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Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 10 March 2022

The Conflict and Resilience Monitor offers monthly blog-size commentary and analysis on the latest conflict-related trends in Africa.

This special edition of ACCORD’s Conflict and Resilience Monitor is dedicated to International Women’s Day.  This day is celebrated each year on 8 March and honours the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year it also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality under the hashtag #BreaktheBias.

We kick off this edition with a contribution by Hanna Tetteh, the Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to the African Union (AU). She writes about the contribution of women in leadership in Africa and the work of the UN in partnering with the AU to help prepare the next generation of women leaders in Africa.

Next, we turn our focus to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the DRC, Bintou Keita, reflects on the work of the UN Mission to the DRC (MONUSCO) to advance gender equality and women’s participation in peace processes in the DRC.

From the perspective of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (AUCHPR), Commissioner Janet Ramatoulie Sallah-Njie writes about the achievements, challenges and opportunities associated with the rights of women in Africa.

Our fourth piece is from Pravina Makan-Lakha, ACCORD’s advisor on Women, Peace and Security.  She writes about the AU’s #WhatAfricanWomenWant campaign and the impact that COVID-19 and other global events such as the Ukraine-Russia conflict has and will have on gender equality and women’s empowerment.Lastly, ACCORD’s Lwandile Moyo writes about the importance of acknowledging the women who have been at the forefront of breaking gendered barriers within their local communities in South Africa.

Chief Editor: Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Managing Editor: Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
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Photo: Gleestitch Studios
Photo: Gleestitch Studios
Women, Peace & Security

The Contribution of Women in Leadership in Africa and How the UN is Partnering with the AU to Help Prepare the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Africa

  • Hanna Serwaa Tetteh

Throughout the centuries of African history, women have played an integral role in society and shaped the culture of their communities and their larger societies. All across the continent, our history reflects the contribution of important women leaders who have played significant roles in the history and development of their societies and countries.

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Photo: MONUSCO/Lassana Dabo
Photo: MONUSCO/Lassana Dabo
Women, Peace & Security

Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Participation in Peace Processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Experience of MONUSCO

  • Bintou Keita

Research on women, peace and security provides strong evidence that gender equality and women’s empowerment are associated with more peaceful and stable outcomes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that in Resolution 2612 (2021), the Security Council calls on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to support women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in the realms of politics, security, and peace processes. Over the past few years, the Mission invested considerable efforts in advancing the participation of women in peace and mediation processes at the grassroots, provincial and national levels.

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Photo: Yulia Panevina/UN Women
Photo: Yulia Panevina/UN Women
Human Rights, Women, Peace & Security

The Rights of Women in Africa: Achievements, Challenges, and the Opportunities

  • Janet Ramatoulie Sallah-Njie

International Women’s Day is an opportunity for women across the world and on the continent to take stock of the state of gender-based issues and the achievements and opportunities. The theme for this year, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, speaks to the contribution that women and girls make to create a sustainable future for everyone.

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Photo: Yulia Panevina/UN Women
Photo: Yulia Panevina/UN Women
Pravina Makan-Lakha
COVID-19, Women, Peace & Security

#WhatAfricanWomenWant

  • Pravina Makan-Lakha

On International Women’s Day, 08 March 2022, the African Union (AU) launched the campaign #WhatAfricanWomenWant to popularise and advocate for the speedy and full implementation of its Strategy for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (2018-2028).

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Photo: Bible Society in Swaziland
Photo: Bible Society in Swaziland
Women, Peace & Security

Strengthening the Role of Women at the Grassroots Level: A Tribute to Local Women in South Africa Breaking Gendered Barriers

  • Lwandile Moyo

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women across the globe. It is also an important moment in the women’s rights movement, drawing attention to issues such as gender equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

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