12.01.2011 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO signs agreement on establishment of Research Centre on Gender and Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, met with H.E. Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on 14 January 2011. After this meeting an agreement was signed between UNESCO and the DRC on the establishment of the Research and Documentation Centre on Women, Gender and Peacebuilding for the Great Lakes Region, to be located in Kinshasa.

The creation of the Centre is part of UNESCO’s programme in favour of promoting the human rights of women living in the Great Lakes Region through policy-oriented research, consultations, networking, capacity building and the promotion of sustainable peace in this region.

In connection with this regional centre, national centres will also be established in eleven other African states participating in this programme: Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Constitution of the Centre was signed by the eleven countries of the Region at a Forum of Ministers in charge of Women’s Affairs in Arusha (United Republic of Tanzania) in December 2010.

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