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ISOKO Webinar

On March 19, ISOKO and the NGOWG on Women and Youth for Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (ISOKO) brought together a diverse group of nearly 30 regional and global experts, practitioners, and innovators from research, policy, and civil society, all working toward advancing gender equality and peace and security in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The meeting had been scheduled to be held as part of the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York on March 9, 2020. Due to concerns over the coronavirus, however, the Commission suspended the Session and the meeting was instead held online through the meeting platform Zoom with the support of MenEngage Alliance. The goal of the meeting was to provide a regional roadmap for building lasting peace through proven strategies to promote gender equality using the ‘Women and Men as Partners’ model in order to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.  The gathering aimed to facilitate new thinking combined with proven programs, calls for co-creation, networking and new partnerships that will accelerate progress towards building sustainable peace. Emphasis was put on interaction, input and idea exchange and provided a space for participants to sample the extraordinary work currently underway by partners throughout the Region. Regional advocates were invited to share their field experiences and promising practices in implementing the women and men as partners model. Discussions explored recently completed research, policy and action to promote and further implement this model. A space was provided for questions to program presenters and sparked a lively debate. Visualization and Policy of ISOKO was launched, and whose work will continue beyond this conference. This work builds on previous work in the Region of women and men in partnership for the promotion of peace and to end violence against women.  A report of the webinar may be accessed here.