Women’s engagement in peace agreement in DRC and region

To mark the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security this month, International Alert and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation will launch a pioneering gender audit of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, 666 Third Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd streets), 19th floor, New York on Tuesday 20 October 2015 from 4-5pm.

The PSCF was signed on 24 February 2013 and requires the Congolese government to carry out key governance reforms, commits the 11 signatory states in the region to stop backing rebellions in DRC, and encourages the international community to renew commitments to DRC. The gender audit, which was conducted between August and October 2015, shows that gender perspectives were not only missing from the framework, but that women lacked any formal representation in the drafting process and are not fully recognised as implementers.

During this discussion, entitled 'Women framing hope?', the findings of the audit will be presented and a set of recommendations made on how civil society and women's organisations can be better involved in the monitoring and implementation of the PSCF, as well as how women’s participation can be guaranteed in future peace processes.

Hosted by International Alert, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations.

To attend, please RSVP here by 19 October. You can read the gender audit here.

Speakers

Maria Lange, DRC Country Manager, International Alert
Susanna Rudehill, Head of Office, Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation in DRC
Solange Lwashiga, Executive Secretary, Caucus des Femmes Congolaises du Sud-Kivu Pour la Paix
Julienne Baseke, Executive Secretary, Association des Femmes des Médias du Sud Kivu (AFEM)

Moderator

Petra Andorff Tötterman, Deputy Secretary General, Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

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About International Alert

International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. We work with local people in over 25 countries around the world to help them build peace. Find out more at www.international-alert.org

About the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation strengthens the organisation of women in conflict regions by collaborating with women’s organisations and supporting their work to promote women’s rights and peace. Find out more at www.kvinnatillkvinna.se/en