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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.9

The week in Women, Peace and Security

“When I hear the vuvuzela, I think, ‘here comes safety’; South Africa’s iconic vuvuzela trumpet is being used as a tool to beat street crime against women in Soweto.

The United Kingdom remains committed to a holistic approach to supporting peace and security in Africa, recognising the mutually reinforcing links between security, prosperity and good governance.

Christine Ahn founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ and international coordinator of the Korea Peace Now! urges Korean peace process to include women to be truly sustainable.

Civil society groups in the Pacific say gender equality and women’s rights are essential for climate justice.

Rosa Anaya, an El Salvadoran human rights activist is honored with the 2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security for her work rehabilitating inmates in El Salvador.

The Borno State Honourable Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, pledges NGOs collaborative support to strengthen resilience, peacebuilding for women and girls

UN Peacebuilding Commission and the AU Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) Framework are urged to work together to provide assistance to post-conflict countries.

Hillary Clinton awards Michelle Bachelet, Virginia Marta Velásquez and Rosa Anaya working to combat gang violence and promote women’s rights in Central America.

Members of the UN Security council to visit Addis Ababa for annual consultations between the panel and the AU’s Peace and Security Council

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Reclaiming our Space; Women influencing Multiparty Democracy

On the 26th to 27th September, Women’s International Peace Centre, in partnership with Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) and Eve Organization for Women Development convened a two days Think Tank under the theme;  Reclaiming our Space; Women influencing Multiparty Democracy” for Women in Political leadership to reflect on strategies of enhancing the influence and strategic participation of women in multi-party political dispensation and national development. The Think Tank brought together 15 women politicians from 5 political parties, Ministry of Gender, and CSOs.

In August 2015, following almost 2years of on-and-off peace negotiations mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), parties to the conflict and other stakeholders signed the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The agreement provided for the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and for national elections after two and a half years. It also envisaged broad security sector reform, transitional justice, and a constitutional development process.  In December 2017, the High Level Revitalisation Forum commenced resulting in the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) in December 2017, the Declaration of Principles in February 2018, the Khartoum Declaration Agreement (KDA) in June 2018 and the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on the 12 September in Khartoum, Sudan. In all these processes, women played key roles as mobilisers, advocates, mediators and negotiators. Organized under the auspices of the South Sudan Women’s Coalition, women pushed for inclusivity and secured space for the technical team to access the negotiation venues in Addis Ababa and Khartoum. They also influenced the peace agreement to Include a provision to have at least 35% affirmative action /women representation in all committees and for the implementation of the agreement and at all levels of decision making.

Our Key objective was to strengthen debate on women’s participation and influence in post conflict governance and decision making in South Sudan and specifically providing  a space for critical dialogue and analysis on women’s engagement and influence in politics and national development for meaningful gender equality and equity and also develop a strategic agenda to strengthen capacity of women in decision making.

Protecting women’s space in politics is especially important in the conflict resolution area. Despite women’s longstanding role in informal dispute resolution, their near absence from peace talks and similar international security processes & mechanisms requires particular attention.

Ms. Jackline Nasiwa presents two papers on #UNSCR1325 and its linkage to the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and Women and Peace building framing in South Sudan in line with R-ARCSS implementation.

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.8

A new report on domestic violence against women in Pakistan ‘Not accepting abuse as the norm: Local forms of institutional reform to improve reporting on domestic violence in Punjab’, argues for beyond legal remedies to protect women.

Aisha Buhari Calls for Eradication of Gender Bias in Military

Nigerian Federal Government to step up efforts to include women in conflict resolution processes and peacebuilding

Vice President Biden plans to build on the Violence Against Women Act, make women safer, and protect women’s civil rights.

World Peace Summit to calls for collective efforts for Sustainable Peace and Development

G7’s Gender Equality Advisory Council are urging countries to ditch archaic and discriminatory laws and promote empowerment

Front Line Defenders is now accepting applications for the Research and Admin Fellowship: Africa. The fellowship is designed to provide training and practical work experience in an international non-governmental organisation to recent graduates seeking a career in human rights

The many scripts that women are told to follow in the machinery of patriarchal fear taught by society.

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.7

The week in Women, Peace and Security

Report from Action on Armed Violence examines the gendered impacts of explosive weapons

The Government of Lebanon endorse the country’s first National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, offering a comprehensive national framework for the long term stability and security of Lebanon and a building block for the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Congress must be engaged if the Women, Peace and Security Agenda is to be more than words

West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), establishes a weekly live radio programme in seven states across Nigeria on “Women’s Voices for Peace

Women are a crucial factor for lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Countering negative narratives on women’s military participation; the need to normalise the participation of women in militaries

 Why are women mysteriously missing from D.C. think tanks’ foreign policy panels?

