On 8 March, NATO Headquarters in Brussels marked International Women's Day, where Igballe Rugova spoke as Civil Society activists, and as a member of the NATO Civil Society Advisory Panel on Women, Peace and Security.
"We, women peace rights' activists, believe that there can not be peace and security without justice" Rogova said when talking about the situation of women affected during the war in Kosovo.
During her story for boldness and change, Rogova stated the importance that representatives of the NATO delegations should consult women, not only with politicians, because according to her, women can identify different needs and priorities.
The program opened by launching registration for "She Runs, He Runs, We Run", an initiative that took place last year at NATO HQ. This 13:25 km solidarity marathon to be held on May 13, aims to highlight the role of sport in promoting gender equality and solidarity through awareness raising on United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
First session consisted opening remarks and welcoming speeches by Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, the NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security; Lt Col Magdalena Dvorakova, Head of the International Military Staff Office of the Gender Advisor; Tara Nordick, Human Resource Policy and Diversity Officer, Executive Management; and Anne Rosner, Conference Interpreter at NATO HQ and the marathon runner.
Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, the NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security invited Igballe Rogova to serve on the newly - established NATO Civil Society Advisory Panel on Women, Peace and Security. The Panel seeks to engage in more systematic and regular dialogue with civil society in the area of Women, Peace and Security, so that NATO may draw upon the valuable expertise and insights many civil society organisations and individual experts have developed in this area. Through the feedback and recommendations from civil society, NATO hopes to enhance the implementation of the Policy on Women Peace and Security NATO’s 28 Allies and 27 Partners have adopted in 2014. The establishment of this Panel also was foreseen in NATO Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
Rogova’s selection was based on recommendations received from nations and international organisations. The Civil Society Advisory Panel has two groups, including the Core Group of civil society persons participating in their own capacity and the Group of CSOs that each selects one person to represent the CSO on the Panel. Rogova is a member of the Core Group. First annual meeting of the Panel was held on 17 - 18 October 2016 Brussels, while the following meeting will take place in May.