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We are looking for a suitably qualified, experienced and result-oriented person to fill the position of Finance Manager!

Job Summary: The Finance Manager  will assume a leadership role of ensuring real-time financial data and reports to enable internal decision- making processes, timely reporting of project funds as well as accountability for the funds disbursed to staff, ensuring compliance to the appropriate principles and procedures, and regulatory compliance in order to improve the overall financial  aspect of the organization 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  1. Lead the financial planning process; (Financial strategies and (Financial strategies and forecasting, budgeting for The Peace Centre undertakings (annual, new initiatives, strategic plans, departmental)
  2. Lead the process of developing and updating the Financial Policies and Procedures Manual.
  3. Manage the effective application and adherence of The Peace Centre financial policy, procedures and controls in all departments and at all levels.
  4. Continuously review, evaluate and develop the internal financial systems to  maintain the full financial integrity of the organization
  5. Payroll management (employee pay records and benefits)
  6. Preparation of budgets and funding requests.
  7. Ensure effective undertaking of the accounting function in The Peace Centre.
  8. Control and monitor budgetary utilization by the various programmes and sections and advise the ED and management team on performance trends.
  9. Monitor budget performance against actual on a periodical basis and advise the ED accordingly
  10. Plan and prepare for the Auditing function in The Peace Centre.
  11. Ensure responses to audit queries, adaptation and implementation of audit recommendations, especially in regard to systems strengthening.
  12. Prepare periodical financial reports to facilitate management, Donors and Board decisions.
  13. Monitor income realization against targets and ensure that manageable funding gaps within the available resources are bridged.
  14. Keep the ED regularly informed of the current financial situation of The Peace Centre.
  15. Ensure The Peace Centre compliance to tax laws, financial regulations and procedures to which she is obliged.  

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate for the Peace Centre Finance Manager  job opportunity should preferably hold a;

 1. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration (Finance), Commerce, Statistics or associated discipline from a reputable institution;

2. At least level Four Professional qualification (ACCA, CIMA, CPA).

3.  Five years’ experience in a related field;

4. Experience in QuickBooks accounting package is an added advantage.

5. Proven strategic planning experience at the management level

6. Demonstrated creative and critical thinking skills

7. Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously

8. Strong communication and presentation skills 

9. High level of financial discipline and integrity

10. Attention to detail and accuracy

11. Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision;

12. Strong Interpersonal skills

13. High level of integrity

How to Apply: All candidates who desire to join Women’s International Peace Center should send their application letter and resume to: 

Application Deadline: 14th June 2020

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.30

There is now a major concern that COVID-19 and its impact will push back fragile progress on gender equality, the implementation of existing legislation and broader progress needed to achieving justice for all.

Voices of Peace Corps COVID-19 Evacuees,” highlights the need for extending existing benefits and programming that supports them during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We cannot speak of sustainable peace if we do not include women in the process.” Clare Hutchinson, NATO’s High Representative for Women, Peace and Security.

Here are five immediate actions individuals and governments can take to protect women and girls in the most vulnerable situations throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

In 2000, the UN Security Council unanimously recognized that the key to peace and security lies in the equal participation of women in civil society; We must listen to women’s warnings about the Middle East.

The Transformation Leadership Panel (TLP), an initiative of the Africa Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), will meet to review COVID-19 interventions in Africa.Women peacekeepers from Brazil and India share UN military gender award

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Send in your submissions for the “Feminist Peace Series” Magazine (Deadline Extended)

“Feminist Peace to me is the concept that peace is premised on universal integration of gender perspectives into all spheres as well as equal participation that is equality to justice, demilitarized security for women and men at all levels and in the process but especially in the context of peace and security policies”- Akullu Fivi

Feminist peace is related to three perspectives; peace as the absence of every type of structural violence; peace and security for all, and peace premised on the universal integration of a gender perspective as well as the equal participation at all levels and in all peacebuilding processes.  Feminist peace calls for women’s inclusion in peace processes as a matter of their rights and not just that they add value to the outcomes.

As part of our journey towards contributing to sustainable peace, Women’s International Peace Centre is seeking contributions in the form of articles, reviews, artwork, photography, poems, illustrations profiles/features (on individuals or collectives) and more on your Feminist Peace Realities.

We highly encourage young women across the region to submit their work. Written pieces should be between 500 to 1000 words.

Submission Guidelines

  • Written submissions should be single-spaced in Calibri 12 point.
  • All submissions should be in English. The author(s) should indicate personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note.
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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.29

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

Policy Brief; Mapping of the gender recommendations in the three 2015 peace and security reviews.

