African Peace and Security: Enhancing the Role of Women
Mme Bineta Diop, Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, African Union
Chair: Gita Honwana Welch, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The African Union (AU) has marked 2015 as the 'Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development'. Gender issues remain key for Africa, as in many countries women are politically and economically underrepresented, and sexual violence in conflict remains a concern. Since her appointment as AU special envoy for women, peace and security in 2014, Madame Diop has worked to increase women’s presence at peace talks, including in South Sudan and the DRC, and campaigned for better gender parity within the AU.
At this event Madame Diop will discuss the critical role that women can play in enhancing peace and security, and will highlight the importance of gender for socially inclusive growth on the African continent.