Media Practitioner and Humanitarian
Break out session 1: New threats on security in Africa
This session explores the role of transformative leadership for women’s rights in addressing new threats in security. In recent years we have seen a rise in threats in security which, include States and non-state actors in a war of competing world views. Some of the arguments used as a basis for the new threats are religion, culture, and tradition to justify violence and discrimination. Such justifications have caused regressions on human rights and are damaging to democracy and gender justice. These new threats are linked to geopolitics, militarism, inequalities, displacement, disenfranchisement and are to a large extend a battle of ideologies. In this new war of ideas, the battle fields have also been extended to women’s bodies. The session opens a discussion on organised resistance and collective voice to challenge the new security threats in Africa.