Here’s why the work of women’s networks in fragile contexts is so important, now more than ever, to ensure women’s participation in COVID-19 decision-making in conflict settings.

With COVID-19 engulfing the entire globe, there has been an increase in debates on a myriad of topics. However, one of the most sensitive and neglected dimensions – gender-based violence – remains neglected

Regional security measures include hearing diverse women’s voices; A broad concept of security in regional policymaking includes the participation of women in conflict prevention and the recognition of sexually based and gender-based security threats

The Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center (KAIPTC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funding from the Government of Japan, is commencing a new one-year project to develop the technical capacity of maritime crime control officials.

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.28

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security.

Addressing the gendered impact of COVID-19 and ensuring that the voices of women from conflict-affected communities continue to be heard by policy-makers.

Liberian child rights activist, Satta Fatumata Sheriff says closing the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will increase sex and domestic abuse and declare it as non-essential during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.

 Despite the crucial work of Yemeni women building peace on the frontline of war, their efforts have been ignored and not adequately supported, and they remain excluded from crucial peace negotiations.

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo calls on the UN to “do everything we can to support the transition and the Sudanese people in addressing the existing challenges.

A statement from the African Union on women, peace and security (WPS) in the face of the COVID-19 crisis; Lockdown exposes African women to sexual abuses.

Preventing violent extremism during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), has surveyed 50 local NGOs it supports to build community resilience against violent extremism in eight developing countries worldwide.

Challenges Presented by COVID-19 Will Delay Closure of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Under-Secretary-General Tells Security Council.

Youth and peace and security – Report of the Secretary-General.

Men, Women and the Changing Shape of Military Muscle; why militaries are gender balancing.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba opens Ukrainian Chairmanship of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation.

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Request for Expression of Interest and Quotation to develop an Explainer Animated Video for The Peace Centre.

The Peace Centre would like to invite Explainer Video Experts to express their interest to create an Explainer Animated video and submit proposals. The video will describe who we are, what we do, how we work, who we serve, the purpose and impact of our work. The short video will be used to quickly introduce the organisation, our unique model and the change we create for women in conflict and after conflicts. This will be used on our website, social media and various events.

Women’s International Peace Centre (The Peace Centre) is a feminist organization, currently working within conflict and post-conflict countries in Asia and Africa. Our mission is to ignite women’s leadership, amplify their voices, and deepen their activism in re-creating peace. We use our home-grown approach to put women’s rights issues on the political agenda; amplify women’s voices; and catalyze women’s power to transform themselves, their communities and countries in conflict and post-conflict. We are one of the leading actors on “Women, Peace and Security” informed by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325), the Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16 and other women, peace and security frameworks.

Our work includes;

  • Research and generating knowledge on peace and security from a gender perspective.
  • Strengthening women’s activist leadership, political participation, policy advocacy and movement building.
  • Using diverse feminist knowledge and information to inform and influence institutions, policies, and practices that support gender inequality and violence.
  • Restoring women’s bodily integrity and dignity (psychological, reproductive and gynaecological health) in post-conflict settings
  • An information and knowledge hub on women and peacebuilding.


  • Develop a 2-3 minute Explainer Animated video with voice over, illustrations, video footage, images, animated graphics and animated infographics.

Eligibility Criteria;

Individuals and Registered company/agency may apply.

  • Experience in filmmaking/videography.
  • The videographer must be able to generate and insert on-screen text and graphics in post-production especially narrative text and subtitles.
  • Editing deadlines and time frames are to be adhered to especially in the case of first drafts when further editing might/would be needed
  • Time Management

Application Requirements:

The Expression of Interest should include a statement detailing suitability for the role and any relevant experience in the field:

  • Link to work samples
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proposed budget and schedule.

Application Process

Expression of Interest can be submitted as a soft copy by email to by Thursday 21st May 2020. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Executive Director,

Women’s International Peace Centre

Plot 1, Martyrs Garden B, Ministers Village, Ntinda, Kampala

P. O. Box 4934, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 414-543953

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.27

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

Triple Threat – Conflict, Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19; Women and girls are at high risk for rape and sexual violence

“Why Women’s Rights Must be Central to the UN Security Council’s Response to COVID-19” (NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security)

Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called on authorities to lift a lockdown on shelters and places of safety for victims of abuse.

“COVID-19 and Violent Conflict: Responding to Predictable Unpredictability” by Christine Bell (Just Security)

A report on peace and security and the prevention of violence: Reflections from civil society in the context of the fourth Swiss National Action Plan 1325.

