ACCORD will host a series of virtual dialogues to forge a stronger relationship between eminent women and young women peacebuilders. By bringing them together, the dialogue series seeks to create a platform for reflection, listening, and the exchange of knowledge in order to enhance conflict prevention and mitigation across Africa. The dialogues will help build the capacities of young women peacebuilders by sharing examples of best practices from experienced women in the field. Ultimately, the conversations will ensure that young women peacebuilders enhance their responses and strategies in order to mitigate potential risks posed by conflict and other crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The inaugural Women and Youth Dialogue webinar titled “Women and Youth Exchanging Lessons for Peace and Security”, is scheduled for Friday 12th June 2020 via Zoom from 14h00 to 15h30 (SAST).
This dialogue will bring together a dynamic panel for a visionary, solution-oriented discussion on what women and youth can do to build more resilient communities in the time of COVID-19. They include:
- Ms Aya Chebbi, the African Union Youth Envoy
- Ms Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Executive Director of the Women’s International Peace Centre
- Ms Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo, Policy Advisor on Women, Peace and Security and Coordinator of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), and
- Ms Natasha Mutuwa, Coordinator of Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network for Peace Building (ZYWNP)
The dialogue will focus on the following points:
- Lessons learned, best practices and sharing of experiences from women peacebuilders.
- The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Pease and Security (YPS) agendas.
- Ways that the WPS and the YPS normative framework can be utilized together to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 and chart a way forward.
- The opportunities provided by the pandemic that can be utilized to build resilient communities.
Please register your attendance prior to the event here.
We look forward to having you join us for an engaging and constructive discussion.