CENTRAL RESEARCH HOUSE HOSTS SECOND WORKSHOP ON “WOMEN IN ARMED CONFLICTS: POSITIVE ROLE AND PROTECTION MECHANISMS”
 

CENTRAL RESEARCH HOUSE in cooperation with KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG organized its second workshop on Women in Armed Conflicts: Positive Role and Protection Mechanisms, on May 21st, 2016 at the Smallville Hotel in Badaro – Beirut, with the participation of nine women and one man from political parties, media and civil society sectors. These workshops are part of a project aimed at enabling women to develop their capacities in promoting principles of international protection during armed conflicts, within their communities and their professional circles, and to act as agents of behavioral change.

Topics presented and discussed covered the psychological impact of negative and positive involvement of women in armed conflicts; women, peace and security: UN Security Council Resolutions; and international protection mechanisms during armed conflicts.

Clinical psychologist Rita Merhej presented to participants different roles, responsibilities and challenges women face during armed conflicts, and their psychological and physical implications, in addition to various resilience mechanisms. Merhej stressed the importance of looking at women during war times through the lenses of their strengths and coping mechanisms and not through the classical one i.e vulnerable and victims.

The approach of the international community to violence against women during internal conflicts was presented by CENTRAL RESEARCH HOUSE director Melkar El Khoury, through an analysis of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution constitutes recognition by the international community of the magnitude and seriousness of these crimes reaching the level of threats to international peace and stability.

El Khoury then presented the content of a booklet developed by CENTRAL RESEARCH HOUSE on the rights and protection mechanisms of civilians in times of war. Copies were distributed to participants at the end of the workshop.

 

 
         
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