“COVID-19: Peacebuilders aren’t the side dish. We’re the delivery service” by Mike Jobbins (Search for Common Ground)

“COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’” (UN News)

“We Can Make the Post-Coronavirus World a Much Less Violent Place” by Robert Muggah and Steven Pinker (Foreign Policy)

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COVID19 Response Is Disrupting African Cultural and Social Norms

Helen Kezie-Nwoha[1] and Angeline Nkwenkam Nguedjeu[2]

Our culture in Africa shapes our identity. We proudly refer to ourselves as Africans. This sense of pride emanates from our very rich cultural and social norms. All over the world people have cultures that they cherish and inform their beliefs, norms and social practices. As Africans, our lives are built around our communities and our social networks which constitute our families, friends and neighbours. But most importantly, we have cultures around sickness and death and our traditional forms of healing and dealing with mental health. In Africa people and our shared culture are inextricable.

This paper highlights how the responses to COVID19 by African governments are eroding our cultural and social norms and by implication our identity as Africans, which are critical for addressing trauma impact of COVID-19. It suggests that responses to COVID-19 in Africa should factor in cultural practices and norms, including mental health and wellbeing to reduce vulnerabilities and ensure sustainable post COVID-19 development. In today’s world and with the expansion of science, pandemics are no strange occurrence, as such how do we prepare African societies to face them while protecting norms intrinsically linked to our identity. Publications abound on the socio-economic, peace and security impact of COVID-19, however, the anthropological and psychological impacts have not received much attention.

African culture around sickness and death is found in activities such as cooking, visiting, praying, collective mourning, and burial ceremonies among others. Traditionally we live communal lives, we show care, we share pain and have different ways of supporting our communities in sickness and death. In our cultures for example when a member of the community dies, we all converge to cry, sympathize and plan the funeral. For the bereaved, burial ceremonies include staying together and crying collectively as families, friends and the entire community gather to bury the dead. In some culture family, members will wear white or black for a specified period. Communities quickly make stay over plans, sometimes up to two weeks to ensure the immediate family are not left alone in pain. If they need to talk, they have someone to talk to and cry if they need to cry. This way of living has helped heal trauma and ensure mental wellbeing is given attention. Very few people will seek medical support to deal with trauma from loss. Even though mental health services are available, we still lack enough mental health service providers and awareness for communities to seek such services. So for many Africans, response to trauma resulting from pain and loss is collective and supported by our socialization.

Not long ago, the Ebola outbreak in parts of Africa led to turmoil in community settings of the countries affected. Most communities in these countries are still healing the trauma created by Ebola and the exclusion associated with treatment and death of Ebola victims and their families. One of the challenges with controlling Ebola was families taking their dead loved ones for burial. A common factor among the countries most hit by Ebola (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, CAR, DRC) is the fact that they were conflict-prone countries with already fragile community fabric due to prolonged turmoil and displacements. The COVID-19 pandemic in contrast now affects all countries many of which have comparably intact social fabric. Given the longer-term risks for countries and the reality of a global recession triggered by the pandemic, social distancing becomes a strategy of unprecedented magnitude. A pandemic like COVID-19 is threatening known concepts like community of care, trauma management, stigmatisation and psychosocial support.

While social distancing and States taking responsibility for burying the dead are acceptable as a preventive measure, we need to reflect on how to close the gap created by this new practice to collective healing in our African culture. A major aspect that is missing right now in the response to COVID-19 is mental health and wellbeing of survivors during and after the pandemic. With the huge number of deaths being experienced and how the bereaved have experienced loss, the trauma associated with the current response need to be evaluated and properly planned to prevent more damages. Families need to be supported to practice acceptable forms of burials that will help with closure and healing from loss. A conversation with communities is required so that the decision making around this is inclusive and sensitive to the different cultures in Africa.

Our experience working and responding to conflict and humanitarian situations reveal that mental health is never on the agenda of actors on the frontline of ensuring safety and care for the population, in this case, the world. COVID-19 like war is creating immerse psychological human suffering that is leading to trauma. Many communities are prone to social gathering in different ways, many people are separated from families and many have died all of which lead to trauma. The response to COVID-19 in Africa should be based on the realities of African societies. African Governments need to develop robust cultural sensitive trauma healing programmes during and in the aftermath of COVID-19 that will support communities to heal. Trauma awareness-raising needs to be intensified in order to protect our communities and reduce vulnerabilities without eroding our societal value systems.

[1] Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Executive Director at the Women’s International Peace Centre, Kampala, Uganda

[2] Angeline Nkwenkam Nguedjeu, Peace and Development Advisor at the United Nations Office f the Resident Coordinator, Congo Brazzaville.

