Women from about 45 African countries converge on Abuja, the Nigerian Federal Capital to search for peace, conflict management and mediation on the continent, beginning on July 27.
The two day executive meeting, which is being convened by the Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment in Africa (WAELE/ARCELFA), will address the various conflicts facing the continent by empowering women, who are the most affected by them, to build peace in their communities using conflict management and mediation strategies.
A number of World Class facilitators, drawn from Diplomatic Corps, Academia, Civil Society as well as Peace and Development Advocacy would conduct the programme. The lead facilitator of the event is Ambassador Godknows Igali, Phd, a former Nigerian diplomat and Presidential Peace Envoy.
According to the Founder of WAELE/ARCELFA, Dr. Basirat Nahibi,- Niasse: “Africa is in need of mediators and peacekeepers. Our continent is engulfed with interreligious, ethic & tribal conflicts and women are proven to be the most effective agents for Peace building; hence our continuous investment in building the capacities of WAELE Africa women.”
She said that the event will give special attention to the internal crisis in Nigeria, South Sudan, Rwanda – Burundi, DRC, as well as Libya conflict.
WAELE/ARCELFA has been actively involved in Peace building on the continent for 15 years. The organisation played a critical role in the resolution of Sudan & Chad conflict and other cases around Africa for which it has received continental and global awards.
SOME OF THE TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:
· Fundamentals of Peace, Security and Development Nexus.
· The Principles of Conflict Management, Conflict Containment and Peace Building
· Identifying Early Warning Signals, Conflict Prevention and Management – The Role of Women
· Strategies for bringing Parties to the Negotiation Table
· Case Studies Around Africa and Simulation Exercise
· Role of UN, AU, ECOWAS, UNHCR and other Multilateral bodies
· Closing Plenary and Communiqué