Engagement with Women, Peace and Security Stakeholders

On July 21st, 2023, we participated in a productive engagement with fellow stakeholders in the Women, Peace, and Security space, working within Africa. This gathering brought together representatives from Héritiers de la Justice (HJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), who were present in Nairobi for a partners’ exchange, generously supported by KAIROS and the Fellowship of Christian Councils in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAH). KAIROS is an organization committed to promoting full equality and equity for women, men, girls, and boys across diverse identities, roles, and spheres of life, is actively working on various projects aimed at achieving this goal.

Throughout the engagement, we had the opportunity to share our experiences and efforts in the fields of Peace and Conflict Transformation, with a particular focus on advancing gender equality and equity within marginalized communities. We also had the privilege of learning from the stakeholders, gaining valuable insights and perspectives.

One significant outcome of the meeting was the realization of common challenges faced by African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Kenya in the context of Women, Peace, and Security. The shared characteristics among these nations stemmed from the repercussions of climate change they experienced, leading to significant effects on their livelihoods primarily dependent on natural resources.

Recognizing the importance of breaking down silos and promoting collaboration among various actors, we collectively agreed that more of such meetings are needed to enhance the impact of our outreach efforts. By fostering continuous dialogue and cooperation, we believe we can address the pressing issues faced by women and communities in these regions more effectively and work towards a more peaceful and equitable future.

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