It's Kenya’s chance to guide global peace agenda

Agriculture CAS Linah Kilimo (holding flag) with women from the Pokot and Turkana communities during the launch of Women Peace Caravan to tame warring communities in West Pokot, Baringo and Turkana counties in February, 2020. 
 

Photo credit: Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:


  • Women's involvement in the north eastern region’s inter-clan conflicts of the 1990s bore peace committees that are a key component of national conflict resolution mechanisms.
  • UNSCR 1325 recognises the importance of women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in conflict resolution.
  • While women often broker peace in their communities, they are side-lined, their unique experiences and perspectives overlooked and are disproportionately affected by insecurity and disasters.
  • Integrating a gender perspective in peace and political processes can mitigate bias, prevent further undermining of women’s rights, ensure inclusive and sustainable peace building.

Women in Kenya have played a vital role in preventing conflict and building peace through the country’s many upheavals. They have been active in advocating, and taking forward, institutional and legal reforms. Their involvement in the north eastern region’s inter-clan conflicts of the 1990s bore peace committees that are a key component of national conflict resolution mechanisms.

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