New York

10 November 2020

Secretary-General's video message for the Opening of the First Assembly on Women, Faith and Diplomacy: Keeping Faith and Transforming Tomorrow

I send my warmest greetings to this first Assembly on Women, Faith and Diplomacy. This is an important opportunity to link faith-based organizations and communities with women’s mediation networks and leaders.  

Around the world, women of all religions have a long history of working for peace in their communities and countries. Too often, their efforts are marginalized, and they are excluded from formal mediation efforts.

Today, faith leaders have a more important role than ever in building peace through interreligious dialogue. But without women’s full participation and leadership, that dialogue is incomplete, and peace is less sustainable.

I commend the organizers of this Assembly for making these connections, and contributing to a more equal, inclusive, peaceful and resilient world.

I look to a future where faith and feminism go hand-in-hand, and where faith-based organizations are alliances for peace and progress.

I wish you all the best in your discussions.