„Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why It Matters?”

(Bulgaria, Sofia; October 9th - 10th, 2013)

The Event is organized by The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and with the special support of NATO
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The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and with the special support of NATO have organized an international conference on the topic "Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why It Matters?" The event aims to establish a discussion regarding women`s role for peace building, security and defense.

The conference will bring together state officials as well as experts in the specific area in order to discuss the various aspects on the topic.

The event will take place in the period of 9 - 10th October in the Representation of the EU Commission in Sofia, 124 "Rakovski" str.

Program Agenda

9th October, 2013
09:30 - 10:00 Registration 
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Session 

Dr. Solomon Passy, President, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria;
Yordan Bozhilov, Founder, Sofia Security Forum;
Lt. Col. Neviana Miteva, President, Bulgarian Armed Forces Women Association;
10:30 - 11:30 Role of Women in Security and Defense: Specific Human Potential in Capacity Building 

Moderator: Tzvetanka Rizova, Journalist, BTV;
Captain Yantsislav Yanakiev, Director of the Defence Advanced Research Institute at the "G. S. Rakovski" National Defence Academy;
Mariya Gabriel, Member of the European Parliament;
Col. Mersida Mešetović, Expert Adviser for Analyses and Assessments of Defense Acvtivities, Policy and Plans Department, Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break 
11:45 - 12:45 United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: What are the Challenges? 

Moderator: Grigori Nedyalkov, Director, Pulic Relations Directorate, Ministry of Defense;
Loredana Alemanno-Testa, Divisional Coordination Section, NATO Operations Division;
Kalina Panayotova, President, Centre for European and International Studies;
Lt. Col. Neviana Miteva, President, Bulgarian Armed Forces Women Association;
Prof. Dr. Irena Ilieva, Institute for the State and the Law by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
Mihail Grigorov, journalist, "Bulgarian Army" newspaper;
12:45 - 13:30 Buffet Lunch 
13:30 - 14:30 Women in Afghanistan: Key to the successful end of ISAF? 

Moderator: H.E. Zdravko Popov, President, Institute for Public Politics;
Zornitsa Grekova, South and South-East Asia Department, Directorate "Asia, Australia and Oceania", Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Yordan Bozhilov, Founder, Sofia Security Forum;
Vladislav Punchev, Head, International information department, "Standart" newspaper;
14:30 - 15:45 Coffee break 
15:45 - 16:45 Responsibility to protect women in the conflict and post-conflict stages  

Moderator: Kiril Valchev, Journalist, Darik Radio;
Stoila Bongalova, Director of the Bulgarian Fund for Women;
Captain-Lieutenant Silviya Vassileva, Assistant Chief, Planning Office, Burgas Naval Base;
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daniela Koleva, Head, Master's Program "History of Women and Gender", Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski";
Chief Assist. Dr. Konstantin Pudin, Department "National and Regional Security", Faculty of Economics of Infrastructure, University of National and World Economy;
10th October, 2013
11:00 - 13:00 Round Table: Women's Participation and Leadership: From Theory to Practice

Moderator: Dr. Sonia Hinkova, Lecturer, Department of Political Sciences, New Bulgarian University;
H.E. Guro Katharina Vikør, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Bulgaria;
Ph.D. Yordanka Nencheva, President, Association "To Preserve the Woman";
Prof. Dr. Nedyalka Videva, Lecturer, Department of Logic, Ethics and Aesthetics, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski";
Dr. Rositza Russeva, National and International Security, "G. S. Rakovski" National Defence Academy
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch