Mina’s List seeks to build just and peaceful societies by advancing women’s political leadership and participation globally. We are committed to realizing women’s equal and substantive representation in national governments around the world.
2020: Channel made a grant to Mina’s List to support their organizing a week-long Afghan Women’s Peace Forum to run in conjunction with the second round of formal Afghan peace talks. Mina’s List is partnering with UN Women Afghanistan and the Afghan Women’s Network to organize and promote the Peace Forum for a diverse group of 150-200 Afghan women. The Forum is a result of many conversations/meetings and multiple concept note drafts. The Peace Forum will follow a similar format as the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) providing one large venue to house multiple ‘side events’ planned and hosted by Afghan women’s groups and advocates, “thereby raising the collective profile and impact of them all.”
The objectives of the Peace Forum are to “(i.) create an opportunity for multiple and diverse women and women’s groups to independently participate in the peace process; (ii.) strengthen the collective impact of each individual or group’s work; (iii.) leverage the impact of available resources; and (iiiv.) amplify Afghan women’s united message for sustainable and just peace.”
The plan is to host the Peace Forum in-person in the country where the official negotiations are being held, or, alternatively, given the challenges of the global pandemic, to host the Forum in Afghanistan as a Women’s Peace Jirga if the women participants are unable to travel outside of the country or get visas due to Covid (or other) concerns.
The Peace Forum process hopes to have the following outcomes:
- Increase the inclusion of diverse Afghan women and women’s perspectives in the peace process;
- Strengthen unity between diverse groups of Afghan women towards a collective goal of just and sustainable peace;
- Increase collaboration between Afghan women advocates and international allies.