The 10 million kronor ($1.5 million) award was split three ways between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, women's rights activist Leymah Gbowee from the same African country and democracy activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen — the first Arab woman to win the prize.
Déclaration des Femmes l'Afrique de l'Ouest sur le massacre des "7 ivoiriennes"
The Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-Africa) was established on 8th May, 2006 under the laws of the Republic of Ghana as a women-focused, women-led Pan-African Non-Governmental Organization with the core mandate to promote women's strategic participation and leadership in peace and security governance in Africa. Over the last two decades and especially since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security in October 2000, women the world over have been engaged in activities that aim at(re)building particularly war-torn societies, restoring relationships and promoting social cohesion. In Africa, the involvement of women in peacebuilding gained prominence during the two decades of violent conflicts/wars that saw and resulted in the mobilization of women across all sectors to find lasting solutions and take action. Various approaches were used with the aim of achieving this purpose but for WIPSEN-Africa, such strategic engagement must be systematic and requires proactivity, access to timely and accurate information, knowledge of the issue area, and specialized skills. It demands that the erstwhile adhoc, impulsive and reactionary nature of women's activism be structured and informed. This not only necessitates capacity strengthening and grassroots mobilization, but also action-oriented research, policy influencing, documentation, information sharing, and strategic dialogue, networking and partnership building. This is the raison d'être for the establishment of WIPSEN-Africa, and the organization was founded to professionalize and institutionalize women peace and security in Africa. WIPSEN-Africa is a network organization and collaborates with partner, associate and affiliate organizations across the Continent and in the Diaspora to implement its mandate.
A violence free, nondiscriminatory continent that fosters peaceful coexistence, equality, collective ownership and the full participation of particularly women in decision making on peace and security.
To prioritize and institutionalize women and girls leadership in peace and security in Africa through transformative, constructive and innovative approaches
To enable, enhance and promote African women's leadership and rights to participation in peace, security and sustainable development.
WIPSEN-Africa has three broad strategic objectives that define the parameters for its operations. Namely, to:
1. Provide a platform for women and girls across all levels of African societies to exchange, share, and harmonize strategies for women's leadership and build coalitions to promote peace and security .
2. Strengthen women and girls' leadership capacities and skills to engage in Peace and Security processes
3. Promote gender mainstreaming in Security Sector Institutions and Policies.
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