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The Role of Women in Con­flict Nego­ti­a­tion and Peace­ful Set­tle­ments Nationally and Internationally in the black community

What are we discussing? Roughly a fortnight ago, we discussed how women have and continue to contribute to resolving conflicts and bringing peace in the community.

Since this year, the death toll arising from community warfare has been alarming. In South Sudan alone, over 10,000 people have died. The recent concern addresses the large number of conflicts in Africa compared to past decades. Some organizations have taken the bull by the horn to empower women to play a role in peace keeping. According to a United Nations article “In 1993, women made up 1% of deployed uniformed personnel. In 2012, out of approximately 125,000 peacekeepers, women constitute 3% of military personnel and 10% of police personnel in UN Peacekeeping missions”.

Why are we discussing it? According to the United Nation, “female peacekeepers act as role models in the local environment inspiring women and girls in often male-dominated societies for their own rights and for participation in peace processes”. We, at World Ebony Network want to know what women did to participate in conflict negotiations and in peaceful settlements in the community and how those traditional practices can transcend in today’s world.

Our April 4th Peace Talk will continue to explore this topic with the following leader(s) in community:

Dr. Francesca Nkadi, Ms. Marieme Dembele, Ms. Sandra Knight,  Ms. Yeatoe Mcintosh,  Mrs. Catherine Bradley, Fer­ris D. R. Foote

Host: Dr. Ezi Mecha

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