UN Women Ethiopia Country Office and the Peace and Development Centre welcome submissions of abstracts to be presented at a workshop under the theme The Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Enhanced Participation of Women in Peace and Conflict Resolution in Ethiopia. The workshop will tentatively take place from 22 to 23 November 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop aims to create a platform for key stakeholders to discuss and gain knowledge on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Its target audience are representatives of government entities, international and local CSOs and women’s groups and the media. The workshop’s objective is to increase the participants’ understanding of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda; raise awareness of the importance of having a WPS National Action Plan (NAP) in place; and to ensure that the participants have increased awareness regarding the criticality of women’s participation as effective leaders and peacebuilders for lasting peace. The workshop serves as a platform for different actors to envision a future where women and men equally participate in and are served by peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and recovery efforts and to identify their respective roles in implementing the WPS agenda.

Researchers, policy makers and practitioners on peace, security, conflict resolution, gender equality and women’s empowerment are welcome to submit original research or discussion papers or case studies to the workshop.

The abstracts of research papers, discussion papers or academic case studies are expected to focus on one or more of the following themes and sub-themes. Papers with a focus on Ethiopia are highly encouraged.

  • The normative framework on Women, Peace and Security nationally and internationally
  • Status of awareness and utilization of the WPS Agenda and the UNSCR 1325 framework in Ethiopia.
  • The role of women in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and recovery in Ethiopia

  • Traditional conflict resolution mechanism and the role of women in the past, present and future
  • Gender-sensitive peacekeeping missions
  • Gender-sensitive recovery and reconciliation efforts

  • Protection of women in conflicts (including from conflict-related sexual violence)
  • Civil society’s role in supporting and localizing the WPS agenda
  • The government’s role in supporting the WPS agenda

  • Lessons learned from other countries on developing a WPS NAP
  • Incorporating the WPS agenda into national legislation and policies
  • The level of government’s commitment toward the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda in Ethiopia

  • Submitting an Abstract

  • All abstracts must be submitted by 28 October 2021. Presenters shall give due attention to the key dates and deadlines for preparation and submission of papers as strict adherence is expected.
  • The informative abstract shall present a short summary of your presentation. The abstract to the paper shall not exceed 350 words in length and must be submitted in English. Do not include figures, charts, literature reviews and bibliographies in the abstract. The abstract must at least have the following headings:
  • Introduction

  • Objective
  • Methodology
  • Findings and conclusion
  • Submissions that do not adhere to the requested format may be returned to the authors for re-submission.
  • Only individual submissions will be accepted. Individuals may submit only up to two abstracts across all thematic issues.
  • The abstracts will be reviewed as they are submitted and once an abstract is submitted, revision to the text either grammatically or content wise is not allowed.
  • Abstracts submitted to or presented at other national or international conferences may be submitted. However, the presenter shall clearly indicate with its submission the details of its previous presentation status.
  • Abstracts must be submitted via email to nega.gerbaba@unwomen.org and maija.santalahti@unwomen.org. Upon receiving the abstracts, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • The decision of the selection committee in relation to the paper selection process is final. The selection will be made by 27 October at the latest and communicated via email.

    Key dates and deadlines

  • Call for Abstracts opens: 17 October 2021
  • Call for Abstracts closes: 29 October 2021
  • Notification to authors: 3 November 2021
  • Submission of final Presentation Paper: 15 November 2021
  • Logistical arrangements: 16-18 November 2021
  • Presentation of the papers at the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Enhanced Participation of Women in Peace and Conflict Resolution in Ethiopia workshop in Addis Ababa: 22-23, November 2021

    Terms and Conditions

    Submission of abstracts implies the author’s agreement to publish the abstract in all Conference publications including UN Women website.

    Acceptance of abstracts does not imply any payment from UN Women. However, UN Women will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals for the selected presenters for the duration of the workshop. In addition, the selected papers will receive an award of 30,000 ETB. The award will be given upon final presentation of the paper as a lump sum amount.

    PUBLISHED ON Oct 25,2021 [ VOL 22 , NO 1122]

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