CONSTANTINE, ALGERIA, The first General Assembly of the of the Pan-African Women’s Network for Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa) has opened in Constantine in northeastern Algeria with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel officiating at its opening Wednesday..
Also present was Smail Chergui, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, and Ghania Eddalia, Algeria’s Minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women’s Affairs.
The general assembly is being attended by woman leaders experienced in the resolution of conflicts as well as representatives of the AU, Regional Economic Communities, the United Nations, community leaders, and representatives from the private and academic sectors.
The goal of the inaugural FemWise-Africa general assembly, which is being held under the theme, Women Mediators and Promotion of Cross-border Co-operation, is to identify mediation led by women, discuss strategic issues and finally, examine and adopt the network’s annual working plan.
Co-organized by Algeria and the AU, the general assembly is taking place as part of the implementation of the recommendations made at the first Constantine meeting, held in December 2016 and endorsed by African Heads of State and Government in July 2017, and which notably calls for women’s role in peace negotiations to be institutionalized.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK