Nairobi, 13th February, 2019: The Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region held its 10th Advisory Board meeting on 13th February, 2019 in Nairobi Kenya. The main objective of the meeting was on how to strengthen political advocacy, develop and implement a concerted strategy on Women Peace and Security (WPS) in the Great Lakes Region for 2019 leading up to 2020.
The Women’s Platform (WP) is an initiative of the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region. Established in 2013, the Women’s Platform seeks to empower women and women’s organizations in the region as leaders and peacemakers, and to promote their active contribution in the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework. The purpose of the WP is to support women and women’s organizations contribution to the implementation of the framework agreement by strengthening their collective action, providing grants for projects, and enabling women to play a key role in peace processes; combat violence against women and support women affected by violence; advance women’s livelihoods and property rights; and promote women’s equitable access to and management of natural resources.
The meeting brought together members of the Advisory Board and designated experts who provided presentations. The Advisory Board (AB) is the governance mechanism of the WP and is convened by the SESG. It provides strategic and policy guidance, and supports communication aspects of the WP. The AB meets once a year. This year’s Advisory Board meeting was chaired by Said Djinnit, United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region. Other participants included experts from governments of the Great Lakes Region, the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Development Bank, Civil Society and members of the donor community.
At the end of the meeting, participants had an overview of progress made since the last AB meeting and a plan with strategic objectives and activities for 2019, recommendations to support the implementation of the ICGLR RAP, a plan, with clear operational aspects and objectives to conduct lessons learning and political advocacy missions to selected countries in 2019, an agreement on a monitoring report, to be submitted as part of the AU Special Envoy report to the AU Heads of State and Governments of the region, to the ICGLR Summit, and to the 10th ROM meeting of the PSC Framework. In addition, focal points are identified at country level to facilitate coordination and monitoring, recommendations to strengthen centers of excellence, including to build their capacities to do data collection on WPS in the region and to improved collaboration between the ICGLR Women’s Forum, the WP, and other women for a and partners.