Media Advisory: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board of the PSC Framework Women’s Platform, ICGLR, AU, Femwise-Africa and UN Women

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WHAT: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board members of the Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region

WHEN: 9–12 August 2018

WHERE: Bujumbura, Burundi

 

CONTEXT

The signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013 and the adoption of Security Council resolution 2389 on the DRC have not only opened new perspectives on the resolution of the conflicts faced by the Great Lakes region, but have also encouraged a concerted and integrated approach by the United Nations, African Union and regional bodies, including the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community.

Progress, while limited, has been made in the achievement of the objectives set out in the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and in the implementation of the Framework. However, problems persist and continue to impede the peaceful conduct of the political process and the establishment of security and lasting peace in the region. In this context, women are most significantly affected, as crises keep them in a permanent state of vulnerability.

In July 2016, the Women’s Platform for the Framework agreement met in Goma, DRC, and identified ways to strengthen the role of women in peace and security in the region. In the Goma Declaration adopted at that meeting, the Women’s Platform “requested the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region to organize a Joint Advisory Board mission to countries affected by conflicts”. At its meeting in Nairobi on 22 February 2018, the Advisory Board also resolved to undertake such visits in 2018 to Burundi, the Central African Republic, the

Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE MISSION

Obtain political commitment by the leaders in the concerned countries to ensure women are fully involved in political and peace processes in the region;

Enhance linkages with the ministers of gender and high-level national government officials to promote inclusive political processes and gender equity through the adoption of specific framework Action Plans for women’s contribution and participation in political and dialogue processes.

In Burundi, to recommend an enhanced mediation process to achieve a fair and inclusive dialogue process that fully involves women and advances Women, Peace and Security priorities.

COMPOSITION OF THE DELEGATION

The high-level delegation will comprise members of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Platform. The mission will be carried out in cooperation with the African Union FemWise-Africa network, the ICGLR’s Women Forum and UN-Women. More specifically, the delegation will comprise Ms. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, former Vice-President of Uganda, Co-President of FemWise-Africa and member of the African Union Panel of the Wise; Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, former Executive-Secretary, ICGLR, and Guest Researcher and Associate Director of the Institute of African Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; and Dr. Attiat Halleem, President of ICGLR Regional Women, Khartoum, Sudan.