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Framework to enhance women’s role in peace, security in Africa 
Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the Chairperson WPS at AU Commission of WPS

Framework to enhance women’s role in peace, security in Africa 

The framework which was officially availed at UNECA compound on February 4, 2019 was said to be a main instrument to put in place Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in the continent.

It is to be recalled that just few days ago during an introductory meeting for WPS agenda, President SahleworkZewide express her government’s commitment to boost the participation of woman in the military as well as policing and civilian services regarding the UN peacekeeping missions.

Ethiopia will continue with its commitment in enhancing the participation of women in the military, police and civilian services of the United Nations Peacekeeping missions,   President Sahlework said.

“Peace and security remain to be seen as a maledomain excluding the vital contribution of women,” said President Sahlework.

There are around 600 Ethiopian women out of 8,000 Ethiopian peacekeepers deployed in the UN Peace keeping missionsin different areas.

Over the past nine months,the Government of Ethiopian has shown a tremendous improvement in gender parity where Prime Minister AbiyAhmed (PhD) appointed10 female ministers which compriseshalf of his ministerial cabinet. In addition, for the first time in modern history of Ethiopia women president and chief of justice were also appointed.

Yet, the new administration failed to include proportional women in the newly formed two commissions; Border & identity Commission as well as reconciliation commission. 

As far as the framework is concerned, 23 African countries have so far adopted their respective national action plan on WPS.

“We need more countries andexpect them to develop their National action plans in the coming few years,” said Jean Bosco Butera (PhD), special advisor and Chief of staff of the Office of the Special Envoy of WPS at AU, in a media brief for local journalist.

The Envoy chaired by BinetaDiop was mandated to develop the framework back in 2014.

“The Office is not an implementer, but looks into what is on the ground, identifies gaps and facilitate parties to come together,” said Diop.

She further calls on “the women themselves to organize and pursue the Agenda- Women, Peace and Security.”

The framework up on its implementation; it has two main objectives mainly institutionalizing the monitoring and reporting of WPS agenda in Africa and strengthening accountability when it comes to the implementation of the agenda.