Women’s involvement in the peace process is among the challenges of the Pan-African Network of Women Mediators, FemWise-Africa, said Wednesday in Constantine Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.
Despite the considerable progress made by the African Union in promoting women’s participation in politics, justice and security, “further efforts must be made to strengthen women’s empowerment as mediators and promoters of cross-border cooperation, “Messahel said during the first General Assembly of the Pan-African Women’s Network for Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa).
Emphasizing the importance of the protection of women against all forms of violence and discrimination, Messahel assured that the participation of women as mediators in the framework of the African Union, “will incite in a way, member states to change their legislation on the representation of women in their institutions and the protection of their rights “.
“If women do not participate in the decision-making process in their society, it will be difficult for them to participate in decisions relating to conflict resolution and the promotion of peace,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Welcoming the commendable efforts of Catherine Samba Panza and Speciosa Wandira, respectively a member and co-chair of FemWise-Africa, the Minister underscored the African Union’s commitment to women’s empowerment in all areas.
Co-organized by Algeria and the African Union (AU), this first assembly of women mediators and promoters of cross-border cooperation chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, should be sanctioned by recommendations.