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.26

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

Oxfam has published a proposal for an ‘Economic Rescue Plan for All’ to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and rebuild a more equal world

“COVID-19 and Conflict: Seven Trends to Watch” (International Crisis Group)

IDEA has shared a global overview of COVID-19’s impact on elections

“Can Law Enforcement Handle Scofflaws Amid A Pandemic?” by RJ Vojt (Law 360)

“Solidarity in the Time of Corona” by Michael Higgins (Pathfinders blog)

CIVICUS developed a resource webpage for civil society, outlining the key priorities shaping the organization’s response to COVID-19 and information, resources and support for civil society partners

“Building Trust, Confidence and Collective Action in the Age of COVID-19” by David Steven and Alex Evans (Global Dashboard)

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Global Citizen issued a joint open letter to Finance Ministers around the world calling for emergency debt relief to enable developing countries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

“Planning for the World After the Coronavirus Pandemic” by David Steven and Alex Evans (World Politics Review)

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.25

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

132 civil society organizations call for the protection of civilians in armed conflict in Myanmar.

African Union on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in the face of COVID-19.

While humanitarian leaders grapple with emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis, human rights leaders should be using this moment to call for lifting restrictions on fundamental rights such as internet freedom.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children’s has developed a resource webpage on protecting children during the COVID-19 outbreak

Peace Direct, Conducive Space for Peace and Humanity United’s issued a report on COVID-19 and local peacebuilding

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment’s published a resource webpage on protecting children during COVID-19

UN Women published a commentary on: “COVID-19: Emerging gender data and why it matters” (UN Women)

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.24

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

Press statement of Nigeria coalition on youth, peace and security on ‘COVID 19: Nigeria’s peace and security’

Popular rhetoric suggests that New Zealand is a staunch champion of the WPS agenda. Does the evidence support that claim?

Women, Peace and Security in the time of Corona

Arguments linger over the best ways to increase women’s meaningful participation in the peace and security sectors.

The First 100 Days of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Asia and the Pacific: A Gender Lens. This report presents a snapshot of the gender dimensions of the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and captures promising practices for integrating gender in preparedness and response planning. 

Safeguarding Afghanistan’s vulnerable millions from Coronavirus Threat. For the many millions caught in the crosshairs of conflict whose access to health services is already limited or close to impossible, the pandemic brings a new terror.

United Nations leaders, humanitarian experts and sister advocates at the U.N. are alarmed by the COVID-19 pandemic’s potential to devastate vulnerable communities, particularly refugees, migrants, and women and girls already challenged by economic hardship and social disparities.

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Meet Our Young Woman Leader from South Sudan.

 Pikyiko Eunice Jacob is one of the young women who have gone through the Peace Centre’s leadership training. She is a South Sudanese young woman leader currently working with Crown The Woman- South Sudan as a project officer. Crown the woman- South Sudan is a women-founded and women-led nonprofit. It is a non-governmental, non-political, humanitarian and national grassroots organization that aims at empowering girls and women to ensure they harness their potential and contribute to nation building economically, socially and politically.

Eunice describes herself as a hard worker and a good listener who is trying to do her work to the best of her abilities. 

“I love to learn new things, because the world keeps changing and I’m inquisitive by nature, I tend to ask questions so I can learn.” she says.

Eunice’s first interaction with the centre was when she attended a workshop/ mentorship session in November of 2019 in South Sudan. She shared her passion for working on women issues and trying to find ways to empower them. “The Peace Center made me realize that this was an achievable goal and my capacity was built during the mentor-ship session.”

Her realization was further built on when a group of young South Sudanese women were chosen as representatives visiting Uganda to learn and share experiences with The Peace Centre. Here Eunice was taken through practical ways in which she could become a better leader and was also able to draw up a vision board for her next 5 years. “I relate to The Peace Centre because they are empowering young women, helping them realize their passions and figure out how to achieve them. “

Eunice remarks that her journey with Women International Peace Center has been the best journey so far of her life so far. It’s not only been engaging but has also been very empowering. It helped her build her capacity, especially as a public speaker. Although she admits that she’s not exactly where she is and she is always working towards the one hundred per cent stance. She’s sure that with the continuous support of The Peace Centre she will be able to convey information with the confidence she previously lacked.

Eunice practices her public speaking during one of the workshops

 “Before working with The Peace Centre I was just a young woman that had a lot of dreams and aspirations but didn’t know how to put my point across. My dreams were big with no way of execution, However, with the centre’s help I was able to identify the different ways I can make a change in my community, how to present myself and it has broadened my thinking capacity, and how to adapt in my community.”

