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97. Feminists preventing war Passed

Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30 - 12:30 C8

Speakers: Malin Nilsson, Researcher, Sylvie Ndongmo
Moderator: Lina Hjärtström

Around the world, women build peace through mobilization in civil society. WILPF Cameroon is using the Women's Situation Room (WSR), a method of preventing violence and armed conflict in relation to elections, to build structures through local coordinators, clear channels for communications between national and local levels, through educating election observers, but also by identifying possible women candidates and give them trainings in Women, Peace and Security, communication, social media, political structure and fundraising.


WSR is partly a long-term process for increasing women's participation as voters, political candidates, informers or observers, and a physical space where violence and unrest can be reported during the electoral process. WILPF has also established a women’s mediation network as part of WSR. The WSR model has been recognized as "best practice" in conflict prevention work by the UN and other international actors.


This fall elections are being held in Cameroon, how did it go and how can the WSR-method be used, strengthened and spread? What can we learn from this in a Swedish context?

Organizer

Internationella Kvinnoförbundet för Fred och Frihet, IKFF

Tags

Feminism, Fredsbyggande, Konflikt, Kvinnor, Mänsklig säkerhet

Form

Seminarium

Prioriterade målgrupper

Studenter vid högskola/universitet, Civilsamhälle, Tjänstepersoner vid statliga myndigheter/departement

Language

English

Lecturers

Malin Nilsson Speaker

Secretary General Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF Sweden

Researcher Speaker

Inte klart

Sylvie Ndongmo Speaker

Ms. Sylvie Ndongmo is the President and founder of WILPF Cameroon, and member of the African Union Steering Committee for the fund for African Women. Ms. Ndongmo has been very instrumental in advocating for peace and security in Cameroon, and is currently leading the advocacy process for UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan in Cameroon.

For 21 years, she has been raising the voices of Cameroonian women and advocating for their political and social rights, and their inclusion in governance and peace processes. Ms. Ndongmo has been able to organize women’s groups across borders throughout Africa to find new solutions to the increasing security challenges on the continent.

She sees conflict prevention as key. It is less costly to prevent conflict than to deal with the effects of war. For her, ‘’no development is possible without peace and no peace can be achieved without women''.

Lina Hjärtström Moderator

Suppleant i IKFF:s internationella styrelse