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Registration opens for the 3rd Forum of Dynamic Cities NEED WOMEN: ‘Women and Armed Conflict’

Abidjan will be the host city for the 3rd Forum of Dynamic Cities NEED WOMEN. The meeting will take place from the 24 to 27 September 2013. The chosen theme for the event is ‘Women and Armed Conflict’ and will gather experts, political representatives and academics from around the world for an in-depth discussion on the problems facing women  in this context.

The Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 identified the effects of armed conflict on women as one of 12 critical areas of concern requiring action by governments and the international community, and stressed the need to promote the equal participation of women in conflict resolution at decision-making levels.

Since the Beijing Conference there have been important developments at the international level in the treatment of crimes committed against women in situations of armed conflict.

During its forty-second session in 1998, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women discussed the issue of women and armed conflict and proposed further action to be taken by member states and the international community to accelerate the implementation of the Platform's strategic objectives in this area, including the mainstreaming of a gender perspective into all relevant policies and programs.

If you would like to know more about the 3rd Forum of Dynamic Cities NEED WOMEN, or to participate actively in Abidjan from 17 to 20 September 2013, please contact Ms. Alicia Rucabado :

To pre-register, please fill in the form here and send it to


To learn more:

3rd Forum of Dynamic Cities NEED WOMEN website

Abidjan City District Website

Metropolis Women International Network

Metropolis Women International Network