Eunice sharing her dreams and vision board during the recent exchange visit.

 Her experience at the peace centre helped her realize that “you don’t have to wait to graduate to become a leader or have a leadership role”, “being a leader is not about your age, experience or qualifications. It is a calling.

When asked about her stance on feminism she replies, “I was not a strong feminist before but with the various conversations and books I have read about feminism, I have realized that we women should fight for our rights in the community be it small or big, to have equal opportunities. I have also learnt that I can’t effectively do my work if I’m not looking after myself or exercising wellness.

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National Dissemination workshop for the Women’s Council Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020 working under the theme – I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights- the centre left the capital for Mbale. This was in partnership with The National Women’s Council (NWC) and with support from Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) to launch their strategic Plan 2019-2023. The workshop brought together representatives from the different countries in Uganda . The Chairperson of the Council Hajjati Kiboowa Faridah shared as part of the National Women’s Council’s (NWC) plan to engage all women regardless of their various political parties for development purposes.

Hajjati Kiboowa Faridah and Collins Mwijuka of the National Women’s Council

The workshop kicked off with an update of what the NWC had been able to achieve in the past year. “The NWC has been able to mobilize women to participate in peace and security and partnered with The Peace Centre to develop the strategic plan and investment model, and carry out peer to peer mentoring” Mr. Collins Mwijukka Executive Director of the NWC said.

The meeting was attended by over 140 Participants including; PS Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, National Women Council members from various districts, National Executive Committee members, CSO’s among others.

In her keynote address to the women the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Ms. Peace Mutozo commended the NWC for bridging the gap between the rural women and government.

The women at the workshop were taken through the NWC 5 year Strategic and Investment Plan which seeks to address the following; economically independent women, the enrolment and retention of children in schools and nurture children and young people into responsible and patriotic citizens. The Strategic Plan proposes the 15 households model that will enable the five elected NWC executives at the village level to be in charge of mobilization, sensitization and overseeing ten households to effectively participate and benefit from different development interventions.

‘With the household model, each of the 5 NWC executive members at the village level will be in charge of mobilization, sensitization and overseeing 15 households. This will enable women and households to access development.’ Byaruhanga Innocent a consultant explained

The model has 3 pillars – Nurturing, Education and Socioeconomic empowerment towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals .

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.23

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

The speaker of the parliament of Uganda, Hon Alitwala Kadaga has urged women in leadership positions to take up the lead role in fighting for the rights of disadvantaged and marginalized fellow women if Uganda is to achieve full women participation.

African women leaders come together as a movement to launch the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and its Call to Action, backed by the African Union and the United Nations through UN Women.

Key Messages from The South Sudan Peace Process; The Role and Prospects of Women Refugees.

Major General Kristin Lund Visits Mali and the Netherlands discusses Women in the UN, Gender Peace and Security, and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

The United Nations and other international organizations will devote substantial time and attention in 2020 to assessing progress (or the lack of it) in increasing the participation of women in political and peace processes.

Negotiating culture for the realisation of women’s rights; “ I am sometimes told that gender is an idea whose time has passed. I disagree. I think it is needed now more than ever, having tasted its fruits.”

Some of the most exceptional works documented by women in recent times are being showcased at a two-day women’s film festival hosted by the Indian Embassy in Washington.

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Meet A Member of The Peace Centre

Doreen Musaazi is currently working with the Peace Centre as a Project Officer. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University and she is known for her excellent time-keeping skills and the fact that she always has a smile for everyone. Her hobbies include listening to music and reading newspapers, magazines or any other books.

  • How long have you been with The Peace Centre?

It’s been two months since I joined The Peace Centre. The field of women peace and security especially women in leadership however is not new to me, as I have previously worked with Women’s Democracy Network- Uganda Chapter.

  • What is feminist peace to you?

To me, feminist peace means having a gender perspective in all spheres, as well as the equal participation of women and men at all levels and in all processes, in the context of security and peace policies. It requires challenging the status quo by addressing the root causes of violence with a feminist lens as well as questioning systems and practices that deepen traditional gendered roles facilitating conflict and militarized security.

  • What is one thing you are learning now, and why is it important?

Transitional Justice which is described as the mechanisms and processes adopted in the aftermath of armed conflict or following authoritarian regimes. Before embarking on this campaign project on Transitional Justice, I did not know about transitional justice. The project has really enlightened me more about the deep effects of conflict and the need for sustainable peace in our society.

  • Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

Perry Aritua who happens to be someone I was privileged to have previously worked with. She is a very intelligent hardworking lady who inspires others to continue to grow as they learn. I learnt a lot from her work ethic that helped me view work differently.

  • What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

My passion for improvement and learning new things. I believe there’s nothing one can’t learn and the more you learn, the more you can improve yourself, your workspace and in many ways your community. I am also open to learning and I love to do new things. I acknowledged that you cannot grow without change and I’m enthusiastic in embracing it.

  • Any lessons for a junior colleague

Always be open to learning new things.

  • What motivates you most?

The desire to grow my career motivates me to work harder and never give up.

  • What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work especially personally?

I want to improve my networking abilities and gain new skills related to my profession.

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African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) Launches Ugandan Chapter.

The Peace Centre was part of the African Women Leaders Network Ugandan Chapter (AWLN) launch, This event took place on 28th February 2020 at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala under the theme “Widening our Space in Leadership“. The launch brought together over 400 women leaders across the spectrum from government, private sector, academia, civil society and rural areas.

The African Women Leaders Network is a ground breaking movement of African women leaders that seek to enhance the leadership of African women in the transformation of the continent in line with Africa Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development agenda 2030.

The network will serve as a continental platform to galvanize women’s leadership towards lasting peace and development in all sectors and at all levels, building on and working with existing women networks. It seeks to increase women’s participation in decision making through peer learning and mentoring, enhanced solidarity, advocacy and capacity building among other strategies.

Honorable Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda launched the Network in Uganda

The Ugandan Chapter was launched by Honorable Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda who noted her belief that AWLN will help to mobilize women across all sectors to strengthen the reins that women hold for the transformation of our continent. The launch was also supported by various government institutions and women leaders like Ministry of Gender, labour and social development, Dr. Elizabeth Mary Okello Founder and Chair of Kenya Women Finance Trust, Ms Janet Bugembe; Associate Prof Josephine Ahikire of Makerere University and many others.

The event was also a space for various conversations which included panel discussions. One which was moderated by our very own Executive Director, Helen Kezie-Nwoha. The discussion was on women’s leadership; perspective, challenges and way forward in regards to the civil society sector, academia/research, including young women leaders perspectives. The discussion highlighted the need for transformation to be by choice and not by chance and encouraging women to use their sphere of influence to help someone become the best version of themselves. “It could be a small drop in the ocean but it’s the drop that makes the ocean full.”

The Executive Director Uganda Women’s Network, Ms. Rita Hope Aciro, addressed the challenges faced by women including social structure with 80% of people thinking men make better leaders and the negative portrayal of women in the media. Women, children and people with disabilities are still facing discrimination she said. Ms. Aciro reiterated that the platform is a collective action towards addressing the barriers that have affected women in leadership since time immemorial.

“Women around the world have been affected by leadership, economically, politically and socially. This is the reason why we are calling for collective action as opposed to individualism. Together we look up to planet 50/50 as women of Africa,” Rita Hope Aciro.

“Mentorship is a day to day effort and something we are committed to doing; stop nagging, support women and girls in rural areas. We need to hold ourselves accountable and continue engaging to bring about positive change,” Rita added as she concluded her remarks.

 The UN Women Deputy Country Representative to Uganda, Ms. Adekemi Ndieli also underscored the significance of the platform, to bring together women from all walks of life who are passionate about leadership.  “We are all aware of the challenges facing women in Uganda and globally. As we embark on this great journey, we must pledge that no one will be left behind. This is the time to arise to action and we can only do it together.” With support from the office of the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security and the Federal Government of Germany, Adekemi pledged continued support of UN Women in empowering AWLN.

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The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.22

Welcome to Women’s International Peace Centre’s links roundup, where we share news, op-eds, and other stories that we’re talking about in Women, Peace and Security

Women Wage Peace — Visualizing Progress on Action for Peacekeeping. This photo essay illustrates women’s strength, leadership and invaluable contributions in peacekeeping settings.

Indonesia plans to establish a women’s network with Afghanistan to encourage Afghan women to contribute to the peace process in the war-torn country.

As part of its strategic goal to increase women’s participation in peace building, The Peace Centre held a conference under the theme; The Role and Prospects of Women Refugees in the South Sudan Peace Process.

We must condemn gender-based violence and men must take the lead.” the president of Namibia said when he officially opened the 10th Pan African Women’s Organisation Congress (PAWO) in Windhoek.

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In celebrating the achievements of women in Australia, here are four favorite moments where women have been at the centre of important agreement processes.

