Plenary panel 2: Women, Peace and security
Objective: This session explores the question of how transformative leadership for women’s rights can transform peace and security in the continent. It explores various aspects of peace and security and locates women in the existing and more intractable wars in the continent, examines how conflicts have changed and emerging trends in conflict in the continent. The session will also explore the new threats in security and what they mean for women and girls in the continent. This session will interrogate militarism, western hegemony and patriarchy and how conflicts have often used women’s bodies as battle grounds. It is intended that this session leads to a structured and concrete response to the raging and current situation in Burundi and South Sudan.
This session acknowledges that violence against women perpetuated in situations of conflict is a reflection of deeper systemic structures that perpetuate discrimination and violence against women. As such the speakers aim to draw a link between such discriminatory practices and accountability mechanisms in addressing conflict related sexual and gender based violence.