On September 3rd, 2020 the NESA Center hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with The Honorable Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21). Frankel discussed women’s role in security, specifying the importance of closing the gender gap, women’s rights to healthcare, reproductive care, access to education and the value of bipartisanship. NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat shared lessons gathered from NESA’s past five Women in Peace and Security roundtables that have female voices from nations throughout the NESA region in 2020. Progress in women’s security must include the voice of all members of society; all roundtable participants agreed that input must come from men, women and children of all socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Thoughts on COVID-19’s effects on gender equality were also shared.
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