The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) convened a meeting to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The meeting
with the theme; “ 15 Years of Implementing UNSCR 1325 in West Africa: Looking Back and Looking Forward” held from October 20 to 21,
2015 in Accra and was hosted by the Ghana Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

In his welcome remarks, WANEP Executive Director, Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze reaffirmed the critical role of women in promoting peaceful co-existence
adding; “it is obvious that there can be no security where women are exposed to violence and no peace where they are ignored.”

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Honorable Nana Oye
Lithur, represented by the Deputy Minister, Honorable John A. Ackon, delivered the
keynote address which detailed the role of Ghanaian women in peace building,
especially their contribution to the Nkonya/Alavanyo peace process. Honorable
Nana Oye Lithur who later declared the meeting closed, also reiterated the commitment of the Government of Ghana through her Ministry to promoting the women,
peace and security agenda. She expressed optimism that gender equality in the
region can be achieved through the collective efforts of all stakeholders and urged
the participants to adopt outcomes of the deliberations as a call to action in fasttracking the implementation of 1325 in their countries.

WANEP News: Issue 10

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