Lena T.Cummings (Director) and Awanah Flee (Programme Officer), of Women in Peacebuilding Program, (WIPNET) of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) are currently participating at the 57th CSW in New York. Yesterday they held a presentation regarding one for their projects in Liberia, supported by Kvinna till Kvinna. With this year’s focus at CSW being violence against women WIPNET shared important knowledge of how to work with women and men at the grassroots level through awarenessraising , empowering women to speak out, and to enable behavioral change in women and men to end violence against women.
Jambo Sana from Bukavu, where Kvinna till Kvinna is in the middle of a workshop together with Life & Peace Institute and local partner organizations. The workshop takes place in a center run by Jesuit tout court, located in a calm area on the outskirts of the city, with a beautiful garden and a view of Lake Kivu. Certainly the right kind of environment to allow the participants peace and quiet to be able to concentrate on the topic of the workshop: conflict transformation and how to better include women in those processes.
– Women are often consulted informally on issues of importance in the community, but then, they are excluded from the formal forums for discussion and decision making, says Gégé Katana, Coordinator of the local women’s organization Solidarité des Femmes Activistes pour la Défense des Droits Humains (SOFAD). It is time for women to take place also in these forums, to be allowed to transmit their experience and knowledge in the open!