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No sustainable peace without the peacebuilding skills of women! That’s the message of African women working for full participation in peace and security initiatives. This year’s African Union (AU) theme is #SilencingTheGuns. Next week Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, is convening a forum on strengthening women’s role in peace processes.

On 29 October, the United Nations marked the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, which promoted women’s “equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security”. To observe the aniversary and its focus on better implementation, Diop – founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité – discussed the resolution’s impact with Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowe. Watch this space for their lively interchanges, facilitated by AllAfrica. Meanwhile, we present background and context for those conversations and for next week’s forum, including the landmark resolution of the Security Council, which Namibia chaired in 2000, the Windhoek (Namibia) convening that proceeded it, a look back at what the resolution intended and how it still falls short in practice, and last week’s launch of the International Women’s Peace Centre in Windhoek.

Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy on Women Peace & Security

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

African Forum on Women, Peace & Security

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