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United Nations, African Union and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in partnership for a joint solidarity mission for women in the region

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nairobi (KENYA), 10 August 2018 – The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the African Union (AU), through their respective platforms and forums on women, and UN-Women, are undertaking joint solidarity missions to Burundi from 9–12 August, the Central African Republic from 13–15 August and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16–19 August. The... More

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

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... More

Women hold key to sustainable Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region

Friday, April 6, 2018

The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was a groundbreaking addition to the global peace and security infrastructure. The resolution served as the first global affirmation that women both disproportionately suffer from conflict and have an integral role to play in conflict resolution, peace negotiation, peacebuilding, and humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts. As such, the four pillars of 1325 – Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Relief and Recovery – reflect on the need to incorporate gender perspectives in peace and security efforts at all levels. More

High-level Review on Women, Peace and Security: 15 years of Security Council resolution 1325

Monday, October 12, 2015

Since the adoption of resolution 1325, women’s participation in peace and security decision-making has been key to preventing conflict and securing peace. To assess progress and accelerate action, the 2015 High-level Review will take place along with the launch of the Global Study on the implementation of resolution 1325, from 12-14 October. More

Women's Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

Thursday, October 8, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

Peacekeeping Training For Female Officers Extols Role Played by Women in the Military

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The second UN peacekeeping training for female military officers, convened by UN Women in collaboration with the South African government, concluded after two busy weeks on Friday, September 18th. Held at the South African Army School’s Peace Mission Training Centre in Pretoria, the training was attended by 40 female officers from 26 countries around the world. More

Remembering Nelson Mandela’s work to bring women to the table during peace talks in Burundi

Friday, December 6, 2013

In his role as Facilitator for the Burundi Peace Negotiations, former South African President Nelson Mandela worked with one of UN Women’s predecessor organizations to bring women to the peace table for the first time. More

Girls receive a visit from a different man every night, a ‘new husband’: In the words of Saran Keïta Diakité

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saran Keïta Diakité is a lawyer in Mali and President of the Malian branch of the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO). As the Donor Conference on Mali starts in Brussels, in her own words she speaks about the atrocities occurring in her country, which has been plagued by political instability and the proliferation of armed groups that have uprooted more than 415,000 people since a military coup d’état in March 2012. She also talks about the work of her NGO, supported by UN Women, to assist survivors of violence, provide access to justice, and to ensure women have a say in peace negotiations. She was one of four female mediators who took part in peace negotiations from 15-17 April 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Saran also recently spoke in April 2013 at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on conflict-related sexual violence in New York. More

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