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Elevating Women’s Leadership for Effective Transboundary Water Cooperation

20 June 2023
Washington, DC

The United States Institute of Peace, the Environmental Law Institute and the Stockholm International Water Institute will host a conversation on women’s leadership in water diplomacy. In honor of the second International Day of Women in Diplomacy, women water diplomats from around the world will discuss water conflict sensitivities, share lessons learned and enumerate paths forward for peace.

20 June 2023

Research shows that including women in peace processes makes agreements more durable and leads to lower instances of conflict. Despite this, less than 10 percent of negotiators in peace processes are women — and in transboundary water management, women are specifically underrepresented, especially at higher levels of decision-making. However, entities such as the Women in Water Diplomacy Network are looking to change this by supporting a community of practice focused on empowerment, peer-to-peer learning and collective advocacy for formal and informal women water diplomats, with a focus in conflict-sensitive regions such as the Nile Basin, Central Asia and Afghanistan, among others.

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