The Cyprus Peace Process

Engi co-founder Yeshim Harris has played a leading role in the revival of the Cyprus Peace Process and is currently providing support to initiatives that increase the role of women in the process. 

In November 2016 Yeshim co-led an international conference in Cyprus that brought together women experts in politics with a wide range of civil society organisations that embraced international, Turkish Cypriot, Greek Cypriot, Maronite, Armenian and other nationalities living in Cyprus. 
The meeting achieved the following:

1. To gain a better understanding of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. This is a landmark international legal framework that addresses not only the inordinate impact of violent conflict on women, but also the pivotal role they should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. The group worked to understand what 1325 means, why it matters and - crucially - how it can be applied to the everyday lives of women in Cyprus. 
2. To bring together women on the island and build their solidarity across the four pillars of UNSCR 1325 to develop an integrated and inclusive dialogue on women in a post-agreement Cyprus. As a result of the conference a ‘White Book’ was produced that offers a set of good practices to promote the women, peace and security agenda as a core dimension of the larger Cyprus peacebuilding process.