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An international conference on women in conflict zones organized by the Lebanese American University and ESCWA opened at the school campus Monday, before moving to the Commodore Hotel. The three day conference titled "Prioritizing Women, Peace and Security on the Arab Agenda," was organized by the LAU's Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, in partnership with U.N.'s ESCWA Center for Women, and the Danish Center for Research and Gender. The conference, which brought together 40 local, regional and international speakers, from a variety of backgrounds, to discuss the benefits of enabling, engaging and empowering women in conflict zones. UNSCR 1325, passed in 2000, was a landmark legislation concerning women in conflict zones and reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.
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