Addis Ababa — A three-day conference aimed at enhancing women's role in conflict prevention and mediation for the betterment of Africa opened here today.
The conference organized by the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa) brings together women involved in mediation processes, conflicts prevention and social cohesion activities around Africa.
While opening the conference, President Sahlework Zewde said efforts to solve conflicts in Africa will be fruitless without active participation of women in mediation and peace process.
"We must stress equal and full participation of women in mediation and conflict prevention as active agents of peace and security," the president added.
Sahlework noted that networking through the framework of FemWise-Africa is crucial in providing a platform for strategic advocacy, capacity building, and implementation of commitments.
Briefing journalists, Co-Chairperson of AU Network of Women Mediators Speciosa Wandira said the conference aims at enhancing women's involvement in resolving conflicts in Africa at community, national, and regional levels.
She added that the root causes of conflicts in Africa are not addressed in a systematic manner.
Wandira stated that the nature of addressing conflicts must change and women should work together with men in mediation and conflict resolutions of Africa for the well being of Africans.