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2 November 2017, 5 pm, University of Berne, Kuppelraum

Effective participation of women in peace processes - Women's PeaceTable in Switzerland

02.11.2017 - 02.11.2017, Berne, Switzerland

The last of the thirty Women's PeaceTables will take place in Switzerland. PWAG has invited Miriam Coronel Ferrer to Switzerland to participate in this.

Professor Coronel Ferrer, the Philippine peace expert, was one of the first women to sign a peace treaty with a rebel group. She will report at the Women's PeaceTable in Switzerland on her experience as the chief negotiator of the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The Swiss Peace Table will highlight the demands of women from all over the world!

With the participation of Ambassador Heidi Grau (Head of Human Security, FDFA), Dr Thania Paffenholz (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Margret Kiener Nellen (National Councillor), we will discuss how Switzerland can support these demands and promote the effective participation of women in peace processes.

You are cordially invited to the event and also to the Apéro afterwards!


17.00 : Opening of the Peace Table in Switzerland - Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold (Co-President PWAG) 

17.05 : Welcoming Speech - Ambassador Heidi Grau

17.15 : Keynote 1 : Meaningful Participation of Women in the Philippines – Experiences of the Chief Negotiators Miriam   Coronel Ferrer

17.35 :  Keynote 2 : Women in Peace Processes: Beyond a Seat at the Negotiation Table -  Dr. Thania Paffenholz

17.55 : No Women No Peace: 30 Women's PeaceTables across the Globe - Flurina Derungs (Director PWAG)

18.15 : Panel Discussion with Heidi Grau, Miriam Coronel Ferrer, Thania   Paffenholz, Margret   Kiener Nellen 

18.40 : Questions from audience - Flurina Derungs

18.55 : Closing of the Women's PeaceTable in Switzerland- Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold 

Ambassador Heidi Grau is Head of the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Heidi Grau is known for her role as the head of the OSCE Chairmanship Task Force during Switzerland’s chairmanship in 2014. Some of her diplomatic career postings are the Swiss Embassy in Moscow, the Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York and the post as Ambassador and Chef de Cabinet of the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Miriam Coronel Ferrer is professor of political science at the University of the Philippines and one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Ms Ferrer was the chairperson of the peace panel of the Government of the Philippines in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. She is among the first woman chief negotiators in the world to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group. Between 30 October and 3 November 2017, she will undertake a speaking tour of Switzerland. Joint events with PWAG partners include a master class for peace building practitioners in Bern, a high-level breakfast on countering violent extremism and the role of women in Geneva, a lunch lecture on the situation in the Philippines in Geneva, exchanges with politicians, with High School students and media interviews as well as the Women's PeaceTable in Switzerland. 

Dr. Thania Paffenholz is the Director of the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. With over 25 years of experience as both an academic and policy advisor, Dr. Paffenholz is internationally renowned for her work on and in support of peace and political transition processes worldwide, focusing on mediation and peacebuilding, process design, inclusion and participation, as well as the conditions under which these processes produce sustainable outcomes. In recognition of her work, Dr. Paffenholz received the prestigious Wihuri International Prize in 2015. 

Margret Kiener Nellen is a member of National Council since 2003 for the socialist party. She chairs the Finance Committee and the Delegation at the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and acts as vice-chair of the Swiss OSCE-delegation. Margret Kiener Nellen is a practising attorney in Berne and an experienced human rights lawyer (for IPU worldwide and ICJ specifically in South East Asia). She serves on the Board of PeaceWomen Across the Globe since 2009. 

In German and English with translation. avl interpreters carries out the simultaneous translation German – English and vice versa.

Information on the Peace Table in Switzerland can be found on the PWAG Facebook-Events Calendar.