The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has launched the OSCE Women's Peace Leadership Programme. It took place for the first time this October. PRIF was represented by Hanna Manoilenko, fellow at Research Department I. Her expertise and practical experience qualified her as a participant.
Despite their precarious situation, women are marginalized and excluded especially in war situations. The OSCE Women's Peace Leadership Programme aims to change that: Bringing women to the decision-making table on peace and conflict issues is a core concern of the program. The program provides a framework for women to network, share knowledge, and thereby increase their political visibility and decision-making power. In the process, high-level mentors meet selected female leaders who are supported as mentees for a year. The Leadership Program is part of the multi-year project “WIN for Women and Men.” The first meeting in Vienna was attended by participants from across the OSCE region, including Ukraine and Afghanistan.
Hanna Manoilenko has been a fellow at PRIF since 2022 and conducts research on international security with a focus on feminist foreign policy. For an insight into her current research, see the PRIF blog post “The Continuing Relevance of the “Women, Peace and Security” Agenda in the Context of Russia's War on Ukraine.”