Event Details


The summit will include sessions, aiming to facilitate an in-depth discussion of the specific practices and methods employed by CSOs and experts of diverse backgrounds, sharing experiences and challenges. In these sessions which are organized around Effectiveness of the Humanitarian Action, Women and the Humanitarian Action, Women Refugees and IDPs. Middle East: The Plight of Women, there will be a chance for CSOs to deliver short oral statements. CSOs will be eligible to make statements after registering on this website.

There will also be working groups for participants to discuss specific issues and resume them in bullet points under the supervision of moderator elected among the group.

A special session of women parliamentarians from around the world in a roundtable format will be held. This roundtable will discuss gender sensitive refugee- asylum seeker and IDP policies and potential for collaborative action by lawmakers in international and national fora to support gender sensitive humanitarian action and policies.

The forum will issue three final documents:

  • Final Declaration, prepared by the Final Declaration Preparatory Committee consisting of academics and experts,
  • the Working Groups Outcomes, which summarize the discussion of the working groups
  • Call for Action of the parliamentary roundtable.

The results will be submitted to the UN’s relevant agencies and other stakeholders.

May 9, 2015 – Saturday

Time Session
09:00 – 09:40 Opening Ceremony
09:40 – 11:00 Effectiveness of the Humanitarian Action
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00 Women and the Humanitarian Action
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:45 Women Refugees and IDP
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:45 Middle East: The Plight of Women

May 10, 2015 – Sunday

Time Session
10:00 – 12:00 Working Groups on:
  • gender sensitive emergency response;
  • empowerment of women refugees and long term resilience;
  • preventing abuse of women refugees and IDPs;
  • role of CSOs and responsibilities of state authorities;
  • do no harm.

Parliamentary Roundtable (closed session): Gender Sensitive Humanitarian Action13:00 – 14:00Lunch14:00 – 15:30Parliamentary Session: Gender Sensitive Humanitarian Action15:30 – 15:45Coffee Break15:45 – 16:30Announcement of Final Declaration & Closing Ceremony17:30 – 20:00Bosphorus Cruise