Accra, 30-31 October, 2017: Building on decades of civil society advocacy for women’s human rights, in 2000, the United Nations Security Council issued UNSCR 1325, the first of eight resolutions aimed at improving the participation of women in peacebuilding and prevention of conflict and addressing conflict-related sexual violence.
Despite this global attention and goodwill and some success, in 2015 the UN’s review of progress identify significant and persistent challenges in ensuring women’s human rights and their full and equal participation in matters of peace and security.
In view of this, the Women Peace Security Institute at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in collaboration with the London School of Economics, Centre for Women Peace and Security organized a 2-Day workshop on Women, Peace & Security for Senior Professional Leaders. The course run through 30 to 31 October, 2017 at the KAIPTC.
The workshop aimed at building capacity and understanding of the participants in UNSCR 1325 and supplementary Resolutions specifically in the Global Women, Peace and Security Agenda; the Social, Political and Economic Context, including Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism; International Legal Framework; Participation, Protection, Prevention, Relief and Recovery and Women, Peace and Security in Peace Operations.
The course, designed for senior professionals in leadership roles, were jointly facilitated by academics and practitioners from the London School of Economics and the KAIPTC. The facilitators were Professor Christine Chinkin, Drs. Marsha Henry, Aisling Swaine, Fiifi Edu-Afful and Mrs. Joana Osei-Tutu.
A total of 34 senior professional women leaders from governmental agencies, parliament and the security agencies from Ghana, Liberia and Sierra- Leone benefited from the workshop.
The course enabled the participants to appreciate the issues related to the Women Peace and Security Agenda and how to use their positions to effect the changes needed to achieve the Women Peace and Security Agenda.