Diversity Matters: Gender and inclusion in peace and war

The Nobel Peace Prize launches this year’s Oslo Pax under the theme of Diversity Matters: Gender and inclusion in peace and war.

The peace conference will take place on 7 October 2020, during the same week as the announcement of the Nobel Prizes for 2020. It will focus on how civil society, private sector and policy makers can work together to reach the goals of gender equality and diversity.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It also marks 25 years since the Beijing Platform, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. It is also the beginning of the Decade of Action, with just ten years to go to deliver on the global Sustainable Development Goals. 

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

As we mark the anniversary of 1325, we will not only look back at goals achieved, but also look ahead, on the work that remains. Between 1992 and 2018, women constituted only 13 percent of negotiators, 3 percent of mediators and only 4 percent of signatories in major peace processes, and women still make up only 4.2 percent of military personnel in peacekeeping missions. At the same time, women’s rights are under pressure internationally and conflict-related sexual violence continues to rise, unabated.

Because of the proliferation and changing nature of our present-day challenges to peace, space is needed for leaders, experts, and peace workers to come together to advance peacebuilding.

"There is no doubt that the business sector has an important role to play in building democratic and peaceful societies."
- Kjersti Fløgstad, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center

“To reach the goals of gender equality and diversity, and to empower and protect women, we need cooperation and partnerships between the private sector, civil society and policy makers. Therefore, we invite members of different sectors to meet, talk and work together to exchange best practices and create the new solutions for the future”, says Fløgstad.

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

A hybrid peace conference, happening both at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and digitally across the world, Diversity Matters gather businesses and civil society, changemakers and Nobel laureates. Among the speakers are Nobel Peace Prize laureates Jody Williams and ICAN’s Beatrice Fihn, Netflix’s former Director of Inclusion, Michelle King,  and Libyan peace activist Hajer Sharief and more.

Together with an engaged audience, participating physically and digitally, they will make Oslo Pax 2020 a vibrate conference for action and impact, and produce concrete output that will positively add to the implementation of the agenda on diversity, peace and security worldwide.Collectively, we shall aim to make inclusion and diversity the social norm.

Oslo Pax 2020 - DIVERSITY MATTERS: Gender and inclusion in peace and war is cohosted by Designit. Main partners are Hydro and Atea. A special thanks to our gold partner ABB.