“I look forward to engaging with young professionals and human rights advocates on the contemporary challenges of implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, reviewing county cases, and working on inclusive, gender-sensitive policy suggestions.”

Cemre Ulker is the Representative of the Journalists and Writers Foundation to the United Nations Department of Global Communications. Ms. Ulker leads JWF`s global initiatives to promote the culture of peace, human rights, and sustainable development. She is a human rights expert focusing on civil and political rights, and dedicated to the gender-sensitive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals with a particular focus on peaceful, just institutions, and global partnerships. Ms. Ulker is also a Faculty Member at the UNITAR Global Diplomacy Initiative. She completed her Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York.

Cemre will facilitate a workshop titled, “Introducing UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Identifying the Challenges of Implementation.”

United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, also known as the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda (WPS), is a visionary roadmap setting international norms to strengthen the role of women’s leadership in peace agreements, combat gender-based sexual crimes occurring in war settings and conflict zones. UNSCR 1325 recognizes the disproportional impact of war crimes and sexual-based violence on women and girls. WPS Agenda also stresses the critical role that women human rights defenders have in establishing long-lasting peace agreements and security policies. In
addition to facilitating sustainable conflict resolutions, women’s leadership is also a prerequisite for democratic, inclusive, and sustainable societies.

At the AFS Youth Assembly 2023, the “Introducing UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda” workshop will facilitate meaningful participation of youth advocates and young professionals in:

  • Discussing the core elements of the UNSCR 1325,
  • Learning about a set of essential diplomatic, gender-related definitions and keywords,
  • Identifying the challenges of implementation of the WPS Agenda,
  • Examining UN Member States` National Action Plans (NAPs) as country cases.