As Afghanistan Elections Approach, Special Representative Underscores Importance of Resumed Talks between Kabul, Taliban, in Briefing to Security Council

UN Member States agree on the scope, modalities, format and organization of a high-level meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing+25)

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.6

The week in Women, Peace and Security

The 10th World Humanitarian Day campaign recognised ‘#WomenHumanitarians’ and the role they play in fostering peace and security, with women often ‘the first to respond and the last to leave’ when a crisis hits their communities.

Celebrating the women staying behind in humanitarian crises across the world.

The Group of Gender Equality Leaders established issues a set of recommendations on gender parity in education and access to health services, as well as promoting women’s “full and effective participation.”

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) urges the inclusion of women in decision making.

Dr. Denis Mukwege has announced the creation of a global fund for victims of sexual abuse

The Norwegian Embassy in Manila partners with the Center for Peace Education (CPE) for the “WePeace: Women in Peacekeeping project, an initiative that provides a gender-responsive, community-based, training that will build the capacity of women peacekeepers in their local communities.

New Zealand’s defence ministry and Samoa’s foreign affairs ministry co-hosted a summit on women, peace and security in Apia. 

New Zealand launches the Pacific Defence Gender Network at the WPS summit in Apia.

Countries are failing to implement weapons treaty’s gender provisions; the Australian government doesn’t consider gender-based violence when assessing applications for defense export permits.

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Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peaceful Electoral Processes in Uganda

Since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1988, Uganda has not experienced peaceful, violent free democratic electoral processes. Uganda’s elections continue to be characterised by violence, ballot stuffing, altering of results and in the end a myriad of election petitions. The political environment in the build-up to, during and after elections has become increasingly charged with a number of reports of harassment, intimidation, acts of corruption, human rights abuses perpetrated by different political nemesis over the years. While the government has enacted laws on guiding the electoral processes such as the Presidential Elections Act and the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005 gaps were identified by the Supreme Court in its ruling on petitions made it to court in 2006 and 2016 with the greatest challenge in the conduction of democratic elections being the conflicts that emerge  before, during  and especially after elections.

With funding from Democracy Governance Facility (DGF), The Centre is implementing a project ‘Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peaceful Electoral Processes in Uganda’aimed at improving women’s engagement and influence on electoral processes. In its initial stages, the project will focus on broader interventions covering pre-election, election and post-election processes and shall be implemented in the districts of Arua, Kapelebyong and Kassanda respectively. The project builds on the success of The Centres’ implementation of the Women’s Situation Room composed of the youth peer-to-peer peace process and women advocates for peace programmes implemented in the build-up to, during and in the after-math of Uganda’s 2016 general elections. In addition, the project also contributes to DGF’s higher-level outcome proportion of population satisfied with the way democracy works in Uganda and DGF higher-level indicator ‘proportion of population who believe decision making is inclusive and responsive’.

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.5

The week in Women, Peace and Security

Liberian women demand President Weah to take action against continuous intimidation against female political actors that has continued to deny women the freedom, autonomy, and opportunities and marginalize their voice, participation and ability to exercise their civic and political rights. 

Civil society organizations have called for Indonesia to show its leadership in linking women to the peace and security agenda, as women continue to be underrepresented in peacebuilding.

Switzerland commits to gender mainstreaming in peace processes through its dialogue project, in liaison with the NGO Wildaf-Mali.  

UN envoy in Iraq calls for inclusion of women in politics, decision-making process as currently no women have been placed in the Iraqi Parliament leadership, nor as ministers in the new federal government.

South Africa is finally making the headway with its women, peace and security agenda at a time when sexual violence is on the rise

Uganda hosts its first ever conference for Women in Military on Women Peace and Security with the sole aim of bolstering and promoting the integration of women and general consideration of gender in the military circles.

UN Security Council prepares to vote for the for non-permanent seats on the council 2021-22

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.4

The week in Women, Peace, and Security

The new code of conduct, outlined in the African Union Policy on Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for Peace Support Operations, prioritizes the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence and puts peacekeeping operations at the forefront of ensuring justice and the protection of vulnerable populations.

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hands over a Women’s Rehabilitation centre to a local women’s group in Wau to help empower them politically and economically.

