Kennedy School Program Offers Proponents of Peace Forum to Share, Learn

   •    January 9, 2007

This article was originally published by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

As Iraq’s first post-Saddam minister of the environment, Dr. Mishkat al-Moumin MPA06 has had to overcome her share of challenges: building a ministry from scratch, defying death threats and surviving attacks on her life, all while helping her country overcome years of environmental abuse. Yet the former Mason fellow and lecturer at Baghdad University College of Law found she still had plenty to learn from the more than two dozen fellow women leaders gathered at the Kennedy School this week for the Women and Security Executive Program.

“I have seen what other women did, I have seen what strategies they used, I started putting myself in their shoes,” Dr. al-Moumin said after the final faculty session Thursday, “Women Shaping Society,” presented by Amb. Swanee Hunt, founder of the program and director of the Women and Public Policy Program.

The program, now in its seventh year, recognizes the important, but often unrecognized, role women play in reducing conflicts and creating the conditions for sustainable peace.

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