Bamako 2006, Mali

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Conference on "Gender, Peace and Security in Africa:
Capitalising on Ten Years of Women's Experience"
11th - 15th June 2006 - Bamako, Mali

Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) held a conference in Bamako, Mali, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. The Conference was entitled ‘Gender, Peace and Security in Africa: Capitalising on Ten Years of Women's Experience' and was hosted by H.E Amadou Toumani Touré, President of Mali.

Guests at the Conference included: H.E Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Mrs. Toure Lobbo Traore, first lady of Mali; Dr. Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa; Ms. Aminata Tall, Minister of State, Senegal; and Mrs. Ruth Sando Perry, former Head of State, Liberia.

The conference was an opportunity to unite African women working for peace and to review ten years of activities in order to further enhance the participation of women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa. Further, the conference provided an avenue in which to identify the best practices of female peace leaders and to define strategies for future action.

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From left to right - Ms Julienne Ondziel, Toure Lobbo Traore, First Lady of Mali, President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson of Liberia, President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali, Ms Aminata Tall,  Dr Nkosazana Dlamina Zuma

 

One of the highlights of the conference was the evening gala and presentation of the Tombouctou Award. Several eminent personalities, including the President of Mali, received this distinction in recognition of their efforts and contributions in the pursuit of peace and stability in Africa. The selection of President Toumani Touré as a recipient of the Tombouctou Award recognizes the wisdom and resolve of Malians in ending the "Rebellion of Touareg" conflict on March 17th, 1996. As such, the location of the conference in Mali and the award logo entitled "the Flame of Tombouctou" were chosen to symbolize the efforts of the Malian people towards peace and reconciliation.

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Panellists at the Conference

 

The results of a study, commissioned by FAS, of its activities over the past ten years, were also presented. The study was carried out between January and February, 2006 by four external consultants and examined FAS's contributions to the women's peace movement.

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Local children holding doves as a symbol of peace

 

In addition to the launch of the study, the conference was also an opportunity to discuss new tools for action, including the creation of a Leadership Bank of African Women, and case studies and instruments of monitoring and evaluation that will now be available as a resource for women invested in promoting peace and stability on the continent.

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Participants at the Conference