The Southern African Development Community Regional Strategy on Women, Peace and Security (2018-2022) publication is launched demonstrating its commitment towards political stability, sustainable peace, security, and good governance.

UN Women announces the “Beijing+25 Youth Task Force”, comprising of 30 young leaders from different youth-led and youth-serving organizations, with diverse areas of expertise and from all regions of the world.

Kayan Women’s Organization (KyWO) is helping to upgrade the role that women from Karenni areas play in peace and politics, and support the peace process through State-level contributions

Five new informative policy documents and strategies presenting issues ranging from energy to infrastructure to gender, and monitor progress on regional integration in southern Africa are launched ahead of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit.

The future of women leaders in Afghanistan; It is only when the institutional structures change in Afghanistan, when there are structural changes on a macro and micro level, can the status of women leaders shift from symbols to real people.

Nepali Women’s rights activists, government officials, and stakeholders stress the need for a consolidated progress report to be presented in multiple UN forums.

Afghan women make it clear they want peace without oppression

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Open Letter to the Group of Friends of UNSCR 1325

The Open Letter to the Group of Friends of 1325 calls on governments to accelerate commitments on Women, Peace and Security as part of their work on sustainable development, including on gender equality and peaceful and inclusive societies.

This letter is in advance of the 24th-25th September SDG Summit, which will also launch the 2019-2020 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) Review Process and where Member States have been asked to share Voluntary Accelerated Actions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to scale up ambition and action. It is more important than ever that we call on member states to strengthen participation, protection, and rights of women and girls across the conflict spectrum by ensuring that policy coherence and women’s human rights are addressed in SDG implementation.

Press Release
Open Letter

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.3

The week in Women, Peace and Security

Writing for the Global Observatory, Jamie Hagen has considered the future of LGBTQ human rights in the context of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Women are working to make inroads as mediators and advocates in a number of conflicts elsewhere despite the July meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistani leaders excluding women and Trump’s signing of the US Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017.

A book by Patricia Wall, Our women on the ground, delves into the stories of 19 Arab and Middle Eastern female journalists.

The London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre releases a short video on the nexus between displacement and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

The United Nations–African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region—launches a public awareness campaign on the ‘elimination of sexual violence in conflict’.

Women leaders in Kenya demand for 50 per cent of all State and public office jobs following the 50:50 gender rule.

The need for a gendered approach to countering violent extremism.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale meets with Sudanese women and youth leaders urging them to continue their persistent and peaceful engagement.

Susan Sebit calls for young women’s inclusion in peacebuilding in South Sudan.

In an interview with the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Ghalia Sassi discusses her experience as a mediator in Libya and suggests ways in which women mediators can be better supported.

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.2

The week in Women, Peace and Security

Women Around the World and Women and Foreign Policy Program call for a feminist approach to humanitarian support

Girls at Dhabas a local feminist collective advocating gender equality in the public sphere organize a women centric march against violence 

South Africa set to adopt a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

PRIO Researchers contribute to a new book on Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar. 

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence are calling for gun control.

Press Statement of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 862nd meeting to an open session on the theme: “Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts in Africa”

The Trump administration leads in elevating women in peacebuilding processes the world with a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) comprehensive law (2017) and strategy (2019)

South Africa to promote women’s role in peace and security at the UN.

Negotiations with the Taliban must include Afghan women to protect their progress and build a sustainable peace.

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The Centre’s Weekly Resource Hub No.1

Happy New Month!
This week we share news, resources and opportunities for women, peace and security globally.

The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth addresses the need to promote an environment that recognizes young people’s important and positive contributions to peace and security, while creating safe spaces and expanding opportunities for young people.

Ms. Anna Mutavati, the Deputy Representative UN Women in Uganda urges the government to increase the engagement of women in peace negotiations in conflicts while speaking at Women Peace and Security Programme workshop

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) call for nominations of African women who have exceptionally advanced the women, peace and security agenda in Africa. The women will be featured in an upcoming commemorative book set to be launched in year 2020.

The UN deputy chief issues an impassioned plea on 21st July for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard. 

The role of young women as advocates of peace and security in Palestine is being strengthened through implementation of the Interpeace and Freedom Theatre project through creativity and art.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict addresses the African Union Peace and Security Council on ending sexual violence in conflict.

Refugee women could generate up to $1.4 trillion to annual global GDP if employment and wage gaps were closed according to a new analysis conducted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Changing Our Name

45 years into our journey of amplifying women’s voice and power, we are pleased to share that Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) is NOW to Women’s International Peace Centre (The Centre).

