Fireside Chat Series


Global Network of Women Peacebuilders


On Wednesday, November 29GlobalWE Connect will hold the sixth event in its Women’s Empowerment Fireside Chat Series featuring Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and it's Founder and Chief Executive Officer Maria Victoria “Mavic” Cabrera Balleza.

GNWP is a convener, collaborator, advocate and leader in the global movement for women’s rights, gender equality, and sustainable peace. They work closely with the United Nations, governments, and local women and youth-led organizations from all over the world. Stay tuned for more information about this event. 


On June 1, 2023, GlobalWE hosted the second event in its Discussion Circle series on the topic, “The Impact of the War in Ukraine on Women.” As a follow up, we’d like to host a Fireside chat with GNWP focusing on peacebuilding and women’s role and collaboration with various stakeholders for world peace and more secure communities.

About the Speaker:



Mavic Cabrera Balleza

Chief Executive Officer

Maria Victoria “Mavic” Cabrera Balleza is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. She is one of the two civil society initiators of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. She is also one of the founding members of its Global Funding Board. Ms. Cabrera-Balleza is also a Board Member of the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action representing GNWP and the Beijing +25 Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security.

Ms. Cabrera-Balleza initiated the Philippine National Action Plan on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. She also served as the international consultant to Nepal’s first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325. She has provided technical support in 1325 national action planning in different countries including Guatemala, Japan and South Sudan; and facilitated costing and budgeting workshops of 1325 national action plans in Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Nepal. She pioneered the Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program that is regarded as a best practice example and is now implemented in 18 countries. She co-authored the books From Best Practice to Standard Practice: A toolkit on the Localization of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security and Costing and Financing 1325; and edited the 201020112012,  2013 and 2014 editions of Women Count: Civil Society Monitoring Report on Security Council Resolution 1325. She also edited the publication Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325 in Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Uganda. She leads the civil society advocacy on the use of CEDAW General Recommendation 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations as a complementary accountability mechanism to the WPS resolutions. In 2014, Ms.  Cabrera-Balleza led the establishment of the Young Women Leaders for Peace (YWL), a network of young women in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Sudan, and Ukraine, who are leading peacebuilding efforts in local communities.

Ms. Cabrera-Balleza has facilitated workshops and discussions on the women, peace and security resolutions in many countries including Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Japan, Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, and Ukraine. Her masteral thesis on communication strategies on UNSCR 1325 was awarded best thesis at the University of the Philippines.

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Event Details

Date: Wednesday, November 29th
Time: 12 p.m. EST

Location: Virtual (online) event. Open to all! Login details will be sent to registrants upon completion of the registration process. 

Cost: While this event is FREE we would appreciate any accompanying donation to help support us in offering events like this throughout the year.

About Fireside Chat Series
Launched in 2021, the Fireside Chat Series features dialogues with senior leaders of organizations serving women and girls worldwide and the challenges and opportunities they encounter in a rapidly-changing world. The first four events in this series featured BRAC and BRAC USA, Women for Women International, CAMFED USA, and Special Needs Initiative for Growth. 

GlobalWE Connect is an initiative that connects Harvard University alumni with organizations leading the way globally for women’s empowerment in the arts, social services, education, health, economic development, entrepreneurship, policy, STEM, and other fields. GlobalWE Connect provides a forum for discussion with these organizations and hosts a Women’s Empowerment Expo, which enables these organizations to engage with Harvard University alumni and students as well as professors, staff, and other members of the Harvard University community who seek internships, volunteer, mentorship, career exploration, and charitable giving opportunities.


Other Details 

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