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Sustaining Peace : African Women Mediators in focus
25 Apr 2018 -  High Level Seminar organized by the African Union Commission, Belgium and the International Peace Institute (IPI).

The seminar will address two core issues. First: by bringing in voices from the field, including from the local level, we will hear first-hand testimonies of the experience of African women as mediators and actors of peace processes. The panelists will elaborate on the challenges they face, and identify opportunities about how to overcome the problems blocking the African women from playing a more prominent role in mediation. Secondly, whilst looking at the role women already play in their communities at grassroots level, this seminar will address the challenge of linking local (track 2 and 3) mediation processes to the more political (track 1) initiatives. In that respect, particular attention will be paid to the potential transformative impact of networks and regional organizations, with a focus on Africa.

The seminar will be opened by H.M. the Queen of the Belgians, H.E. Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security and H.E. Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed.