|African Women’s Peace and Security Fellowships|
|Friday, 19 February 2010 01:36|
CSDG’s Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women programme, is now in its fifth year.
The Fellowship programme is designed to expose professional African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development and equip them for careers in this field. The Fellowship programme was conceived against a number of background factors. First, is the comparatively low level of women involved in peace and security issues, especially as compared with those involved in human rights and development issues. Second, is the need to assist African women to meet the demands of the Beijing process and, more recently, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for the inclusion of women at all decision-making levels in “all national regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts”. This Fellowship is aimed at challenging the existing tendency that seems to reinforce the male dominant discourse on conflict and security related matters. It will also develop the network of African women scholars working in the field whilst linking them with the peace and security mechanisms of the regional institutions.