Critical Conversations on Women, Peace and Security in Africa. 

Journalists are invited to the opening session (09:00 – 10:30) of a high-level dialogue on Women, Peace, and Security in Africa, which will take place on 9 April 2024.

Date:          9 April 2024

Time:         09:00am – 10:30am

Speakers:

  • Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Ms Josephine Mwangi, Programme Manager International IDEA
  • Ms Aletta Miller, UN Women Representative in South Africa Multi Country Office
  • Ms Nthabiseng Malefane, Women Peace and Security Focal Point, DIRCO
  • Major General Suziwe Maso, Chief Director Transformation Management, SANDF
  • Gram Matenga, Head of Programmes, IDEA Africa and West Asia Regional Office
  • Ambassador Hakan Juholt, Embassy of Sweden, South Africa
  • Ambassador Austin Gormley, Embassy of Ireland in South Africa

 

Location:    Southern Sun Rosebank, Corner Tyrwitt and, Sturdee Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

The dialogue will focus on women’s representation and participation in decision-making and conflict management structures and processes, delving into its impact on women’s security and the continent’s peacefulness. It aims to move beyond mere quantitative analysis to explore how women can meaningfully influence a new global discourse on peace and security, necessitating reforms in structures, policies, and practices to ensure peace and security for all, particularly women. It will examine some of the root causes of conflict and insecurity on the continent. The Women Peace and Security Agenda, as defined by UNSCR 1325, is approaching a significant milestone in its implementation journey. As we move closer to commemorating a quarter century of this landmark resolution in 2025, it is crucial to engage in a comprehensive critical reflection that can shape future thought leadership in this realm.

The dialogue is convened by International IDEA, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, and Women in Political Participation, with support from the Government of Sweden and the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa.

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For media inquiries and interviews please contact:

Mwanja Ng’anjo | Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Head of Communications | Mnganjo@ijr.org.za
Olive Aseno | International IDEA, Communications Officer | o.aseno@idea.int