Between July 15-17, 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon, The Center for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD),
in partnership with Syrian and international organizations, co-organized the Way Forward Conference on women, peace, and security.
Topics discussed during the conference centered on the participation of Syrian women in the peace process, political participation
of Syrian women in decision-making, engendering the constitutional process, and the role of civil society in promoting women’s political participation. Prior to the event, outcomes from a series of dialogue forums held inside Syria were included as inputs in the Conference’s discussion topics on civil society and the political process.
The Conference provided a space for dialogue among various Syrian actors in finding ways to increase women’s participation in the political process in Syria. In addition, it contributed to enhancing cooperation between the three tracks through the participation of 89 Syrian actors, 12 of which were Syrian men, representing a broad spectrum of Syrian society, as well as advocates of women’s issues, civil society organizations, and representatives of Tracks I, II, and III.
With the participation of representatives of roughly 30 governments and international organizations, the Diplomatic Forum was held on the last day of the Way Forward Conference. The Forum presented and discussed the Conference’s outcomes as well as the next steps needed to transform these outcomes into strategic and operational plans, in cooperation and partnership between Syrian and international organizations.