Engage women to sustainably resolve Africa’s conflicts, urges Ethiopian activist

Sahlework Zewde, the president of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa). Photo: RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Sahlework Zewde, the president of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa), has urged the international community to engage women’s participation in resolving conflicts in Africa and elsewhere.

She said efforts to manage, prevent, and resolve conflicts in Africa and elsewhere will be more sustainable if women were actively engaged.

Sahlework made the statement in her opening speech at the ongoing three day conference that opened in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

“We must stress equal and full participation of women in mediation and conflict prevention as active agents of peace and security,” the Ethiopian activist said.

She explained that networking through the framework of FemWise-Africa was crucial in providing a platform for strategic advocacy, capacity building, and implementation of commitments.

Briefing journalists at the sidelines of the event, the Co-Chairperson of AU Network of Women Mediators Speciosa Wandira, explained that the conference aims at enhancing women’s involvement in resolving conflicts in Africa at the community, national, and regional levels.

She insisted that the root causes of conflicts in Africa were not being addressed in a systematic manner and hence the perpetuation of suffering due to armed conflicts.

“The nature of addressing conflicts must change and women should work together with men in mediation and conflict resolutions of Africa for the well being of Africans,” Speciosa said.

Among other things, the conference aims at enhancing women’s role in conflict prevention and mediation for the betterment of Africa.

The conference brings together women involved in mediation processes, conflicts prevention and social cohesion activities around Africa.

© Bur-csa – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng