The European Union’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, on 16 September hosted women leaders from almost 20 countries as part of a two-day meeting in Brussels on “The Role of Women in Peace and Transition Processes“.

The participants discussed the role of youth and women in the fields of conflict prevention, mediation, political transition processes, and peace-building. They also discussed common challenges, including the lack of physical protection for peace-builders and the need for easier access to funds for women when they involved in peace and security initiatives.

Mogherini emphasised that the European Union was committed to working towards having women account for a minimum of a third of all EU activities related to peace initiatives. In this context, Brussels has already launched various initiatives and projects that include coaching and mentoring activities for women leaders from around the world.