Advancing African Women’s Meaningful Contribution to Peace, Security and Development
The contribution of women, as a powerful force for sustainable peace and development, has long been acknowledged. To unleash their potential, women and girls must have equal rights and opportunities. As a matter of fact, SDG 5 should not be merely viewed as one of the 17 SDGs, rather as a prerequisite for inclusive and sustainable development. Moreover, African countries should also advance the comprehensive and meaningful contribution of women in preventing conflict and sustaining peace. In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, this session will present concrete and actionable recommendations to advance the implementation of the WPS agenda in Africa, with a particular focus on the participation pillar, including by addressing structural barriers to women empowerment and gender equality, and considering practical steps to enhance the role of the African Union, including by leveraging its existing structures and operationalizing current policy frameworks.