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    1 July 2016


    Media representatives are invited to the

    Women Higher Education for Peace Vienna Forum


    5 - 6 July 2016

    M Building (Room M1), Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    The first Women Higher Education for Peace Vienna Forum will be held at the Vienna International Centre on 5 and 6 July 2016. The Forum, which is organized by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) at Vienna, will bring together more than 500 participants from all over the globe, including professionals working in disarmament, non-proliferation and development within various international organizations, the private sector and the NGO community.

    The aim of the event is to support the participation of women in peace-related decision-making processes. The Forum will be complemented by a job fair, showcasing career opportunities in peace-related fields, as well as building bridges between young professionals and potential employers. The event is part of a wider initiative called "Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South" which provides training courses for women from the Global South.


    The United Nations Security Council has recognized that it is critical that women participate in decision-making processes in the international peace and security arena (UNSCR 1325). Unfortunately, there is a clear gender gap in this area.

    It is important for both men and women to encourage the participation of women on peace-related questions, in developing public policies and laws, as well as in decision making processes.

    The Women Higher Education for Peace Vienna Forum aims at bringing attention to this subject.

    Media accreditation: Media representatives who wish to attend and who are not already accredited to the VIC should write to press[at] before Monday, 4 July 12:00 noon.


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    For more information and interview requests, please contact:

    Katharina Goetze
    Associate Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4949
    Email: katharina.goetze[at]