Dates: 17-19 February 2023
Location: Munich, Germany
Nobel Peace laureate Leymah R. Gbowee led a delegation including Executive Director Maria Butler and Board Member Dildar Kaya for NWI's first attendance at this important meeting.
MSC is a highly militarized space in which more, not less, militarization is achieved. NWI is guided by the fact that increased militarization leads to more conflict, as opposed to lasting peace.
As this conference brings together global leaders discussing the pathways to peace, NWI was in this space to elevate voices of women peace builders, amplify messages of demilitarization, and to remind audiences that in situations of war and conflict, military action, although it receives the most attention, forms only a small part of the bigger picture.
Civil society has a long history of organizing around the MSC main conference. NWI’s key partner BMW Foundation hosted a pavilion with numerous events, and the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy was also on the ground offering workshops and targeted events. NWI’s delegation to the conference collaborated with our partners to transmit our key messages both through Leymah Gbowee’s address to the main conference and through side events with our partners, including a screening of Oh Sister!
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world’s leading forum for debating international security policy. The meeting assembles more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought leaders from around the world, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations and high-ranking representatives of industry, media, academia and civil society.
The primary purpose of the meeting is to: “build trust and to contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts by sustaining a continuous, curated and informal dialogue within the international security community.”
The meeting took place just a few days ahead of the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This war - which the conference recognizes has not only led to enormous suffering in Ukraine, but also exacerbated crises in other parts of the world - and its impact for global security more broadly will be a key focus of the conference. Russia’s blatant disregard for international law over the course of the last year was discussed, and solutions for recommitting to a rules-based global order were sought.
Thursday February 16th
8pm CET Dinner with the BMW 2023 Leaders Cohort
Leymah Gbowee will be giving opening remarks on transforming leadership.
Friday February 17th
11:30 CET Panel Discussion and Workshop – Event hosted by NWI
Event will focus on shifting power and leadership structures to empower local peacemakers.
Panel: Rethink power and politics based on what we’ve learned from women’s movements in conflict and beyond (30 minutes). Panelists include: Negina Yari, Luise Amtsberg, Alaa Murabit, Ouided Bouchamaoui, Bianca Jagger
Workshop: Power through partnerships (30-45 minutes)
2:15 CET MSC Official Plenary: Against Lawlessnes - Ensuring Accountability
Leymah Gbowee was invited to provide first comment from the floor. Moderator: David Miliband. Panelists include: Kaja Kallas, karim Ahmad Khan, Lindsey Graham and Nadia Murad.
19:00 CET Screening of Oh Sister!
Followed by a conversation between Leymah Gbowee and Olexandra Matviichuk, Head of the Centre for Civil Liberties (Ukraine)
20:15 CET Dinner with Frauen 100 and the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy
At Charles Hotel in Munich. Special guest Leymah Gbowee will give the opening remarks
Saturday February 18th
17:30 pm CET BMW Leaders Cohort discussion on leadership
Leymah Gbowee will be asked to share experiences on leadership with leaders’ group.
Sunday, February 19th
11:15 CET Reflections and final session with the BMW Leaders Cohort
Leymah Gbowee will share reflections and closing words.
During the conference, the MSC involved the public by offering livestreams of the conference’s main program, selected press conferences and discussions on their website and social media channels. Event recordings can be found here.
Photo: Joyous reunion at a screening of Oh, Sister! at #MSC2023. (l-r) Olga Hamama from NWI Partner United for Ukraine, Oleksana Matviichuk Director of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Center for Civil Liberties, Tata Kepler Head of Ptahy Foundation (both of who are featured in Oh, Sister! and NWI Executive Director Maria Butler.