Global Campaigns Director for Crisis Action
Break out session 2: New wars, Old wars: Ongoing conflicts in Africa
This session will delve deeper into matters of armed conflict and militarism in Africa. From South Sudan to Burundi, DRC to Central Africa Republic, to political revolutions in Egypt and Libya that have turned violent. This session focuses on militarisation, violent conflict, civil wars, military rule and how they are an obstacle to development.
This session opens dialogue on how political, economic, social and cultural factors cause and sustain war and conflict. It will highlight the connections between local, regional and global systems and the role played by various national and international actors, either to deconstruct or reproduce conflicts. In sharing their experiences, the speakers acknowledge that there have been some successes in managing conflicts on the continent however the intractable conflicts remain. They will reflect and discuss different conflict, pre- and post-conflict contexts, paying attention to women’s experiences, and highlight the way that women have navigated and offered leadership in conflict-prone zones.