International Conference on “The Role of Women in Peace-Building, Reconciliation and Accountability in Iraq”

Erbil, Kurdistan-Iraq, 27-28 January 2011


Day 1:             27 January 2011

8:30 – 9:00                  Coffee and registration at the Conference Centre
9:00 – 11:30  Welcome Remarks:
Statement on behalf of H.E. Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region
Dr. Kamal Kirkuki, Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament-Iraq
Hon. Sheikh Khaled Al-Attiyah
H.E. Bushra Al-Zwaini on behalf of H.E. Nouri Al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq
United Nations, H.E. Ad Melkert, The Secretary General’s Special Representative to Iraq
H.E. Hon. Emma Bonino, Vice-President of the Italian Senate and founder of No Peace Without Justice
Amb. Gerardo Carante, Ambassador of Italy to Iraq
Arab League, H.E. Amb. Ahmed Naji Shagham
Organisation of Islamic Conference
H.E. Safia Al-Souhail, Representing the Women’s Caucus of the Iraqi Council of Representatives
Ms. Wisal Salim, Representing the Women, Child, and Family Committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives
Ms. Nabila Hamza, Foundation for the Future
Ms. Dina Melhem, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
Dr. Niccoló Figá-Talamanca, No Peace Without Justice
Mr. Bakhtiar Amin, International Alliance for Justice
11:30 – 13:00             Plenary Panel: The Role of Women in Reconciliation, Accountability, and Peace-Building
Moderators: Inam Abdul Majed and Bakhtiar Amin
International Expert Panel: Anou Borrey, Rola Dashti, Mona Makram-Ebeid, Nicole Fritz, Nabila Hamza, Kathryn Cameron Porter, Dawn Purvis, Grethe Rostbøll, Teuta Sahatqija, Sima Samar
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch at Conference Centre
(During lunch: press-briefing by the organisers)
15:00 – 17:00 Thematic Sessions on:
Women and Political Participation

This session will consider obstacles to the political participation of women as well as strategies for promoting gender equality in politics.
Co-Chairs: Hon. Sheikh Khaled Al-Attiyah and Hanaa Edward

15:00—15:15   Introduction
Nahala Al-Nadawi and Hamdia Al-Husseini

15:15—16:15   Discussion
Facilitators: Rola Dashti, Elisabeth Møller Jensen, Jestina Mukoko, Amb. Carl Magnus Nesser, Dawn Purvis, Grethe Rostbøll, Teuta Sahatqija,
Amb. Bronislava Tomasova

16:15—16:45   Next Steps and Recommendations

Equality before the Law and Access to Justice

This session will consider legislative and institutional reforms designed to secure women’s equality before the law and access to justice.
Co-Chairs: Dr. Fouzia Al-Attiyah & Shirwan Heideri

15:00—15:15   Introduction
Bouchra Al-Obaidi, Pakhshan Zangana, and Layla Al-Khafaji

15:15—16:15   Discussion
Facilitators: Niemat Ahmadi, Nicole Fritz, Jennifer MacLeod, Aisling Reidy, Sima Samar,

16:15—16:45   Next Steps and Recommendations
16:45 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:00             Plenary Panel: Feedback and Impressions on Day 1
                                                Co-Chairs: Ali Shlah and Itab Al-Duri
17:00—17:30   International Expert Panel:
  Lina Zedriga Waru Abuku, Valnora Edwin, Alicia Luisiardo
17:30—18:00   Discussion
18:00                           Transfer to Hotels
20:00                           Conference Dinner hosted by the Kurdistan Regional Government

Day 2:             28 January 2011

9:00 – 9:30                  Arrival and coffee at the Conference venue
9.30 – 10.15                Reporting Plenary: Report and Presentation of Recommendations from the Thematic Sessions of Day 1, and Presentation of the Thematic Sessions of Day 2
Co-Chairs: Ala Talabani and Jala Naftchi
10:15 – 12:00 Thematic Sessions on:
Accountability, Reconciliation, and Gender-Based Violence

This session will highlight violence and abuse suffered disproportionately by women during and after conflict, and explore strategies for securing accountability and redress for reconciliation
Co-Chairs: Adnan Mufti and Manal Finjan
10:15—10:30   Introduction
Sahir Abdel Hadi (UNFPA), Salama Al-Khafaji, and Suzanne Arif

10:30—11:30   Discussion
Facilitators: Ana Gomes, Elisabet Hellsten, Arnold Luethold, Alicia Luisiardo

11:30—12:00   Next Steps and Recommendations

Women in Public Life and Institutions

This session will discuss the promotion of women’s rights in the context of public life and institutions, including education, health-care, and the economy.
Co-Chairs: Ghada Al-Amili, Yonadam Kanna, and Jwan Akram Amee

10:15—10:30   Introduction
Athmar Shaker Majid, Amira Al-Baldawi & Suha Al-Azzawi

10:30—11:30   Discussion
Facilitators: Lina Zedriga Waru Abuku, Niemat Ahmadi, Valnora Edwin, Erin Houlihan, Kathryn Cameron Porter

11:30—12:00   Next Steps and Recommendations

12:00 – 12:15 Coffee break
12.15 – 13.30              Reporting Plenary: Report and Presentation of Recommendations from the Thematic Sessions of Day 2 and Selection of the Drafting Committee                 
Co-Chairs: Nada Al-Sudani and Tayam Ahmad Mohammad Ameen
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch at the Conference Centre
15:00 – 16:15 Plenary Discussion: Follow-up and Coordination of the Next Steps
Co-Chairs: Safia Al-Souhail and H.E. Dr. Kamal Kirkuki
This session will allow participants to discuss and co-ordinate future initiatives that build on conference discussions and facilitate the implementation of the recommendations identified during discussions.
In the meanwhile, the Drafting Committee will meet to harmonise the recommendations of each session into a single outcome document for presentation to the Conference Plenary.
15:00—15:30 Expert Panel:
Valnora Edwin, Jestina Mukoko, Nancy Sadiq, Marlyn Tadros, Linda Duffield, Yoshiaki Sasaki
Turning principles into action: Iraqi and international experts will present first-hand
experiences of organising to promote actionable strategies for gender equality.
                                    15:30—16:15 Discussion
16:15—16:30 Coffee Break
16:30—17:00              Final Plenary Session: Report from the Drafting Committee and Discussion of Final Outcomes and Recommendations
Moderators: Bakhtiar Amin and Niccoló Figá-Talamanca
17:30 – 18:00             Press Conference
18:00                           Transfer to the Hotels
20:00                           Farewell Dinner
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