5 Activists Tell Us Why Women Must Be Leading the Fight For World Peace; Women from three continents tell us why they fight for inclusion in the conflict resolution process.

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The Role and Prospects of Women Refugees in the South Sudan Peace Process.

25th to 26th FEBRUARY 2020; ADJUMANI – UGANDA

As part of its strategic goal to increase women’s participation in peacebuilding, the Peace Centre held a conference in form of an interdisciplinary dialogue that brought different actors together to engage with South Sudan women and girls refugees in Uganda.

The conference aimed to provide a platform for women refugees and other actors to access information on the progress of the peace processes in South Sudan and design strategies for continued incorporation of their voices and presence. It also provided an opportunity for women to share their experience in peacebuilding, learn from best practices, plan to address Women, Peace and Security concerns such as under-representation of women in defining and delivery of humanitarian-development services, shortage of specific measures and mechanisms to facilitate women’s sustained participation in the peace processes and accountability for gender-responsiveness.

This promoted women’s effective participation in decision making relating to the consolidation of peace and humanitarian assistance as well as contributed to closing real and perceived gaps between often-isolated local women (including refugee women) and larger national level women’s rights organizations engaged in advocacy on key peacebuilding processes hence facilitating connections between the refugee women and other counterparts supporting the engendering of the implementation of the peace agreement and related transitional processes in South Sudan.

The Conference convened  100 Participants including; Women Peace Mediators from Refugee Settlements in Yumbe, Adjumani and Kotido, Civil Society Leaders engaged in peace processes in South Sudan, The Peace Centre Staff, UN Women, Local Governments, Office of the Prime Minister,  UNHCR, Implementing partners and aimed to achieve the following objectives:

•             To provide a platform for refugee women to understand and receive updates on the peacebuilding processes in South Sudan

•             To link the refugee women with other women involved in advocacy towards engendering the peace processes in South Sudan 

•             To ignite women’s ability to participate in the formal and informal peacebuilding processes right from the refugee settlement for sustainable peace in South Sudan. 

The conference was a major success as it had the following outcomes:

  1. An outcome document that presents the recommendations of the refugee women to the Government of National Unity of South Sudan and the Government of Uganda was developed.
  2. During the conference, even though our focus was on informing the refugees of the ongoing peace process(es), there was a lot of conversation on their return back home, the conference received a report from the Office of the Prime Minister on the number of refugees arriving in Uganda currently, and this was explained as fear of the outcome of the recently sworn-in Transitional Government in South Sudan. Based on this the women demanded for specific actions relating to their return including a ceasefire and disarmament.
  3. Improved Relationship between refugees from Yumbe and Adjumani through networking.  Most of the participants were joyful about the conference as they made new friends and were able to see the ones they hadn’t seen in a while
  4. Increased understanding on the peace building processes in South Sudan and the role of women in Peace building with Presentations from;
    Betty Sunday from Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO South Sudan who opened up on the context of the South Sudan peace process.
  • Jackline Nasiwa, Executive Director Centre for Inclusive Governance Peace and Justice (CIGPJ) gave a review of the transitions in South Sudan from 2013 to date, the role of women in peace processes and updates on the peace process; government being dissolved and appointment of 5 Vice Presidents, one being a woman.  She also encouraged the women to organize themselves and be hopeful for peace in South Sudan
  • Last but not least Dr Ronald Kalyango explained research findings on the implementing the revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) from a gender perspective. From this, he was able to discuss the barriers to women’s participation in security sector reforms such as; resistance to women in military and societal borders by prescribing child care to women which holds them back.
  • As a way forward, he listed recommendations like ensuring gender responsive budgeting, setting guidelines on how the government will encourage women participation in elections and supporting affirmative action for women participating in all institutions and processes. All this set the stage for a productive and involved discussion about the South Sudan peace process.

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Key Messages from The South Sudan Peace Process; The Role and Prospects of Women Refugees.

We, women refugees living in Uganda participated in the conference under the theme “The South Sudan Peace Process: The Role and Prospects of Refugee Women” in Adjumani, Uganda from 25 to 26 February 2020, acknowledged our common vision for sustainable peace in South Sudan and promoting peace in the communities where we live in Uganda;

THANK the Government of Uganda for their generosity of receiving us and enabling us to live in Uganda with dignity under their protection;

APPRECIATE the Office of the Prime Minister for Uganda, UNHCR and UN Women for their support over the years and providing us with access to education and health that has improved our well-being and livelihood;

FURTHER APPRECIATE the Government of Uganda for putting in place affirmative action for leadership in the settlements that has enabled 50-50 representation of women and men in decision making; that has enabled us to ensure the needs and concerns of women are taken into account in the management of the settlement;  

ACKNOWLEDGE the contribution of other partners whose support has helped address most of our needs, including the Refugee Law Project, Care International and the Women’s International Peace Centre;

REALISING that the Government of South Sudan is in the last stages of forming the Transitional Government of National Unity;

DRIVEN by the fact that urgent steps need to be taken to ensure that sustainable peace is achieved in South Sudan with the full participation of women and girls, particularly as it relates to the protection of women and girls from all forms of violence.