Isis-WICCE –named after the Egyptian goddess of wisdom and justice- started out in 1974 as a global women’s resource centre documenting and disseminating women’s ideas, concerns and experiences with the aim of ending gender inequality. This organically resulted into physical cross-cultural exchanges, bringing together women human rights defenders from diverse countries to discuss topical gender equality issues, share experiences and strategies to dismantle patriarchy and advance women’s empowerment across the globe.

The Board Chair officially announcing the change of the name from Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) to Women’s International Peace Centre (The Centre).

With the move to Uganda in 1994, the organisation carved out its niche with a focus on women, peace and security. The international cross-cultural exchange morphed into the feminist leadership institute on peace building and human security; the resource centre focused on conducting research and generating feminist knowledge on women’s experiences and specific needs in conflict and post-conflict which also formed the evidence base for women’s advocacy for peace and gender-responsive post-conflict recovery in 27 countries.

Isis-WICCE also focused on healing women war survivors – addressing their psychological, physical and gynaecological needs – and mentoring women leaders and women’s groups to continue their peace building and conflict transformation efforts. With the move to a more holistic approach (of research, advocacy, healing, skills building and mentorship for peace), it has become increasingly recognized that the organisation is no longer solely a platform for women’s international cross-cultural exchange. As such, we deemed it necessary to adopt a name that reflects our core focus on igniting women’s leadership, amplifying their voices and deepening their activism in recreating peace.

Our new strategic plan for the period 2019 to 2022 was also launched with a focus on enhancing the position of women to more powerfully and unapologetically influence peace building processes and transform peace building spaces to be more gender inclusive and gender responsive.

The new name Women’s International Peace Centre reflects our commitment to create an incubator for women seeking to re-create peace and live in peace across the globe. The change in name is also timely as the name Isis has been adopted by other actors with views and actions antithetical to ours.

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Women’s Political Participation for Peace and Security

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced a series of conflicts since gaining independence in the 1960s with an impact on the governance and livelihoods of the citizens and spill-over to the neighbouring countries of the Great Lakes Region. A number of dialogues have been initiated through the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region; the Peace and Security Cooperation Framework for DRC and others. The DRC has launched its second-generation NAP and has been upfront in providing relevant frameworks to promote the women, peace and security agenda. DRC is also emerging from an electoral process held on 30th December 2018 that has brought in new leadership at different levels. Women have played a significant role in all these peacebuilding and governance processes. 

In this regard, The Centre has in partnership with Karibu Jeunesse Nouvelle Association des Femmes Des Medias and the Ministry of Gender,Family and Children conducted a five-day leadership institute from 20th to 26th June, bringing together 20 women leaders from political parties and the civil society on the topic Women’s Political Participation for Peace and Security”. The training aimed to strengthen the capacity of women leaders to engage in and influence post-conflict decision-making and governance as well as to demand accountability from policymakers towards realising the meaningful inclusion of women in governance and decision-making in Democratic Republic of Congo -.

Participants looked at the background and context of Women, peace and security Participants looked at Transformative Leadership, Feminist Leadership, Communication in Leadership, training on UNSCR 1325, and coaching in Women’s Participation in leadership.

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Promoting Peaceful Electoral Processes in Uganda through Constructive Engagements

Elections are an important mechanism in democratic and peace processes as they provide citizens with an opportunity to choose freely their political leaders and allocate power peacefully. However, underlying tensions in a society and high-stake competition can also result in violent and fraudulous elections. Based on its mandate in peacebuilding, Women’s International Peace Centre with support from Kingdom of Belgium are implementing a 2yr project “Promoting Peaceful Electoral Processes in Uganda through Constructive Engagements” in the districts of Kampala, Lira, Soroti, Luweero and Rukungiri.

Inception meetings were held to introduce the Districts to the project. The project aims to reduce violence and conflict in the electoral processes by;

  1. Creating a platform for research and knowledge generation and sharing on election-related conflict in Uganda
  2. Developing informed peace training content, programmes and tools to strengthen peace building for electoral processes.
  3. Strengthening capacities for coordination and information systems management for monitoring and tracking programme delivery.

The Centre will conduct research on Election Violence in Arua, Soroti, Rukungiri and Kampala District, design training materials, train 50 youth peer educators and 50 women peace advocates in trainers, hold Youth dialogues & debates establishing of youth peace committees to mitigate conflict during the electoral processes.

