African Union Special Envoy BinetaDiop is leading an assessment mission in Senegal, on the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda by member states. 25 member states have adopted their WPS National Action Plans. The African Union is keen to strengthen the role of women in conflict prevention, mediation and resolution for the impactful realization of Agenda 2063 flagship project on Silencing the Guns in Africa.
Mme Diop highlighted the role of member states in owning and leading the implementation of WPS agenda, further emphasizing on budgetary committments and mainstreaming the role of the youth in the development agenda.
She further called on the media to own the Women, Peace and security Agenda, by sharing positives narrative and achievements by African women.
The WPS National Action Plans are important components for a bottom-top approach to the African Union emphasis on gender mainstreaming, debate and policy development in the field of women, gender, peace and security as it seeks to enhance the dialogue around women’s effective participation in peace and security in Africa, protection in time of conflict and recognition in the post-conflict phase.