On 31 March 2016, the Southern Africa Liaison Office (SALO) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) South Africa Multi-Country Office co-hosted a lunch launch of the Global Report ‘Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice Securing the Peace: Implementation of UNSCR1325’ in Pretoria. The lunch was an interactive panel discussion with a diverse range of speakers from policy makers to individuals with expertise and experience in gender, peace and security. The launch also looked at next steps for policy makers and engaging citizens on the issue – 15 years since adoption of UNSCR1325.
Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe the Representative of the UN Women South Africa did the opening remarks, Professor Cheryl Hendricks of University of Johannesburg moderated the proceedings and Mr Themba Kalua the Deputy Representative for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment was the programme director. The panellists included, Ms Jebbeh Foster the Regional advisor of the Gender, Peace and Security at ESARO, Ambassador Thenjiwe Mthintso the South African Ambassador to Romania, Ms Josina Machel the Daughter of Graca Machel and survivor of domestic violence, Ms Yasmin Sooka the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights and Mr Pitso Montwedi the Chief Director: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at DIRCO.
In attendance were government officials, members of the diplomatic community, UN agencies, a representative from the African Union and SADC Secretariat respectively, civil society organisations, eminent individuals and the citizens.