“African feminist peace activists need to unite regionally and continue to connect with the progressive global women’s movement,” says Joy Onyesoh, WILPF’s new President, in our outcome report of the forum ‘Feminist Peace Movement in Africa’, which is released today.
It was a diverse and colourful crowd gathering on 18 August 2018 at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy at the University of Ghana. Early morning, two hundred and fifty participants walked through the glass doors and took their seat, ready to discuss and learn about feminist movement building for peace in Africa.
Roads to Feminist Peace in Africa
The forum, hosted by WILPF, brought together WILPF members and women from sixteen African countries, united by the desire to discuss about the root causes of violence in the continent, the difficulties for peace movements to grow in this context, and women’s role in social transformation, economic justice and peacebuilding.
Participants agreed that the feminist peace movement in Africa is strong, diverse, active and growing. The rich history of African women should help to expand women’s influence, participation and rights to work towards a just and sustainable peace.
In order to do uncover roads to peace, the participants engaged in discussions on topics such as conflict drivers, elections and political participation, disarmament and conflict prevention, political economy and peace, and masculinities and engaging men. As an example, one group looked into how to develop a model of mediation that would include the work of local women and women’s organisations at the core of the peace process. Mind maps summarising key elements of each discussion are available in the report.
Building the African Feminist Peace Movement
The discussions provided many opportunities for the participants to share their experiences, advice and build the African feminist peace movement further by developing their network amongst peace and women’s rights activists and advocates.
To learn more about the captivating discussions that took place during the Forum, have a look at the report WILPF has prepared, which captures the discussions.
To have a quick glance at the event, watch the video highlights of the day: https://wilpf.org/feminist-peace-from-an-african-perspective-video-highlights/
More discussion about Feminist Peace took place the following days during WILPF’s 32nd International Triennial Congress, gathering all members for the first time in Africa during WILPF’s 103-year-long history.