ERMES III Project — "Women on the Frontlines: Lessons Learnt from Syria and Yemen", New York

Building upon the organization of the High-Level Dialogue between Yemeni and Syrian Female Representatives — "Advancing Women’s Role in Peace Processes", which took place in Brussels from 3 to 5 December 2018 — the College of Europe Development Office, through the framework of the EU-funded ERMES III project, provided logistical support to six prominent Syrian and Yemeni women leaders in order for them to attend the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Importantly, these six women were the panellists of a side event hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in cooperation with the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the EEAS Mediation Support Team (PRISM) on 12 March 2019: "Women on the Frontlines: Lessons Learnt from Syria and Yemen". This event was held in the framework of the ministerial segment of the Commission on the Status of Women and was focused on underlining the role of women in peace processes, mediation and peace-building.

During the event, the six panellists —representing civil society, human rights, women empowerment and politics initiatives from Syria and Yemen — highlighted with their insightful speeches the significance of accountability and justice, the vital role and impact of women’s activities during conflicts and the need for further visibility of their actions. The event was chaired and moderated by Ms Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, alongside with Ms Phumzile MLAMBO-NGCUKA, Executive Director of UN Women. The former, praising the 'extremely courageous' women attending the panel, focused on the importance of preparing and preserving sustainable peace, where women could be considered as the most powerful peace-making elements in conflict resolution.

ERMES III is an EU project financed by the FPI's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. The College of Europe is the consortium leader in charge of implementing the project. The other consortium members are leading organizations specialized in mediation and dialogue: the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), ESSEC IRENÉ, Fondation Hirondelle, Interpeace, and MediatEUr.


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