We urge the Government of South Sudan and signatories to the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan:

  • To ensure complete ceasefire is maintained and non-signatories are brought on board to participate in the peace implementation by silencing the guns.
  • We demand for a functional Disarmament, Demobilization and Rehabilitation Commission to ensure arms are removed from communities.
  • We call upon H.E President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Macher to visit us in the camps and assure us of no return to war. We are tired of being refugees and want to return home to participate in building our nation.
  • To ensure the complete implementation of the Revitalized Agreement and ALL its provision including monitoring and reporting; as well as respect the provision of 35% representation of women in decision making by nominating women in decision making positions at all levels. There is no sustainable without the full participation of women at all levels.
  • Recognize the capacity that resides with women refugees living in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt and find ways to ensure their inclusion in decision making to achieve sustainable peace;
  • Develop and implement the safe and dignified return of refugees, by developing and reinforcing policies that guarantee the safety of all citizens, protect our borders and civilian populations especially IDPs and safeguard their human rights, including the right to safety, education, health, food security, economic development, and ensure lands that have been taken away are returned to rightful owners.
  • Urge IGAD to continue to monitor the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement to ensure none of the parties violates ALL provisions; and if they do sanctions should apply.
  • Also we urge the international community to monitor and support the peace process in South Sudan and ensure accountability for violation of human rights.
  • We call on the Government of Uganda to continue to provide safe zones for refugee populations, develop and strengthen policies to provide holistic interventions that target women, girls and vulnerable groups including reintegration and economic empowerment for refugees.

Dated at Adjumani, this 26th day of February 2020.

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Establishment of District Peace Committees in 6 project districts

The Peace Centre in partnership with the Conflict Early Warning and Early Response Unit (CEWERU) held meetings on 12th, 13th, 18th ,20th and 24th February, in Arua, Kapelebyong Kassanda, Kotido, Yumbe and Adjumani Districts respectively to establish District Peace Committees. This was with the support and guidance of the Resident District Commissioners, who are the Heads of security and the representatives of the President in the Districts.
The meetings aimed at increasing the understanding of members on the roles and responsibilities of the District Peace Committees, which includes to strengthen collaborative partnership between the District Peace Committees, Monitors, and Analysts and developing of action plans for convening meetings by the committees.

“Conflict mediation and resolution is key for peaceful electoral processes. Am happy that The Peace Centre has established a structure to respond to early warning incidences. I pledge to work with all stakeholders including the recently trained women that will act as violence monitors. This committee will handle issues of land, violence, human rights and electoral conflicts.” Hajj Ziad Kaleme- LC5 Kassanda District Local Government.

A total of 141 women were inaugurated as peace committee members (78 men and 63 women); (Arua – 17 men & 6 women); (Kapelebyong – 7 men & 7 women); (Kassanda – 12 men & 6 women); (Kotido 19 men & 19 women); (Yumbe 11 men & 14 women); (Adjumani 12 men & 11 women). The District Peace Committee members include: Resident District Commissioners, Local Council V Chairpersons, Resident State Attorneys; District Police Commanders; District Internal Security Officers; Military; Speakers; Officers in Charge of Prisons; District Information Officers; District Community Development Officers; representatives of the Electoral Commission; Office of the Prime Minister; Uganda Human Rights Commission; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); National Women’s Council -Women representatives; Youths representatives; Religious, Cultural & Kraal leaders; Representatives of Civil Society Organisations, Chairpersons of respective Sub-County Peace committees; and Regional Internal Security Officers.

As a result, six (6) District Peace Committees were established and trained.
It is expected that all the six districts will hold monthly meetings commencing end of March, 2020 to receive update on early warning conflict/violence incidents and follow up reported cases to address the issues and document outcomes.

“The committee will help bridge the gap between district local government and the citizens. It will provide instant response to the citizens”. RDC Arua

The training has increased understanding on roles and responsibilities of the District Peace Committees among the Peace Committee members and leaders and also strengthened collaborative partnership between the District Peace Committees, Monitors, Analysts and the Peace Centre.

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