This Wednesday, November 2, 2022, ended in Goma, the training workshop of women and youth networks on the architecture of the Governance of the African Union.
One of the speakers, Professor Kennedy Hangi Bindu, Director of the Centre for Research on Democracy and Development in Africa (CREDAH), said that the 3 days of training were an ideal framework for exchanges on capacity building of women and youth networks on the peace architecture of the African Union and also the architecture of Governance as well as the relations that exist between this continental structure and the different economic regional communities.
« Where there is the fundamental aspect is the fact that it is a topical issue, the other level is the assiduity of stakeholders and who reflect to see how the country can get out of this problem of insecurity that has plagued it for years, it is also about the tools made available to this audience that are important well researched with very important content that will help them do their job without much difficulties, » he said.
The latter calls on women and men to engage much more and to send their advocacy and lobing among decision-makers.
The participants in this training say they are satisfied with the material covered, and more particularly with the regional mechanisms.
« The workshop was beneficial because we shared information on the regional mechanisms in which our country is part, it also allows us to know how to direct our advocacy for the search for peace and security we understood that sometimes we go very far while we have very close mechanisms that we must use to be able to carry the voice of the country. » says Ms. Lysette Mavungu, one of the participants and member of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and State Building.
At the end of this activity, another participant indicated that an action plan would need to be implemented at the local, provincial, national and international levels in order to try to address the community’s concerns.
Mrs. Joella Sambo, President of the Provincial Youth Council of South Kivu, asks the organizers to intensify these types of activities to equip the leaders of the platforms.
« We would like to have more notions about what concerns the international community so that we who are responsible for the different platforms of women in the provinces to have a certain background necessary to allow us to disclose and transmit what we have learned at these meetings, we hope that the partner who organized this activity will be able to do it again to rule on other points that we do not have known how to approach during our meetings » she asks.
Note that this 3-day training from October 31 to November 2, 2022 is part of the « Just Future » project and therefore brings together networks of women and young people who work to promote resolutions 1325 and 2250, and who intervene in the areas where the project is located, including the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and Kinshasa with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through Cordaid.
Freddy Ruvunangiza in Goma