The role of diasporas as active actors in peace processes can be a significant element in the transformation of conflicts and contribute to reconciliation efforts in their countries of origin. Diasporas can support the establishment of a transitional justice system and enhance its findings with their own experiences and narratives. They can also contribute to the effective implementation of peace agreements and participate in strategies for coexistence and reconciliation.

On Saturday 16 October, from 12-1:30pm, ICIP and Mujer Diáspora will hold a workshop within the framework of the World Peace Congress to discuss the key elements of the new ICIP report Women and peacebuilding from the diaspora and exile in Europe.

This report looks at the contributions that have been made in this field in the last twenty years from a gender perspective. It assesses theoretical documentation and includes specific experiences of women and LGBTI+ people that fled from conflict, violence and persecution and organized in their host countries to contribute to peace and democracy processes in their countries of origin.

Representatives of women’s organizations belonging to different diaspora groups in Europe will explain how they work for peace in their respective countries.


  • Nora Miralles, author of the ICIP report “Women and peacebuilding from the diaspora and exile in Europe.”
  • María Eugenia Blandón, president of Mujer Diáspora.
  • Nadia Ghulam, Afghan activist and founder of “Bridges for Peace.”

The workshop will be moderated by ICIP technician Sílvia Plana.

This workshop is part of the program of the World Peace Congress, which will be held in Barcelona from 15-17 October. Registration for the Congress, which is free, is required to attend the workshop or to follow it online.  You can register here.