EAC, SADC urged to involve women in peace, security issues

THE East Africa Community (EAC) and South Africa Development Community (SADC) region peace and security committees have been urged to come up with a national action plan that will involve women in peace and security issues.

This was said by the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Group Mr Amon Mpanju, during the commemorations of International Day of Peace that was held in Dar es Salaam recently.

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

“It is the time now for the peace and security committees within the respective regions to come up with action plans that will be used to get rid of violence against women and children in our countries, as well as entrusting women in leadership positions,” said Mr Amon.

Mr Mpanju said that Tanzania is making good strides in affirmative action, where a considerable number of women are taking key leadership positions at all levels.

“There is an increasing number of women leaders in the country including ministers, regional and district commissioners.

“Increasing numbers of women in leadership positions at different levels clearly shows Tanzania’s commitment in promoting the rights of women and children,” said Mr Amon.

On her side, the Norway Ambassador to Tanzania Ms Elisabeth Jacobsen said it is very timely to use the opportunity of International Dao of Peace to discuss the good practices in order to make a national action plan.

Ms Jacobsen said that peace and security agendas should be pushed every day throughout the year in order to overcome the issues that faced women and children.

She also thanked the United National Women’s (UN Women) for bringing them together at the important event.
The event was attended by representatives from various countries including Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Burundi, and Malawi.

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