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Research Report

WOMEN IN POST-CONFLICT SOCIETIES IN AFRICA

LEE STONE
MIREILLE AFFA’A MINDZIE
Copyright Date: Nov. 20, 2007
Pages: 66
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https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep05187
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 11-14)

    The objective of the seminar was to discuss and identify concrete avenues for engendering reconstruction and peace processes in African societies emerging from conflict through a thorough and effective use of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Women’s Protocol). About 30 participants representing the UN, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), national gender mechanisms and a broad cross-section of civil society attended the seminar, which provided a forum to debate and analyse how the Women’s Protocol can be applied as an advocacy tool. The seminar also investigated the Protocol...

  2. (pp. 15-34)

    However, without the clear will of African states to enforce their commitment to the eradication of discrimination against women and to ensure gender equality, the rights of women as recognised in the Protocol will remain unenforceable. Although states parties remain primarily responsible for implementing the Protocol, the realisation of women’s rights in Africa also calls for an active contribution of all relevant stakeholders: national gender machineries, sub-regional, regional and international organisations, and civil society groups.

    The policy seminar therefore included government officials, representatives from Africa’s RECs, UN agencies, academics and civil society.

    The seminar discussions focused mainly on the following...