Are you interested in learning more about what it takes for young women like you to succeed in the male-dominated sector of peace and security? Do you wish to develop practical and professional skills in order to achieve effective peace leadership? Or are you searching for a chance to meet a diverse group of women from all over the world who will help you develop an international network of strong women working toward a shared goal? Then you might be interested in this chance.
The #SheLeads4Peace Summer School will provide participants with hands-on experience at the United Nations as well as the knowledge and skills they need to realize their dreams of becoming a peace and security leader.
What drives us at UNITAR to provide you with the finest summer school experience possible? Our response is: Did you realize that approximately half of the world’s population is under the age of 30? That the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world’s goal of gender parity back a generation? Increasing the number of women in positions of leadership and contribution to peace processes at all levels is not only desirable from an egalitarian standpoint, but also necessary for peace to be sustained.
UNITAR is delighted to be able to offer this face-to-face summer school for young women peacebuilders in the heart of International Geneva, in the same halls where many peace agreements have been negotiated over the years.
With the focus on encouraging leadership in young women as well as an emphasis on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, UNITAR’s #SheLeads4Peace Summer School seeks to:
- Provide participants with opportunities for professional growth and personal development in regard to becoming an effective leader for peace;
- Help participants increase their own awareness of their leadership styles through exploring examples of effective leadership for peace;
- Allow participants to learn first-hand about working for the United Nations and International Organisations;
- Give participants an insight into the latest developments regarding the realisation of Agenda 2030;
- Provide participants with opportunities to build and join a network of strong women with a common goal.
Content and Structure
The #SheLeads4Peace Summer School will consist of two weeks of full-day experiential sessions focused on what it means to lead effectively for peace as young women as well as gaining familiarity with International Geneva and the sustaining peace ecosystem.
Module 1: International Geneva and the sustaining peace ecosystem
Module 2: Effective leadership
Module 3: Becoming the next generation of women leaders for peace
Module 4: Tips, tricks and navigating those early career hurdles
Participants will engage in practical oriented exercises that enhance their professional and personal growth through experiential learning. UNITAR will use a variety of pedagogies to improve learning and behavior change, with the goal of challenging participants in a secure atmosphere where they can share what they’ve learned and strengthen their networks and global awareness. Participants will obtain practical skills as well as the opportunity to reflect on and develop their own leadership style through peer-to-peer learning, mentorship, and simulation exercises.
The #SheLeads4Peace Summer School is designed for young (self-identifying) women, who are looking to make the transition from education into the workplace and are eager to start their career with the self-awareness that is needed to be an effective leader for peace. As such, it is suggested that participants be in their second to last or final year of undergraduate or post graduate studies.
UNITAR encourages applications from underrepresented and indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
UNITAR will be in charge of the #SheLeads4Peace Summer School’s overall design, coordination, and implementation. It will communicate with participants on a frequent basis prior to the activity’s deployment to ensure that everything runs smoothly for everyone.
All fees associated with the Summer School are the responsibility of the participants.
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