Syrian Women's Advisory Board of the UN Special Envoy visiting Finland

Finland is hosting a meeting of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB) from 26 September to 1 October 2021.

The WAB is a network of Syrian women from a variety of socio-economic, political, cultural and geographic backgrounds, that advises the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria Geir O. Pedersen as he mediates a political solution to the conflict, in line with United Nations Security Council resolution 2254. The WAB considers women’s empowerment and rights when advising the Special Envoy and seeks to convey the diverse perspectives of Syrian women, as they relate to the political discussions.

In Finland, WAB members will continue their internal discussions on issues related to their advisory role to the Special Envoy, as well as exchange views with Finnish partners about the role of women in conflict resolution and the role of education.

Finland is an original supporter to the work of the WAB. This support is part of its overall contribution to UN Women’s Syria program amounting to one million euros over 2020-2021.

Additional information: Petra Paasilinna, Senior Adviser on Syria, Unit for the Middle East, tel 050 478 3840. The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format