Women now represent a growing population of peacekeeping forces, emerging mediators and heads of State across the world. Yet the numbers are still minimal. Women constitute fewer than 10% of peace negotiators globally and only 3% of signatories to peace agreements. Between 1992 and 2011, only 4% of signatories, 2.4% of chief mediators, and 9% of negotiators were women.
There is an increased need for activating and implementing existing legal frameworks on the inclusion of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution. Such a reality is pressing for the African continent whose state of peace and security constitutes 80% of the agenda at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC).
This briefing session, organised by the Institute of Peace and Security Studies, aims to explore pathways for enhancing women’s participation in mediation in Africa through addressing the following questions:
ECDPM’s Sophie Desmidt and Philomena Apiko, authors of ECDPM’s paper Women and mediation in Africa under the APSA and the AGA, will speak at this event.
To know more, please see the concept note.