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Feminist Peace Movement in Africa Forum, 18 August, Ghana

August 9, 2018

Feminist Peace Movement in Africa Forum hosted by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will bring together peace activists and advocates from across Africa and globally to critically discuss the root causes of violence and women’s role in social transformation,  economic justice and peace. It aims to be a space to mobilse feminist solidarity for the strong and innovative nonviolent work in Africa.

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Date: 18th August 2018

Location: Exam Room, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Programme:

8:00am-09:00am: Registration, coffee and welcome

9:00am: Welcome Address
Ayo Ayoola-Amale, President, WILPF Ghana
Guest of Honour, Joana Adzoa Opare, Gender Consultant / Activist

09:20-10:45: Session 1: Critical Analysis and Feminist Perspective on Root Causes of Violence
A deeper look at violent masculinities, patriarchy, militarism, colonialism, economic exploitation, corruption.

Moderator: Joy Onyesoh, Vice-President WILPF, and President WILPF Nigeria

Speakers:
Kate Addo Adeku, Professor, University of Ghana
Dean Peacock, Co-founder and Co-executive Director, Sonke Gender Justice

10:45-12:30: Session 2: Women’s Roles and Impacts in Prevention, Peaceful elections, Leadership and Peace Processes

Voices of leaders, survivors and advocates sharing examples of peacemaking work, peaceful elections, and how women can challenge and change power dynamics to transform social and cultural norms in different processes.

Moderator: Barbara Sangare, International Coordinator, Women Situation Room

Speakers:
Sylvie Ndongmo, President, WILPF Cameroon
Mpiwa Mangwiro, Regional Campaigns Specialist, Men Engage Alliance Africa Network
Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe
Nozizwe Madlala Routledge, Founder, Embrace Dignity

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Session 3: Group Discussions

Feminism, gender, women and…

  1. Elections and political participation (led by WILPF Nigeria)
  2. Disarmament and conflict prevention (led by WILPF Cameroon)
  3. Mediation (led by WILPF Ghana)
  4. Political economy and peace (led by WILPF Zimbabwe)
  5. Masculinities and engaging men (led by WILPF South Africa and Men Engage Alliance Africa)
  6. Migration and displacement (led by WILPF Chad)
  7. Facteurs de conflit (led by WILPF DRC) [en français] Conflict drivers Session held in French]

Participants are invited to choose a group discussion session to attend. Members of WILPF African Groups/Sections will facilitate each session on key thematic issues.

15:00-15:30: Coffee break

15:30- 16:30: Session 4: Synergies between Africa and the Global Movement and Mediation

A conversation looking at the synergies between African and Global feminist peace movements and also include a particular focus on mediation efforts and peace processes.

Moderator: Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, WILPF

Speakers:
Kozue Akibayashi, President, WILPF
Annie Amat Mbambi, President, WILPF DRC
Rida Altubuly, Co-founder and Director, Together We Build It, Libya

16:30-17:00: Closing

Wrapping up the day, we aim to pull together all we’ve heard from the different plenaries and sessions of the Forum, and outline paths forward.

Speakers:
Joy Onyesoh, WILPF Nigeria
Micheline Minani Muzaneza, Senior Trainer, Sonke Gender Justice

 

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