GCU London welcomed members of the media, business, NGOs and academics to the inaugural conference of the UN recognised Women for Love, Peace and Tolerance (WLPT) organisation on 21st January 2020. The conference was hosted by Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of the Postgraduate Diplomacy programmes at GCU London. Professor Ayad leads the three Diplomacy programmes:
- MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy
- MSc International Diplomacy and the Digital State
- MSc International Security and Diplomacy
Professor Ayad was also one of the keynote speakers alongside Roger McNally (module leader in international security) and Dr Myzska Guzkowska (module leader in global tolerance and peace studies, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster and Deputy Director of Sandhurst Military Academy).
In her opening address, Saida Agrebi of WLPT descriped it as a UN Civil Society Organisation (CSO), devoted to the role of women in international affairs and the protection of women, especially in violent conflict, and campaigning against female genital mutilation around the world.
Referring to the diplomatic community and the increasing role of women in the conduct of diplomacy and international relations, Professor Ayad spoke about diplomacy and gender empowerment and referred to the setting up of Women’s Diplomatic Association, founded in 2003, and the fact that, at present, there are 50 female heads of post at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office compared to none in 1975. He stressed the importance of women’s rights and the training of female diplomats as part of the role of GCU London and emphasised the value of his relationship with the work of WLPT.