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Building a Lasting Peace: Where Are the Women? (Nov. 5, 2014)

Presented in partnership with The Elders, "Building a Lasting Peace: Where are the Women" opens with a three-minute video about The Elders' work around the world. This short video is followed by an introduction from Carter Center CEO, Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters, who moderates the following stimulating discussion and Q&A on what can be done to prevent conflicts, combat negative cultural norms, and ensure that women are part of peace-making efforts.

Program Description
The first panel looks into the alternatives to violence and extremism being proposed by women. What role can women play to prevent conflicts from breaking out? How do we involve women at the grassroots?

Panelists include:

-Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
-Mary Robinson, first woman president of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
-Asha Haji Elmi, peace activist and member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia
-Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, a leading international advocate, researcher, and trainer on conflict prevention and training

The second panel discusses the role of women in peace negotiations and peace-building efforts. How can we ensure that women are involved in peace processes? What cultural norms are preventing women from taking up their place at the decision-making table?

Panelists include:

-Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
-Hina Jilani, leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and human rights champion
-Jessica Neuworth, founder of Equality Now
-Manal Omar, acting vice president, Center for Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace

This event promotes the recommendations on women's role in peace building set out in President Carter's acclaimed recent book "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Learn more about the Center's Human Rights Program:

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.

Founded in 2007, The Elders are a group of independent leaders, convened by Nelson Mandela, who work together for peace and human rights. There are 12 Elders including President Carter, Kofi Annan (Chair of The Elders), and Mary Robinson.

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