Themed “Women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development” the European Development Days – Europe’s leading forum in international development – took place on 5-6 June in Brussels. It was the perfect opportunity for the African Peace Facility to introduce a topic of growing relevance for the design and implementation of peace operations in Africa: gender mainstreaming in peace processes.
The debate organised by the APF was dedicated to ‘The role of African women in the prevention, management and resolution of African conflicts’ to discuss ideas on how to further promote women’s inclusion in peace-building across Africa.
The topic was explored through the lens of peace operations and mediation efforts supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) in South Sudan.
Sara Formisano, CTSAMM Gender Advisor, explored how women were a part of South Sudan’s 2015 peace agreement, which includes a clause banning gender-based violence. She underlined the importance of APF-supported trainings, workshops and reports on gender-based violations, calling the audience to look beyond formal statistics.
All panellists argued for further analysis, increased monitoring and better data on gender-based violence and on how women are key in resolving African conflicts.