Based in Quaker House in Brussels, Belgium, Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) brings a vision of peace, justice, and equality to Europe and its institutions.
In November 2020, the peace program formally launched its report Gender & Inclusivity in Peace & Security. The occasion to work on this issue was the twentieth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.
In December, the peace program published a new report, Peace Mediation: From Concept to Successful Implementation, Learning from Quaker Experience. It focuses on the implementation of the European Union’s recently published working document “Concept on EU Peace Mediation” and uses Quaker experience in mediation and conciliation to offer practical guidance and make the case for a multilayered approach.
Also in November and December, QCEA’s human rights program, along with Project Wisdom, ran a workshop series about radical empathy for professionals. The course consisted of three sessions designed to strengthen empathy skills and highlight the relevance of empathy-led practice in the peace and human rights fields. The participants were policy professionals at various ages and stages of their careers. Additionally, the program hosted a free online event, Connecting the Dots, in September for QCEA supporters. It was an open conversation about discerning the bigger picture of justice, peace, and equality today, and making these values a lived reality for all.
Learn more: Quaker Council for European Affairs