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More than 100 Arab female leaders and activists met in Amman, Jordan, from Oct. 26 to 29 to participate in a regional training and discussion on women, peace and security. The event was held to address the role of women in peace building and to help ensure women’s participation, inclusion and security in related processes.

“We need to guarantee that women have a platform through which they can engage in any meetings for peace and security,” Hibaaq Osman, the founder and CEO of Karama, one of the event organizers, told Women’s eNews in Amman. “Over four days, we were able to launch a regional network on women, peace and security prioritizing this solidarity and the amplification of these constituencies in key dialogues and processes.”

In addition to Karama, an organization based in Cairo that’s working on ending violence against women by expanding women’s role in decision making, politics and peace building, the event was organized in partnership with the UN Fund for Gender Equality and the UNDP.

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