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Tracking Education of girls and women in conflict and post conflict situations in Africa

Crises and Conflict directly derails education, yet it is education that is a catalysis towards renascence of Africa. The number and intensity of violent conflicts has increased in the past decade and Africa has not been an exception. In 2017 Africa experienced 18 state-based conflicts, a decrease from 21 in 2016, though the continent experienced a significant increase in non-state conflict; and the denominator is that girls and women bear the greatest human casualties.  Based on the high population of girls and women affected by these conflicts, it is important that conversations majoring on education are focused towards actualization of education right during and post conflict periods. It is known that existing power dynamics and inequalities are amplified during conflicts, educational gains lost, social fabric torn, and thus jeopardizing the achievements of the continent’s Agenda 2063. 

There is need to deliberate, understand and exchange ideas on policies, legislation, plans, financing and monitoring reforms within the education continuum while being cognizant of conflict situations in Africa.  It is within this context that The Centre joined the Government of Kenya, the Canadian Government in collaboration with the Office of Special envoy of chairperson for African Union Commission of Women Peace & Security, and the Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) in a one day conference focusing on girls and women’s access to education in conflict and post conflict situations in Africa and review existing implementation mechanisms by governments, CSOs and education stakeholders to harmonize execution, strengthen synergy and alignment to regional, continental and global educational frameworks.

The conference recommendations will contribute to the outcome document to be presented as African position on girls and women education in conflict during the Women Deliver conference in Canada in June 2019. The outcome of these deliberations will lead to formulation of policies for the continental position paper on girls and women education in conflict to be tabled at the African Union next Ordinary Session for endorsement and also inform the framework that the Office of African Union Special Envoy Women Peace & Security is currently adapting towards advocacy on education for girls and women in conflict, guide various government implementation strategies in conflict education as well as inform FAWE and other CSOs working education in conflict in Africa.   

The #EducationInConflict conversation was held at Windsor Golf and Country Hotel in Nairobi Kenya, on 22nd May 2019 bringing representation from Government of Kenya, Government of Canada, African Union,  all 33 countries where FAWE has presence, government representation from countries who are / have been faced directly /indirectly by conflict,  within the past decade, civil society under GIMAC, the academia and experts in education in emergencies.   

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Regional Women, Peace and Security Forum Meeting

On 16th May 2018, the Peace and Security Council of the African Union Commission adopted the Continental Results Framework (CRF) that aims to accelerate delivery on commitments made over years by Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other stakeholders on Women, Peace and Security Agenda. And 18yrs after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that anchored the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, and despite the existence of numerous instruments at the Global, Continental and National Levels, women’s role and leadership in peace and security processes on the African continent remains marginal.

Efforts to ensure that the voices of women are heard and taken into consideration in conflict prevention and peacebuilding includes the establishment of Regional Women, Peace and Security Forums in various parts of Africa. Recent efforts to strengthen the leadership of women in Africa include the creation of a Network of African Women Mediators (FemWise) and the   establishment of an African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), as vehicles for women leaders in various areas to contribute to the transformation of Africa, in line with Africa Agenda 2063. 

Building on these initiatives, the Office of the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) convened a consultative meeting of Regional Women Peace Forums in Africa, Regional Economic Communities(RECs), Centres of Excellence on Women, Peace and Security and other Networks, in partnership with the Women’s International Peace Centre with the aim to establish an informal platform  that provides space to share experiences and explore ways to  speak with a united voice, advocating  for women leadership in peace processes and  delivery on commitments across the continent, using the Continental Results Framework and  other adopted regional instruments. The meeting also provided women of Africa with an opportunity to join hands and examine profoundly their role in silencing the guns, as a path to bring lasting peace to the continent. The year 2020 marks also the 20th anniversary of UNSCR1325 that constitutes the bedrock of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. The Forum provided an opportunity to review the implementation of UNSCR1325 in the region and identify priority areas towards 1325 at 20 years.

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Feminist Leadership Institute on Women Peace and Security; Africa Cohort.

As one of the leading actors on Women, Peace and Security, Women’s International Peace Centre prioritises strengthening and re-igniting women’s leadership potential to build peace because women and girls bear the burden of armed conflict and war. The periods of transition from conflict to peace offer opportunities for women to participate in the rebuilding and reshaping of societies. However, to enable women maintain the momentum required in the different spaces of engagement, they require specialized skills and a support network.  The 2019 5-day WIPC Leadership Institute focused on 20 vibrant women leaders from South Sudan, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) including refugee women leaders living in Uganda. These countries assented to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and have developed National Action Plans for its implementation. 

