Report from our African Regional Conference in Yaoundé
On the 27-28 November 2015, WILPF Cameroon had the privilege of hosting an African regional conference on “participation of African women in conflict prevention and crisis management” in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Nathalie Foko and Mariane Nonbo, WILPF Cameroon’s Secretaries, reported on the conference
Report by Nathalie Foko and Mariane Nonbo, WILPF Cameroon’s Secretaries.
The conference was organised with the support of WILPF Sweden, as part of the cross-section cooperation on capacity building and advocacy between WILPF Sweden and the African WILPF sections. Participants came from the WILPF Sections in Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, and Sweden, as well as from new emerging groups from Chad, South Africa and Burundi.
The conference was held under the patronage of the Cameroonian Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, with the honorable participation of UN Women Cameroon, male representatives from the media, civil society leaders, and representatives of ministries, diplomatic institutions, and the Parliamentarians Forum.
For two days, we revisited the 100 years and the great achievements of WILPF, popularising the vision and mission of this organisation. Emerging groups in Africa have thus sufficiently been built upon the operation and the conditions of accession of WILPF. The security challenges that face the African continent today will be met with a vast movement of African women that the Yaoundé conference helped establish.
After the presentation of the work done by each section or group in the field of peace building, the participants were trained on the following topics:
- United Nation Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) which is the political framework for the implementation and monitoring of the United Nation Programme on Women, Peace and Security (WPS);
- The gender issue through which men commit alongside women in awareness, outreach tools and all leading advocacy for the respect of gender equality;
- The need for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the United Nation Programme of Action (UNPoA) in the current security environment: raise awareness of the dangers of the illicit circulation of arms and draw attention to the damage they cause on the population, especially against women, and;
- The work of WILPF on transnational corporation and their accountability for human rights in a context where these companies are very powerful in their financial operations and sometimes become more powerful than the states in which they operate. This results in massive violations of human rights.
After the conference, WILPF sections took part in training sessions and capacity building on financial management, gender policy, security policy, strategic planning, to name a few.
Among other recommendations, States were encouraged to adopt National Action Plans of UNSCR 1325, to allow women to play the role that is theirs in conflict prevention in Africa.
The webinar will look into the progress in implementing the UN Security Council resolution 1325 through National Action Plans, using the case studies of the DRC, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Speakers will be Prof. Aisling Swaine from WILPF Academic Network, Dr. Abigail Ruane from WILPF Women, Peace and Security Programme, Joy Onyesoh from WILPF Nigeria, Sylvie Ndongmo from WILPF Cameroon, and Annie Mbambi from WILPF DRC.
It is always free of charge to participate in our webinars and you can access it online from all over the globe. You just need to register in advance and have an internet connection.