On the 11th of February 2013, PeaceWomen in partnership with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein organized the fourth lecture in the series on Women, Peace and Security. We were pleased to host our featured speaker Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairperson of the Beirut Institute. Dergham underlined the pivotal role women play in reforming constitutions.
Rajhida also underscored the invaluable role of legislation in providing vehicles for underrepresented groups such as women, youth and moderates. In her view, if women, youth, secularists and moderates are left out of political participation, this will most likely result in islamists taking over the power vacuum.
Dergham made broad recommendations including the importance of reforming political parties by creating parties specifically for women. She also emphasized the need for institutional and constitutional reform to protect women's rights.