EAC Regional Forum on Women, peace and security

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From 21 to 23 November 2012 Officials from Key Government Ministries and civil society organizations implementing UNSCR 1325 in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda meet to discuss the creation of a regional network. The meeting took place in Mombasa, Kenya and was carried out as part of a partnership between the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and Africa Youth Trust (AYT), Kenya.

The project forms part of the Institute´s regional programme in Africa, and it seeks to strengthen the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 within the five EAC partner states.

The overall goal of the project is above all, to increase the regional coordination of the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security among EAC partner states, by contributing to the establishment of a regional network of key actors in this field.

In this first year of implementation, there was conducted a mapping exercise to identify actors implementing UNSCR 1325 within the EAC region has been carried out. Country visits to each of the EAC partner states were carried out in order to meet the actors identified and during each country visit, meetings were held with government officials from various Ministries whose mandate is to promote women’s human rights. Meetings were hosted in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, which brought Government Ministries and civil society organizations working on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 together.  Each meeting also resulted in consensus regarding the need for the creation of a regional network to synergize the implementation of resolution 1325 in the EAC.

Objectives of the Regional Networking Forum

The main objective of the forum is to bring together stakeholders implementing UNSCR 1325 within the five EAC partner states.

The forum is also expected to:

Promote partnership and networking among actors within the five EAC partner states.

Seek consensus on the structure of the regional network and its functions

Discuss the priorities for the regional network moving forward.

As a result of the meeting, the EAC network was given structures and the major mandates it will have to accomplish. The implementation of the functioning network will commence with the year 2013 after determining the members of the general assembly of the network and different officials who will make it function.

 

 

In recall, the pillars of the UNSCR 1325 are the following:

 

a) Prevention: mainstream a gender perspective into all conflict prevention activities and strategies, develop effective gender-sensitive early warning mechanisms and institutions, and strengthen efforts to prevent violence against women, including various forms of gender-based violence;

(b) Participation: promote and support women’s active and meaningful participation in all peace processes as well as their representation in formal and informal decision-making at all levels; improve partnership and networking with local and international women’s rights groups and organizations; recruit and appoint women to senior positions in the United Nations, including Special Representatives of the Secretary-General, and in peacekeeping forces, including military, police and civilian personnel;

(c) Protection: strengthen and amplify efforts to secure the safety, physical or mental health, well-being, economic security and/or dignity of women and girls; promote and safeguard human rights of women and mainstream a gender perspective into the legal and institutional reforms;

(d) Relief and Recovery: promote women’s equal access to aid distribution mechanisms and services,       including those dealing with the specific needs of women and girls in all relief recovery efforts.

 

 

 

 

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