Women, peace and security in practice

3/2/2012 // A group of African women leaders have met with Norway’s UN Ambassador Morten Wetland to discuss the how UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security is being implemented in their countries.

The meeting took place in New York during the 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The delegation was led by Liberian Yvette Chesson-Wureh, representing Femmes Africa Solidarité which is active in Burundi, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. Their goal is to ensure the participation of women in peace building and other political decision making processes.

Promoting women’s inclusion in peace and security issues is a priority for the Norwegian Government and Femmes Africa Solidarité is one of several groups that receive Norwegian support to implement SCR 1325.

Femmes Africa Solidarité run many educational and empowement projects that aim to ensure women's rights overall, including the monitoring of elections to make sure that women are not excluded from democratic processes. 

Also attending the meeting with Ambassador Wetland were Jeanne d’Arc Kanakuze (Rwanda), Chairperson of Pro Femmes Twese Hamwe, Monique Kandé (DRC), Director of the Regional Center for Research and Documentation on Women, Gender and Peace-building in the Great Lakes, Catherine Mabobori (Burundi), President of the Association of Women Parliamentarians in Burundi (SOFEPA) and Nana Pratt (Sierra Leone), Founder member, Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET).

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