POLICY BRIEF 1 OF 2016: Gender, Peace and Security and the 2030 Agenda: A Way Forward for South Africa; 31st March 2016, Pretoria

On the 31st March 2016, SALO and Saferworld launched a co-authored briefing paper, Gender, peace and security and the 2030 Agenda a way forward for South Africa. The event was a wide range of stakeholders who included civil society organisations, diplomats, policymakers, veterans, academics and members of the public. This was a useful opportunity to not only disseminate key findings of the paper, but also validation. Built around the briefing paper, the discussion was aimed at exploring how South Africa can use the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – particularly through its Goal 16 and 5 – and UNSCR 1325 Resolution to advance a gender, peace and security agenda domestically and internationally.

The discussion was structured in two panels, one looking at Gender, peace and security challenges in South Africa and the role of 2030 Agenda and other international policy frameworks and a second on UNSCR 1325 and South Africa: Lessons Shared. Speakers for the first panel included Ms Madeleine Rees, Human Rights Lawyer, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Ambassador Trine Skymoen, Ambassador to South Africa, Royal Embassy of Norway; Ms Yatima Nahara, Secretary-General, Pan-African Women’s Organization and High Commissioner Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini of South Africa to Namibia while Ms Petronella Mugoni-Sekeso, Senior Programme Officer for Knowledge Production, ACCORD; Ms Rita Manchanda, Research Director, South Asia Forum for Human Rights; Ms Bregje Wisjenbeek, Policy Officer Political Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Ambassador Thenjiwe Mtintso, South African Ambassador to Romania made the second panel.

Read full report here: Policy Brief 1 of 2016 – 31st March 2016