From 17-19 November, WRN Board Member Rita Manchanda attended the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, gathering more than 300 high-level delegates to discuss North Atlantic perspectives on security and strengthen strategic cooperation among democracies.
Ms. Manchanda presented on the panel “Real Conflict Solutions: The World After Vancouver” Canadian Defense Minister Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, President of Kosova Hashim Thaçi, and moderated by Moderator Jacqueline O'Neill, President of Inclusive Security. Her presentation focused on the role of civil society in peacekeeping, advocating for strengthening consultative mechanisms with civil society for determining missions to improve mission legitimacy and fit.
She also spoke about going beyond numbers and enabling women to fully and equally participate in decision making processes. Gender must be integrated at every level of program operation, she told General Jonathan Vance (NATO Gender Advisor in Afghanistan), and operations must be linked with civil society women.
She quoted Sima Samar saying, “You ignored us during the conflict because we did not have guns, and now in peacemaking you ignore us because we have no guns.”