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Vartan Hall, The Armenian Convention Center
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Linking Feminist Peace, Sustainable Development, and Postwar Infrastructure Reconstruction is a parallel event cosponsored by the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) at the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.

CSW63 Themes:

  • Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
  • Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session).


This interactive panel discussion and workshop will bring together women civil society leaders and scholars to discuss the ways that current approaches to infrastructure reconstruction in post-war countries too often exacerbate the country’s pre-existing gendered inequalities. We will show how feminist policymaking on issues such as roads, mobility, public transportation, water and energy infrastructure and urban planning can instead work to empower women and foster greater gender equality and sustainable development.

Our topic examines how the post-war reconstruction of sustainable infrastructure can enhance social protection, access to public services, and women’s and girls’ economic well-being and empowerment. Our topic links to the sustainable development theme as well, as it focuses on decentralized and environmentally appropriate infrastructure solutions that can foster sustainable livelihoods for women. It advances these themes by developing new policy solutions and a framework of engagement with crucial policy institutions to implement them. We expect to bring civil society perspectives to bear on a developing framework of engagement with international financial institutions, international development organizations and governmental and intergovernmental institutions in regard to postwar infrastructure development. We also aim to further develop a network of activists for whom the integration of sustainable, gender-equitable infrastructure reconstruction would be not just valuable but essential to their work integrating peacebuilding and sustainable development.

Analyzing the gendered impacts of the reconstruction of transportation, energy and water infrastructure, and designing alternative approaches, is a key part of the Consortium’s Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace project. WILPF applies political economy analysis to reframe the dynamics of post-conflict power structures, focusing on transformative justice and the realization of ESCRs. It examines the role of IFIs and development policies from a gender perspective, focusing on the need for local participation and design.

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