REGIONAL FAITH WOMEN MEDIATION NETWORK (REFWOMEN) FORUM ON UNSCR 1325 & UNSCR 2250: ADVOCACY, LOBBYING & NETWORKING - FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COUNCILS AND CHURCHES IN THE GREAT LAKES AND HORN OF AFRICA (FECCLAHA)

REGIONAL FAITH WOMEN MEDIATION NETWORK (REFWOMEN) FORUM ON UNSCR 1325 & UNSCR 2250: ADVOCACY, LOBBYING & NETWORKING

Delegates savoring every moment of growth and learning at this impactful FECCLAHA Regional Faith Women Mediation Network (REFWOMEN) held in Nairobi, Kenya

A total of 30 elder and young women mediators were taken through an exposition of UNSCR 1325 and 2250 pillars on Women, Peace, and Security and Youth, Peace, and Security respectively with a view to strengthen their capacity in advocacy, lobbying, and networking as well as facilitate the process of identifying opportunities and strategies for advocacy across the region during the Regional Faith Women Mediation Network (REFWOMEN) Regional forum.

The FECCLAHA Regional Faith Women Mediation Network (REFWOMEN) consists of women from the Christian and Muslim faith with a current membership spread through 7 countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and South Sudan; was formally launched in 2017 as  structure to coordinate and consolidate the Faith Women’s voice for sustainable peace in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region.

The training further provided space for peer-to-peer learning as it reviewed the achievements, reflected on the challenges being experienced, opportunities available, strategies employed and entry points available for advocacy efforts. On undertaking advocacy, the participants were equipped with skills on issue identification, identifying the target audience, developing messages, identifying channels of communication, building support, fundraising, implementation, data collection and monitoring and evaluation. The participants also had an opportunity to share their country chapter reports as well as come up with action plans on the next steps. Through the call to action, the participants pledged to heighten advocacy efforts.

Finding inspiration and motivation at every corner of this workshop

REFWOMEN engagements are at the national and regional level  guided by the UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and UN SCR 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security guided by pillars on: Participation, Protection, Prevention, Relief & recovery and disengagement & reintegration, and Partnership. This regional workshop will seek to build on the knowledge and skills obtained over the years as well as the skills and experiences acquired from the exposure and interventions in the different countries.

”The Inter-generational dialogue will also provide spaces for mentorship and deeper understanding of issues of concern which will in turn strengthen collaborative intervention of women (older and younger) towards advocacy for Peace and Security in the region.” said Ms. Monica Njoroge, Program Manager – FECCLAHA.

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