In September 2018, activists from six countries in the Middle East and Africa convened in Beirut for a workshop on women, peace, and security. The event, which was hosted by WLP’s Lebanese partner organization, the Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A), created a multinational network of advocates to bring women to peacebuilding.
The 27 participants were from Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Nigeria, Syria, and Turkey; all of them work with refugee or internally displaced populations, and a number of them are refugees themselves. They were selected for their activist credentials and their demonstrated interest in taking on leadership roles in their communities. The four-day workshop allowed the attendees to make connections with women in their region and beyond, sharing knowledge that will help them establish peace and gender equality in their communities.