Reception at Buckingham Palace for ‘Women Peacebuilders’

Today in the afternoon, The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for International Woman’s Day 2019 to highlight the vital role women play in building peace in countries affected by conflict.

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The reception celebrated women from all over the world working to achieve peace, and bring together survivors of conflict, representatives from Human Rights at Foreign and Commonwealth Office, charities and United Nations agencies to show support and encourage women’s role in peacebuilding efforts.

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Today was also a chance to share ideas and encourage more women to participate in peacebuilding across the world. The Countess has been learning more about this area in recent months – meeting key people working to prevent & respond to sexual violence in conflict.

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The Countess has been learning about how UK initiatives help put more women and girls at the centre of conflict resolution, encouraging women’s participation in building peace and supporting survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

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Research shows that peace agreements are 35% more likely to last at least 15 years if women are involved in negotiations. But analysis shows that between 1990 and 2017, women made up only 2% of mediators, 8% of peace negotiators and 5% of witnesses and signatories in all major peace processes.

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At the reception, The Countess has met some remarkable women peacebuilders – Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) is an innovative new network of women mediators coming together to exchange and learn from each other, and to advocate for the increased representation of women in peace processes globally.

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Today’s reception was a perfect opportunity fot The Countess of Wessex to announce her commitment to champion the UK’s work on Women, Peace and Security and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.

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Addressing an audience of women peacebuilders, academics, representatives from NGOs, charities & UN agencies, The Countess pledged her commitment:

As someone who firmly believes in the equality of men and women, I feel drawn to your cause and to do what I can to help raise further awareness of your work. To help give voice to women and girls who are being denied their fundamental rights as humans and are being subjected to harm and violence as a result of conflict, to promote those who seek to play a part in finding peace, and to support others as they attempt to rebuild their lives.

Therefore I am publicly committing myself to doing what I can to champion and support WPS and PSVI and make this a central pillar of my work in the coming months and years.

You will find Sophie’s speech here. The Countess of Wessex has written for the Telegraph ahead of International Women’s Day “Why I’m joining the fight to end the silence around women in conflict”, you will find that post/article here. There’s a follow up article by Camilla Tominey, on why “Countess of Wessex teams up with Angelina Jolie to end rape and sexual violence in war zones” – click here.

photo by Human Rights at FCO (@FCOHumanRights) shared via Twitter

On a private note, I’m glad HRH is taking a serious role and stand in this fight. Sophie’s speech was passionate, and I do hope that she can bring awarness to the cause. Thank you to Rebecca English for covering HRH’s recepetion, you will find more details in her article, click here.

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3 thoughts on “Reception at Buckingham Palace for ‘Women Peacebuilders’

  1. Bel

    What an inspirational speech from Sophie. Read today HM has bestowed another title on Prince Edward and as such on Sophie too. A sign HM has such faith in all they do, with little appreciation and acknowledgement from the press (sadly) A lovely post, thank you Anna. Bel x

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