Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Tuesday, 30 June 2020

App Boosts Role of Women in Peace Processes

Source: The University of Edinburgh

A mobile app has been launched to help embed women’s rights in peace negotiations in the Arab world and beyond.

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Monash in Australia and InclusivePeace in Geneva, have developed the data and technology to provide vital information on gender issues for those mediating peace processes.

The PeaceFem app brings together data on women and peacemaking in one easy-to-use app in English and Arabic.

Read more here.

AWLN Solidarity Message with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the Post of World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General

Source: allAfrica

The African Women Leaders Network is a mobilizing movement of African women and their supporters. It provides a convening platform for thought leadership and action and seeks to amplify the voice, agency and participation of women at all levels of decision making, particularly the top leadership on the Continent and elsewhere.

The leadership contest for the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is one of the few international organizations that has never been led by a woman and is therefore of interest to us.

The WTO’s impact and reach means that the leadership must have convening authority, vision with a human face, integrity and global network, be free of geopolitical bias and demonstrate a commitment to multilateralism which will benefit countries both individually and collectively.

An active and results oriented WTO can be an even stronger partner with Africa, given the recent adoption of the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) a critical agreement for Africa’s people centred growth, internal trade, job creation and investment attraction. The process of adoption may also provide some important lessons for WTO revived negotiations which can benefit the world.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an internationally renowned economist and international development expert, with experience in trade policy reform in her home country, as well as at the World Bank. Her candidacy is based on a stellar track record from steering the complex financial reform in her own country, Nigeria, as well as her demonstrated brokering, negotiation, technical and leadership competencies in private sector and development finance institutions and other processes. Her work on Gender Budgeting as Nigeria’s Finance Minister provided additional funding to women farmers and for women’s health issues.

Read the full press release here.