Women involvement in conflict resolution vital says IGAD

The Programme manager Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Mr Mubarak Mabuya has said there is need for more involvement of women during conflict resolution negotiations to enable them get equal treatment post the conflict since they are the most affected gender.

“As IGAD we provide a platform during the negotiations meetings for voices of women to be heard to present issues that affect women negatively in conflict setting. Through the countries action plans we institutionalize the Security Council resolutions to protect women who are key factors in conflict resolution” he said.

Mr Mabuya made the remarks while addressing journalists during the closure of the IGAD Women Peace and Security Forum (IWPSF) three day board meeting in Entebbe.

“We have noted that during conflict resolution discussions the core matters are what led to the conflict and mediators tend to look at gender as something that can wait until when the core issues are attended to but normatively guided by the Security Council resolutions, it is now a norm that as negotiation teams are being selected women are included” he said.

L_R Chairperson committee on Equal opportunities in Parliament Ms Hellen Asamo, IGAD’s Mubarak Mabuya and executive Director organization for women’s development Ms Rita Lopidia chat Photo/ ADB

The Chairperson committee on Equal opportunities in Parliament Ms Hellen Asamo said IWPSF will not only look at finding resolutions for women in war conflict zones but all rights of women.

“Some of our sisters like South Sudan are still in the armed conflict, in the Ugandan aspect the situation has reduced a bit, we are now looking at other issues affecting women ranging from different areas in terms of participation, trafficking in women and discussions” she said.

The executive Director of the organization for women’s development Ms Rita Lopidia said issues of conflict which mostly affect women should be addressed as a whole.

“Coming from South Sudan, which is transitioning from a war conflict to peace, we have seen conflicts are not isolated. For the region and south Sudan to have sustainable peace, its important the region is involved and issues of women and security are not addressed isolatedlly but seen in a regional context” she said.

The Director General of combating violence against women unit Sudan Ms Sulaima Ishaq Elkhalif said women have to apply patriotical thinking of political parties and other institutions to enable them have equal share of resources during and after conflicts.

“In Sudan after the revolution, it was not easy for the women to participate in the equal share of the political scene, what was provided in the constitution is that women have 40 percent of the political representation, in reality it’s not 40 percent it’s much less than that” she said.

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