Gender Symposia During Donor Conferences: A Model to Guarantee Women Leaders a Voice in Setting Priorities for Reconstruction (Updated)

Carla Koppell with Jacqueline O'Neill | July 2010

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Despite women’s central importance to reconstruction, they are regularly marginalized by the donor assistance pledging process. A gender symposium held in conjunction with an international donor conference can help provide women and civil society with a voice in reconstruction. In conjunction with recent donor conferences for Afghanistan, Liberia and Sudan, Inclusive Security organized gender symposia that focused attention on female leaders and on women’s needs and priorities in reconstruction. This policy brief assesses those symposia and offers recommendations for replicating their success.

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