Great Lakes region

FAS first organized a solidarity mission to Burundi in December 1997, sponsored by the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The purpose of this mission was to familiarize FAS with the country's political context and to evaluate the real needs of Burundian woman. The delegation was able to make contact with women's associations working for peace and to raise their awareness of the role they had to play in resolving the crisis in Burundi. The mission also enabled FAS to make the various parties aware of the necessity of involving women in the peace process and of recognizing the role they could play in managing the crisis.

In December 2001, FAS and its partners organized a solidarity mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), led by Ms. Ruth Sando Perry, former Acting Head of State of Liberia. The mission gave greater visibility to the grassroots initiatives of Congolese women. Delegates visited camps for internally displaced people, hospitals, the central prison and rebel-held territories in the country's eastern provinces. They met heads of rebel groups, representatives of the international community, ambassadors and the President of the DRC, Joseph Kabila.

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Mission to the eastern provinces of the DRC, 2001

In February 2004, a delegation of FAS members undertook a mission to the Great Lakes region prior to the International Conference on the Great Lakes, which was being jointly organized by the African Union (AU) and the UN. The delegation visited Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC and met women's organizations, including Pro-Femmes in Rwanda and the Collectif des Associations et Organisations non gouvernmentales Féminines du Burundi  (CAFOB) in Burundi, to assess the level of grassroots participation in the upcoming conference. Having assessed the needs of women's networks, FAS was able to support CAFOB's preparation and participation in the conference.

Mano River region

Solidarity missions not only highlight problem areas but also raise awareness of positive changes that have occurred. In January 2006, 350 women from the Mano River Women's Peace Network (MARWOPNET) and its partners participated in a Peace Caravan in celebration of the inauguration of Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the first elected female president of Liberia.

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Peace Caravan, Monrovia, Liberia, January 2006