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ONLINE EVENT

WPS: "The role of Women in Preventive and Response Strategies on Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV)"

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FemWise-Africa and the Southern Hub are organising a workshop to discuss solutions for the prevention and reduction of conflict related sexual violence.

In the fragile context of many conflicts, woman are often in as much danger as combatting soldiers, if not even more so. The incidence of rape and other forms of sexual violence is increasing within conflict situations. NATO has recognized the deliberate use of CRSV as a tactic of war.

DAYS

16 Nov 2021: 09.00 – 17.00 CET

Join us online to discuss the role of women in preventive and response strategies to conflict related sexual violence. The workshop will bring together representatives from FemWise-Africa from the five African regions and NATO experts working on Women Peace and Security.

Background:

In conflict situations, incidents of rape are often not a collateral of war, but a weapon which is systematically used by armed groups as a means of achieving political and military ends. Perpetrators know that rape has a devastating effect on families and communities, often destroying the very fabric of a society, as well as permanently damaging gender relations. They are also aware that it makes a return to peace less likely, psychologically destroying women and, to compound the matter, very rarely sees the culprits being brought to justice.

The FemWise-Africa/NSD-S Hub collaboration was premised on previous efforts with the AU Peace and Security Department to identify common areas of collaboration and to chart a way forward for joint efforts towards enhancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, with particular focus on the role of women in conflict prevention and mediation. Subsequently, annual workshops were instituted as part of this partnership, this workshop marking the third of such annual events. It will be organized in a hybrid format.

Highlights
  • Discuss the occurence and impact of CRSV in conflicts across the African continent.;
  • Contribute to the development of actionable recommendations for the African Union and NATO;
  • Bring together a network of FemWise-Africa members, experts, academics and NATO policy makers.

Registration closed at 15 Nov 2021 at 15.00 UTC

Moderator

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Prof. Cheryl Hendricks

Executive Director at Africa Institute of South Africa

FemWise-Africa representatives

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Hon. Betty Bigombe

Special Envoy for South Sudan

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Ms. Gloria Kabage

African Union

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Ms. Mfrekebong Ukpanah

African Union

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Ms. Isabelle Boukinda

FemWise ECCAS

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Ms. Hildur Gudbjornsdottir

WPS Section NATO HQ


Virtual SMEs, from the five (5) African Regions


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Justine Coulidiati-Kiélem (Burkina Faso, WA)

Former President of the G5 Sahel Women's Platform

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Hajja Hamsatu Allamin (Nigeria, WA)

Founder of Allamin Foundation in Maidiguru, Nigeria – focused on Boko Haram and women victims of the insurgency

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Regina Ossa Lulo (South Sudan, EA)

Director General, Ministry of Gender & Child Welfare in South Sudan.

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Colani Hlatjwako (Eswatini, SA)

Africa Regional Coordinator of the One Billion Rising Campaign, which is a global campaign aimed at ending violence against women and girls.

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Martha Mutisi (Zimbabwe, SA)

Gender / WPS Expert

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Florence Boloko (DRC, CA)

SGBV field Expert in the DRC and senior official at the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children

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Guiga Saloua (Tunisia, NA)

Former advisor to the Minister of Women, Family and Children, and member of the ministerial cabinet in charge of gender and violence issues

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Naima Korchi (Morocco, NA)

Founder and President of the Africa Women's Forum Network, and International Humanitarian Lawyer focused on advocacy for women in conflict areas

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