From May 30th to June 3rd 2016 the joint Face to Face (F2F) of the Gender Equality Network (Gendernet) and the Conflict and Human Rights Network (CHRnet) took place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Over 120 participants jointly reflected and discussed Gender Equality, Justice and Peace & State Building: SDC’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. Conflict, fragility and human rights violations are weakening the capacity and legitimacy of states to provide effective services, deliver peace and justice and reduce people’s insecurity. All these issues have a strong gender dimension and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of sustainable development and peace. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, the global development community has a new road map to build a more equal, fair and inclusive world society – for the benefit of all women and girls, men and boys. So, how can SDC contribute to the 2030 Agenda in the field of gender equality, justice, peace and state building? In this year’s F2F some 120 participants from SDC, partners and other experts discussed issues of gender equality, justice, peace and statebuilding and SDC’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda.This F2F provided a unique and timely opportunity to jointly reflect and discuss what the new Agenda 2030 means for SDC, to capitalise the learnings from the field and define new work streams and priorities for 2016-2018 in order to support SDG implementation - to share, think, reflect, exchange the different perspectives and learn together on gender equality, justice, peace and state building.
The programme of the F2F 2016 consisted of joint plenary sessions and parallel group sessions. Workshops on key learnings from the field were held to exchange experiences with SDCs instruments, projects and policies. In more than 30 workshops, the participants from over 30 different countries engaged in peer exchange on how to effectively support SDC in the field of gender equality, justice, peace and state building. A trip to international Geneva included workshops with key persons and getting to know different UN agencies dealing with human rights. The documentation of all this exchange in the workshops can be found here.