WATCH: Rīga Security Forum Discussion on 'Gender Roles in the West (and in the Rest)', Part 2

For the fifth consecutive year, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) has organized the Riga Security Forum, bringing together international experts on security, politics, technology, education, and defense in a series of thought-provoking videocasts and podcasts exploring global issues.

This time the title is: 'Gender Roles in the West (and in the Rest)', Part Two.

According to the organizers: "Even though the Women, Peace, and Security agenda has been in place since 2001, the reality on the ground is often quite different. Instead of rising to the challenge, sometimes the international norms and standards don't meet the expectations. The situations are slowly improving, but often, we're not making it at the right time and at the right place to support women and children in international crisis situations and post-conflict areas.

"Therefore, for the second time in this year's #RSF2023 edition, we have gathered to talk about the role of gender and, thus, women and children in various conflict situations - the need to empower women, children, and minorities in conflict and post-conflict environments as well as in peacetime. Those issues are being discussed between Merissa Khurma, Program Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, and Elizabete Elina Vizgunova-Vikmane, Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs."

A new audio and video episode has been published weekly in English and Latvian over two months, from October 31 to the end of December.

As well as here on LSM, the discussions are freely available on the project website,, on the LIIA social media accounts, and on the Apple and Spotify platforms.

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