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Take Five: Engaging grassroots women enhances the localization process of UNSCR 1325

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Robinah Rubimbwa, is the Executive Director of Coalition for Action on 1325 (CoACT), an implementing partner of UN Women in Uganda. For over a decade, Robinah has developed training tools and manuals on localization and engaging young women in community-level peacebuilding, among others. Robinah is a member of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC), a network hosted by Conciliation Resources which connects women with a broad range of mediation knowledge and experience.

From where I stand, Catherine Kwanje Micheal: "If more women are trained as peacebuilders, in the next 10 years the world will be more peaceful"

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Catherine Kwanje Micheal aged 43 years is a 2-time refugee. In 1994, she fled into Uganda as a young girl, attended school in Uganda and in 2000 voluntarily returned back to her home town of Yei, in South Sudan hoping to settle down and rebuild her life. Four years ago, Catherine was forced to flee again and return to Uganda after heightened fighting in her community. Catherine now lives in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District, with her 73-year-old mother and 6 nieces and nephews.

From where I stand, Ayoo Janet: "The number of women peace mediators is still limited and this hinders the amplifying of women’s voices in peace building processes"

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In 2019, UN Women with support from the Embassy of Norway began a partnership with Women International Peace Centre to implement a project titled “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peace Building in Uganda”. Through this project, the capacity of 156 women peace mediators from Kotido, Yumbe and Adjumani refugee and host communities has been strengthened, enabling them to participate more effectively in peacebuilding processes in their communities.

Women in Mali demand equal role in Peace Accords

Friday, October 9, 2015

Before and after reaching a peace agreement in June, women leaders have been pressuring decision-makers for 50-50 representation in all bodies involved in its implementation.

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.

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