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Untapped Potential: Women, Leadership, and Water Diplomacy in the Middle East

The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Middle East Program, with co-sponsor EcoPeace Middle East, held a discussion on the inclusion of women in water leadership and diplomacy in the Middle East. A panel of experts shared remarks on the enhancement of regional diplomacy and a movement for inclusive resource decision-making.

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Wednesday
Jun. 9, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am ET

Overview

Women play a critical role in water resource management and decision-making at the community level. Yet, they are often absent from high-level water-related negotiations and agreements. By excluding women from the decision-making processes, the sustainability and effectiveness of these agreements—which are essential to broader peace and security—is undermined. In the Middle East, one of the most water insecure regions in the world, women are emerging as powerful voices advocating for a peaceful and prosperous future for the region. What steps can country leaders and stakeholders take to ensure that women’s leadership is realized in water diplomacy? 

The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Middle East Program, with co-sponsor EcoPeace Middle East, held a discussion on the inclusion of women in water leadership and diplomacy in the Middle East. A panel of experts shared remarks on the enhancement of regional diplomacy and a movement for inclusive resource decision-making.  

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Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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