Pre-conference panel on South Sudan

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Women, Peace, and Security – moving to the next stage of implementation? Case study on South Sudan

Thursday 22 September at 16.00-18.00

High-level pre-conference panel at the Nordic Africa Institute

Organized by NAI and CMI
Point of contact: Sirkku Hellsten, NAI
Moderator: Antonia Potter Prentice, CMI (Finland)

Registration: to julia.falkerby@nai.uu.se

Panel participants

  • Hon. Susan Wasuk Sokiri (Chairperson of the WPC-TNLA ), Member of parliament, South Sudan
  • Dr. Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, UN Women (immediately former) Country representative for South Sudan
  • Dr. Redie Bereketeab, Senior Researcher, the Nordic Africa Institute
  • Mr. Henric Råsbrant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

NOTE: The wider delegation from South Sudan will also be present during the panel discussion. The delegation includes:

-Hon. Anisia Achieng
-Hon. Mary Major Deng
-Hon. Asha Jok
-Mr. Kinaro Joseph

Concept description

Women’s role in conflict and peace building has gradually been changing across the world. Resolution 1325 has been calling for increased participation of women in peace operations and mediations. In addition, it encourages the incorporation of a gender perspective across the UN and national security efforts, peace keeping, and post-conflict reconstruction. The UN Women-commissioned Global Study (2015) on the results of the implementation of UNSCR 1325 was recently published, pointing out the challenges and opportunities in making a reality of UNSCR 1325 over the last 15 years.

This high-level panel will take a practical perspective at the resolution by focusing on the situation in South Sudan. The panel will take a critical look at the success of the resolution in this context by studying the gender dimensions of the conflict resolution process of the youngest state in the world. It will look in particular at efforts to include women in formal negotiation processes, formal and informal peace-related consultations of various kinds, and implementing and monitoring agreements made. The panel will address the following questions:

  • What efforts were made by any influential actors to include women in conflict resolution efforts.
    • What mechanisms were used and with what results?
    • What should be done about this at this stage in the process?
  • What efforts were made by any influential actors to undertake gendered analysis of the drivers of conflict, to inform the design of efforts to resolve it?
  • What linkages were made between the formal process and informal peace making efforts such as those by women’s organisations and networks, and women in civil society?
    • How did these linkages work and what impact have they had.
    • Could anything be done to enhance these at this stage?
  • Building on experience and existing bodies and networks, how can women’s participation in peace-making and reconciliation be sustainably assured?

The roundtable will not only provide lessons learnt, but it also gives a view also at the new opportunities to be taken forward in the field of women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace, peace, and security/gender and conflict/transitional justice.

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