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Decisions on economic priorities before, during and after conflict, are often linked to political decision making structures, but not always. Key economic decisions on physical rebuilding priorities, and on creating or recreating economic activity can too easily end up being taken by patriarchal power structures that existed pre-conflict which do not help sustain progress towards transitional justice. We are looking for ideas on how to change pre-conflict structures, how to ensure women are at the forefront of key economic decisions and to highlight what has worked on the ground in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Please answer the following questions:
- How do women prioritise for economic reconstruction?
- What are the differences between women’s perspectives and existing state and international models that are often instituted post-conflict?
- What good examples are there that have led to increased participation of women in the economy and in economic decision making, including eg rebuilding priorities? What worked? What didn’t work?
- How can we ensure that rapid economic recovery increases women’s economic opportunities? What specific measures have worked? What obstacles have you met?
- What was the impact? what happened that was different?
- Was there any outside support that was particularly important? Are there lessons to learn from the timing of that support? What support might have helped but wasn’t forthcoming?
- How were men engaged? What worked?
- Can new technologies help women’s empowerment in recovery situations? If so, how? Can they help ensure inclusion?
- How can we ensure that the needs and views of the most marginalized are included? What good examples are there of including disabled women, LGBTQI communities?
- What role can data play in improving women’s participation in the economy and in economic decision making?
I would like to thank everyone who took out time to participate in this last week of consultation. Your depth of knowledge, field experiences, insights, perspectives, doable recommendations contributed to the richness of the conversation. The inputs given by all of you from very diverse countries and region like Maldives, Syria, Mauritius, Nigeria, China, USA, Yemen, Indian Kashmir, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Niger, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Indonesia, El Salvador are informative, innovative and enlightening.
Here is the summary of some of the key ideas and points:
Hope that UN and other international entities will develop, implement and fund programs that can transform structures, processes, institutions and values thus paving the way for women socio-political and economic empowerment and their leadership in all spheres of society.