Third Forum of Ministers in charge of Women’s Affairs in the Great Lakes Region to be held in Tanzania
The Third Forum of Ministers will meet from 16 to 18 December 2010 in Arusha (United Republic of Tanzania) to sign the legal documents for the establishment of a new Regional Research and Documentation Centre on Women, Gender and Peace-building in the Great Lakes Region. The Forum will also produce a new Action Plan for 2011 with a view to determining the means of cooperation in the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality in the region.
The Forum of Ministers of Women’s Affairs of the Great Lakes Region has met twice to date, in July 2008 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and in June 2009 in Mombasa (Kenya).
The Forum has been established by UNESCO as part of its programme in favour of promoting the human rights and the status of women living in the region.
The major objective of UNESCO’s activities is to assist in advancing women’s participation in post-conflict resolution, democratization and governance, as called for in the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration of 2004 [PDF, 1.4 MB].
Particular attention will be paid to the need to:
- Increase the representation of women at all decision-making levels.
- Support women’s grassroots organizations in their peace initiatives.
- Ensure protection of and respect for human rights of women and girls.
The meeting will be chaired by Hon. Sophia Simba, Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Ms Maria del Pilar Alvarez-Laso, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences.
Download the programme [PDF, 179 KB]
For more information, please contact: Jane Freedman, j.freedman(at)unesco.org.
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