In order to ensure success, peace processes must include “Women at the Table.” The fifth and final Sheikha Fatima lecture brought together women from many walks of life to show how they are contributing to the advancement and stability of their societies as a whole. One of the main pillars of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 amplifies the participation of women in all aspects of decision-making on peace and security issues. Progress is being made as women around the world engage more and more in peacebuilding as mediators, negotiators, community leaders and political activists. This lectureship broadened that scope to include the peacebuilders in in science, sports, and law. The lectureship convened a table of remarkable women, all working towards peace at their respective “tables.”
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