Women – peace, development and security

2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the UN's Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which focused on women's empowerment, and 15 years since the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on women peace and security. In 2015, after a long journey, 193 countries agreed to a set of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), replacing the UN Millennium Development Goals. The role and significance of women features strongly in these fresh SDG's. Continentally we are at the midpoint of the African Women's Decade and just over a decade has passed since the AU adopted a Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, which for the first time placed ownership of gender mainstreaming at the highest level, calling for the implementation of gender parity in the AU and at national level, the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and the protection of women against violence and discrimination.

Over the last few decades it has become apparent that supporting women's capacities to actually participate in peace processes is a crucial part of their advancement and ability to contribute to peace, development and security. The efforts of civil society and policymakers are visible and every year sees another incremental step forward. ACCORD is honoured to be contributing to these efforts through dialogue forums, training women as mediators, generating knowledge for practice, and supporting efforts to use mainstreaming as a tool to bring gender into the equation within peacekeeping and peace and security frameworks in Africa.

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EFFORTS ON GENDER IN PEACE AND SECURITY GAIN PACE

The significance of 2015 continently and globally in the drive for women's empowerment and the achievement of gender equality provides a useful backdrop to assess efforts to use mainstreaming as a tool to bring gender into the equation within peacekeeping...

28-08-2015 in Women

Veterans say women must determine own fate

Speaking at an African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes women's month event in Mount Edgecombe yesterday, Pillay, a former UN high commissioner for human rights, stressed that the role played by women in society, politics and law had...

27-08-2015 in Women

2015 – A Defining Year in the Drive for Women’s Empowerment in Africa

Women's Month in South Africa gives us an opportunity to reflect on the efforts globally, and on the continent, to advance women's empowerment and gender equality. These efforts have borne fruit and are accelerating. In Africa the initiatives have reached...

17-08-2015 in Women

Accord Celebrates Women’s Day 2015 and Continues Efforts to Mainstream Gender, Empower and Develop Women

August is Women's Month in South Africa and 9 August was Women's Day. Internationally, Women's Day is celebrated in 8 August, but South Africa celebrates Women's Day on 9 August, to commemorate the march on 9 August 1956 by 20,000...

17-08-2015 in Women

ACCORD participate in 26th GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union and Member States

ACCORD has participated in the 26th Gender in my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU) and Member States to support the empowerment of women in all spheres of society.

15-06-2015 in Women

ACCORD discuss gender normative frameworks and nuanced challenges to gender parity and empowerment in Africa ahead of International Women's Day

Broad discussion and debate on the nuanced challenges to the achievement of gender parity and women's empowerment in Africa characterised an Internal Staff Seminar (ISS) recently hosted at the Durban offices of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of...

06-03-2015 in Women

ACCORD participates in launch and Implementation Workshop of AU Gender, Peace and Security Programme

As part of its efforts to mainstream gender into its activities, the African Union Commission Peace and Security Department (PSD) formulated and commissioned a Gender, Peace and Security Programme (GPSP) under the Peace and Security Department. The GPSP is a...

22-07-2014 in Women

End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Codes of conduct, sanctions and stemming the flow of weapons are as important to ending sexual violence in conflict as moral outrage—which is good though not enough. Governments must do more than develop plans and coalitions. International organizations need to force...

10-06-2014 in Women

ACCORD participates in consultation on UN Women South Africa multi-country draft strategic plan

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was recently represented at a Consultative Meeting on UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office's Draft Strategic Plan (2014-17) which aimed to obtain stakeholder feedback and contributions to allow for finalisation...

02-10-2013 in Women

ACCORD convenes seminar to promote role of Southern African Women in conflict prevention and resolution

Promoting women's capacity to participate in peace processes is crucial for the advancement of women in peace, development and security. This is reflected by the international and regional efforts in the operationalisation of the UNSCR 1325 and other African Union...

05-12-2012 in Women

ACCORD participates in SADC key stakeholders’ roundtable on gender and development

ACCCORD's Manager for the Interventions Department, Dr. Martha Mutisi, has represented the institution at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Stakeholders' Roundtable on Gender and Development. As one of the few civil society organisations represented, ACCORD is well placed to...

15-05-2012 in Women

ACCORD hosts authors' roundtable on 'Women, Peace and Security'

ACCORD is involved in ongoing efforts to highlight the role gender plays in peace and security. In its three pillars of intervention, namely peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, ACCORD is cognisant of the role of gender in peace and conflict such...

23-01-2012 in Women

ACCORD salutes the three women Nobel Peace Laureates for 2011!

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) congratulates the three women who today jointly received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, namely President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Leymah Gbowee, gender activist in Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman, gender...

07-10-2011 in Women

ACCORD trains women mediators and signs MoU with PWMSA

In ongoing commitment to the fulfilment of UN Resolution 1325, in late August ACCORD held a mediation training for South African women in partnership with the Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa (PWMSA). The development of skilled female mediators, who...

05-09-2011 in Women

Accord grants US$30,000 to support fight against sexual gender-based violence

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Executive Secretary, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula and the Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Accord), Mr Vasu Gounden, signed this 11 August in Bujumbura...

12-08-2011 in Women

M&G article: Women 'not worth a dead rat'

Nikiwe Bikitsha, who was at the ACCORD 1325 seminar in Durban, reports in the Mail & Guardian on the state of women and Resolution 1325 on the continent of Africa...

27-10-2010 in Women

ACCORD presents African vision on UNSCR 1325 to the UN

ACCORD recently joined the United Nations (UN) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on women in peace and security. The event provided an opportune moment for the promotion of the Durban Statement arising...

27-10-2010 in Women

ACCORD trains Darfuri women in conflict management, negotiation and facilitation

A delegation of Darfuri Women are now more prepared to address conflict challenges during the Doha peace process, having completed conflict resolution, negotiation and facilitation training conducted by the ACCORD Peacemaking Unit in partnership with the United Nations Development Fund...

17-10-2010 in Women