The Impact of Conflict on Women’s Health and Well-being: A #BulletAndDove Webinar

The World YWCA’s Bullet and Dove Initiative is hosting an essential webinar to spotlight the critical challenges that women and girls encounter in conflict zones across regions such as the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and others. This event is dedicated to uncovering the severe impact these conflicts have on their health and well-being and acknowledging their indispensable contributions to peace-building efforts.

Understanding that the capacity for these women to engage in peace-building is deeply intertwined with meeting their fundamental health and well-being needs, the webinar aims to delve into these core issues first and foremost. It will feature young women and women activists from the highlighted regions, who will share their personal stories, shedding light on the resilience required to navigate through such hardships and the crucial support needed to address these challenges effectively.

Additionally, this webinar will explore how individuals around the world, connected through digital media, are exposed to these conflicts and the significant role they can play in supporting the health and well-being of those impacted. By emphasizing the foundational needs of health and well-being, the webinar sets the stage for a deeper understanding of how vital these elements are in the broader context of peace-building and what actions can be taken globally to foster a supportive environment for women and girls in conflict zones.

Event Details:

  • Event: The Impact of Conflict on Women’s Health and Well-being
  • Date: 27 March, 2024
  • Time: 12 pm CET – Convert to your time zone
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Platform: Zoom – Interactive Webinar
  • To register to the event click here

Key Topics:

  • Women’s Health in the Crossfire: An in-depth look at how conflict disrupts healthcare access and exacerbates health challenges for women and girls.
  • Mental Health and Resilience: Strategies for coping with the psychological impact of experiencing and witnessing conflict, with insights from mental health professionals.
  • The Role of Digital Media: Discussion on the dual role of digital platforms as both a window to global conflicts and a tool for mobilising support and advocacy.
  • Pathways to Peace: Exploration of how women and girls in conflict zones are contributing to peace efforts and what support they need from the global community.


  • Moderator: Adrianna Sosa is a young woman activist born and currently living in Haiti. She has been a board member of the World YWCA since 2019 and is currently serving a second term representing the region of the Caribbean. Adrianna has seen violence, political instability, and natural catastrophes ravage an entire population. For the past three years, she has been committed to peace building, working at a grassroots level as a project coordinator at the YWCA Haiti. Her work is primarily centered on implementing projects aimed at preventing and addressing gender-based violence for girls and young women coming from increasingly at-risk communities of the metropolitan region of Pétion-Ville and its surroundings. A key component of these projects is creating awareness on mental health and well-being as well as providing professional psycho-social support to victims of violence and abuse. Adrianna is committed to advocating for social justice and a peaceful world that can only be sustainable if women are at the forefront of it.  
  • Sofia Ribeiro: is the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Officer for the International Federation of the Red Cross – IFRC, in Geneva. In her role, she provides support to advance on MHPSS service provision within the IFRC and the 191 membership National Societies across the world. For the last 8 years she has been working in the humanitarian sector, mostly in international missions, including in South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau and Palestine. She supported the implementation and management of MHPSS programs in diverse domains, including response to SGBV, lay counseling, short-term therapy with victims of conflict, group interventions with children and adults, among others. She has started her career in her home country, Portugal, where, among others, she has collaborated with the Portuguese Order of Psychologists, both in their employability programs and as a trainer for a national program to train psychologists to respond in critical events and large-scale emergencies. She is a clinical psychologist, with advanced studies in different fields of mental health, including neuropsychology, psychotraumatology, mental health policy and services, and occupational health psychology.
  • Lani Anaya Jiménez: works on issues of sustainable development and peace building with a special focus on youth. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from UNAM, a Master in Peace and Conflict from the U. of Uppsala, an ethics specialist from the U. of Geneva, a Master in Ecumenism from the U. of Bonn. She is currently PhD student at the UN-Mandated U. for Peace in Costa Rica. She has more than 10 years of experience in research, workshops and advocacy on the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda at national, regional and global levels. She currently collaborates with MY World Mexico as the global representative of the Major Group of NGOs to the UN and the Global Call to Action Against Proverty. Lani co-leads the regional network Youth for Peace, co-facilitates the regional Young Peacebuilders program of UNAOC, coordinates the Central American programs of Act Church of Sweden, and supports the Regional Coalition of the JPS Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Dehab Mustefa is a dynamic and results-oriented women leader at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) in Ethiopia, an affiliate of the esteemed World YWCA. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from Jimma University and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Addis Ababa University, Dehab brings over 8 years of experience to her role.Passionate about advancing young women leadership, promoting gender equality, empowering youth, and catalyzing positive change within her community, Dehab is a driving force for progress. Her vision encompasses playing a pivotal role in achieving gender equality and youth empowerment not only in Ethiopia but across Africa. Dehab’s influence extends beyond her leadership at YWCA. She serves as an Ethiopian Education Champion for the Malala Fund, a Board Member of the Network of Ethiopian Women Association (NEWA), Chairperson of Men Engage Ethiopia, and Vice Chair of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Ethiopia. With a keen focus on advocating for women’s rights, youth development, and societal transformation, Dehab Mustefa stands as a beacon of inspiration and dedication in the pursuit of a more equitable and empowered future for all.
  • Emma Temrazyan, founder and board member of YWCA Armenia, is a dedicated advocate for women’s empowerment. With a background in academia, she serves as a lecturer at the university