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Traditional Values Accelerate Women’s Voices for Peace in Cameroun and The Gambia

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In Cameroun, the Women in Alternative Action project is utilizing traditional values to give space to women’s voices under the Queens for Peace International project. The project focuses on empowering women in traditional institutions, such as wives of traditional rulers and female chiefs, to promote the implementation of UNSCR 1325. The Queens for Peace project employ a strategy known as ‘pillow diplomacy,’ to solicit the support of traditional/community and religious leaders for the inclusion of women in community peace processes. This has provided a space for women to contribute meaningfully in the process and ensure that their voices are heard. Their efforts and contributions have changed the dynamics in community peacebuilding initiatives.
In The Gambia, the mothers club is a potent force in the community used to ensure the enrolment and maintenance of girls’ in schools. They monitor school enrolment and sustenance, advocate to end girl-child marriages, provide guidance and counselling services, fund raise and advocate for boy’s involvement on gender issues to advance girls’ growth. Q I I
‘The Queens for Peace project employ a strategy known as ‘pillow diplomacy,’ to solicit the support of traditional/community and religious leaders for the inclusion of women in community peace processes”

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