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Africa in Perspective - Gender Empowerment in Peace and Security

28 October 2020, 12:00
This webinar examines the commitments made by African states in protecting and advancing women's interests in conflict and post-conflict settings.

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 – a turning point in understanding and recognising the role of women and girls in peace and security. The UN’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda contained principles of prevention, participation, and protection, and highlighted the key role of women and girls in relief and recovery effortsTheir participation is necessary to promote stable economies 

The agenda provides an excellent framework for consideration of the policy responses to Africa’s conflict and security challenges, notably including Covid-19 and pandemics in general. Yet, despite the adoption of Resolution 1325, and the many resolutions that followed, the exposure and vulnerabilities of women in Sub-Saharan Africa, even in non-conflict settings have not been adequately addressed. Women are the worst affected in conflict-stricken countries: they are targets of sexual violence, and their families may be killed or separated, leaving them without support. Covid-19 may have exacerbated gender-based differences for women in conflict and post-conflict settings.   

This Africa in Perspective webinar will examine how to harness better the experiences of women in conflict and post-conflict settings and how to provide security to the many women caught up in conflict. Participants will explore how various stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa can best support women today and in the decade ahead


Introduction - Opening Remarks

  • Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI),
  • A message from Former President of Liberia H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Panel One: Advancing women's empowerment in fragile and conflict-affected settings

 Key question: What are the ways by which uniquely African gender constructs can be leveraged to promote the women peace and security agenda? Several African countries have instituted COVID-19 emergency action which has had a negative impact on economic activity, security and ongoing peacebuilding efforts. What is the relevance of the specific focus of UNSCR 1325 when the impact of Covid-19 has been universal?


  • H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • H.E. Dr Fatimata Dia, Senegal Embassy, UK
  • Brig General Zakia Hussen, Deputy Police Commissioner Somali Police Force
  • H.E. Sanni Aoudou, Gabon Embassy, UK
  • Dr Toni Haastrup, Senior Lecturer International Politics in Politics at the University of Stirling

Chair: Dr Andrew E. Yaw Tchie, Senior Research Fellow and Obasanjo Fellow, RUSI

Panel Two: Gendered Responses to Security in Africa

Key question: What can be done to normalise gendered considerations of policies and initiatives in Africa, and how can this strengthen women’s engagement in activities that promote peace and stability? What influence does UN Police and other UN bodies have in addressing particular challenges faced by women in conflict zones?


  • Luis Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser
  • H.E Anita Kiki Gbeho, Deputy Joint Special Representative of UNAMID

  • Dr Solange Bandiaky-Badji, Senior Director of Sub-Saharan Africa and Women, Peace and Security, Partners Global

  • Dr Yolande Bouka, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University

 Chair: Mark Williams, Research Analyst, RUSI

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