Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Thursday, 16 July 2020

Sudan: Campaign Demands Women Governors

Source: allAfrica

Khartoum — Women groups in Sudan have launched the campaign No Excuse – We Want Our Full Rights to involve more women in government positions, especially at the level of state governors.

In a press conference held by the campaigners in Khartoum on Wednesday, Nahid Jabrallah, director of the Seema Center for Training and Protection of Women and Child’s Rights and co-founder of the No To Women Oppression Initiative, explained that the new campaign is backed by a wide range of civil society organisations, women and youth groups, and women members of political parties.

She called on “everyone to participate in the campaign and determine their position on women’s participation in the Sudanese government.

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Africa: U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Finalists for Inaugural Women Building Peace Award

Source: allAfrica

Washington — Ten women peacebuilders in fragile or conflict-affected areas are recognized as finalists

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is pleased to announce the 10 finalists for the inaugural Women Building Peace Award. This award recognizes the vital role of women who are working in fragile or conflict-affected countries in pursuit of peace. USIP will announce the first recipient of the $10,000 award during a virtual ceremony on September 15.

USIP received over 150 nominations of women peacebuilders from 51 countries. The 10 finalists were selected by USIP’s Women Building Peace Council, an 18-member group of experts and leaders in the fields of gender and peacebuilding, for their exemplary commitment and leadership as peacebuilding practitioners and their key roles in ending and preventing violent conflict. Collectively, they represent eight countries and an intergenerational group of peacebuilders.

The 10 finalists for the 2020 Women Building Peace Award are:

Ángela Maria Escobar (Colombia)

Asia Jamil (Pakistan)

Beata Mukarubuga (Rwanda)

Irene M. Santiago (The Philippines)

Julienne Lusenge (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Odette Habonimana (Burundi)

Rita Martin Lopidia Abraham (South Sudan)

Rosa Emilia Salamanca González (Colombia)

Tabassum Adnan (Pakistan)

Victoria Nyanjura (Uganda)

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Malawi: Chiradzulu Council Decries Poor Stakeholders Coordination On GBV

Source: allAfrica

Chiradzulu — Chiradzulu District Council Monday decried lack of coordination among key players on Gender Based Violence (GBV) following a quarterly report from Social Welfare Department that captured 17 cases in three months which the meeting described as not a true reflection for the district.

This came to light during a Gender Technical Working Group quarterly meeting which aimed at giving quarterly reports on cases of GBV recorded in the district.

The report read in part, “The office managed to record 17 cases and all were matrimonial dispute and all cases were resolved by the office, but two were referred to cocourt. The major challenges for the office to record few cases are lack of coordination between key stakeholders and lack of feedback on referred cases.”

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South Africa: Minister to Lead GBV Initiative in Eastern Cape

Source: allAfrica

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu will on Friday visit the OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape to set up interventions that will drive responses to the national crisis of Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBV).

Minister Mchunu has been assigned by Cabinet to lead the District as its champion in the implementation of the District Development Model to enhance the capacity of the state.

The Minister will interact with all the relevant stakeholders in the District to deliberate on the District’s developmental imperatives.

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