The training focused on three modules; Feminism, Peace and Security, understanding peace building processes and personal wellness and selfcare.

1. Feminism, Peace and Security facilitated by Dr. Tabitha Mulyampiti focused on the gender and feminist analysis of conflict and peace building and introduced feminist conflict analysis tools that enabled the participants to apply feminist principles to particular conflict situations at personal, community and government levels. Participants were introduced to ‘gender’ as an integral concept that shapes the understanding of peace/war making connections between gender, conflict, peace and security. Participants reflected on their experiences of being gendered as women and how this has shaped their experiences of ‘peace’/safety/security.

L; Zawadi Rachel shares participants expectations during the training with Dr. Tabitha Mulyampiti 

2. Understanding Peace Building Processes; This module was facilitated by Helen Kezie-Nwoha who introduced participants to informal peace processes, advocacy providing participants with skills to engage and influence peace processes at national, regional, and global level.   

Helen Kezie-Nwoha facilitating the session on Understanding peace building processes

3. Personal Wellness and Self-care 

Solome Nakaweesi facilitating the wellness sessions

Leadership in contexts of conflict and peace negotiation processes is often challenging and can result to burnout and fatigue. During the training, It was important that these vibrant women understand that their passion for peacebuilding, Leadership and activism should not be at the expense of their personal health and fun. Sessions of Wellness and Self Care were practiced throughout the training. Our wellness facilitator Solome Nakaweesi provided Participants with simple tools they can use for their own self-care such as wellness journaling. A beautiful and strong web of sisterhood was weaved during the 5 days

participants share a light moment during an ice break session

After the 5 days training, participants developed action plans that they would implement in their home countries.Our role is to ensure that women are at the center and the provisions of the agreement and the mandated structures work towards the desired peace in South Sudan, DRC, Burundi and Uganda

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Women Leading Change in Post Conflict Governance in South Sudan & DRC

The Centre with support from African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) are implementing a 2yr project onWomen Leading Change In Post Conflict Governance” in South Sudan focused on supporting advocacy for the implementation of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 for the inclusion of a significant number of women in implementation of the peace agreement and in mediation processes. The project also seeks to enable national monitoring and reporting on 1325 implementation progress against the AU Continental Results Framework in an effort to advance the women, peace and security agenda. Our mission to Juba, South Sudan on 15th April introduced the project to the Ministry of Gender and targeted women’s rights organisations working on UNSCR 1325 as well as gather key information on the current status of women’s participation in post-conflict governance and 1325 NAP implementation.

Gender-responsive governance reforms are intended to connect the numeric and the substantive representation of women. Gender-responsive governance ensures that institutions respond more effectively to women’s needs and priorities; enhance women’s wellbeing, livelihoods and citizen-ship rights; and build government institutions that require and produce more participation by women, and not only by women elites, but also by grassroots women.

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Girls Leadership Camp; Promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights in Otubet primary school, Amuria District

For millions of young people around the world, the onset of adolescence brings not only changes to their bodies but also new vulnerabilities to human rights abuses, particularly in the arenas of sexuality, marriage and childbearing.

Millions of girls are coerced into unwanted sex or marriage, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and dangerous childbirth. Yet too many adolescents face barriers to reproductive health information and care. Even those able to find accurate information about their health and rights may be unable to access the services needed to protect their health.

In session; Making reusable sanitary pads

In partnership with Akwenyutu People Living with HIV&AIDS (APHAS), we conducted a 2-day Girls Leadership camp reaching out to 128 girls helping them to recognize and avert risks and improve their reproductive health. The girls were trained in understanding their bodies, HIV&AIDS, stigma & discrimination, positive living, knowing/understanding their menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene and making Re-usable sanitary pads.

School-based sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education is one of the most important and widespread ways to help adolescents to recognize and avert risks and improve their reproductive health. Schools are the primary institutions able to reach a majority of adolescents, while also having an impact at the community level. They have the infrastructure, the tools and the staff trained to teach. In many developing countries teachers assume an important role in the community, while also serving as role models to many adolescents. By providing reproductive health programmes early, schools encourage the formation of healthy sexual attitudes and practices.

Suzan Nkinzi, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer handing over materials to the senior lady (Ms. Iraut Rebecca) and the Head teacher (Mr. Edeu Richard)
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