_outreach_events&utm_content=link

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