Examples

Great Lakes region

In 1998, FAS helped women in Burundi draft the Cape Town Declaration and the Arusha Declaration, which articulated women's specific needs. These documents formed the basis of their participation in the peace negotiations in Arusha, Tanzania, in October 1998 and were later incorporated into the country's peace accords.

SEE DOCUMENT FOR ARUSHA DECLARATION » PDF

Developments in the DRC in 2002 persuaded FAS to help the local women in the provinces identify the issues that would later be discussed at national level. Consultations were organized in the eastern and western provinces and culminated in the Nairobi Conference, which was organized by FAS and its partners. The conference was attended by government officials, senators, ministers and parliamentarians, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, the media and the private sector.

The Nairobi Declaration and Plan of Action were adopted at the conference and articulated the priority issues for Congolese women. The Nairobi Declaration was later presented at the Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Sun City in 2002, the major peace negotiations which resulted in the creation of the DRC's transitional government in late 2003.

SEE DOCUMENT FOR NAIROBI DECLARATION AND PLAN OF ACTION » PDF

Mano River region

In the Mano River region, women leaders and representatives of the private sector, workers' associations and UN agencies were brought together to create a women's network. This network was formed in 2000 and is known as the Mano River Women's Peace Network (MARWOPNET).

FAS helped to mobilize and support this network at the sub-regional level when it assisted MARWOPNET in drafting a Plan of Action that was presented, discussed and adopted in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2000. The Plan of Action  aimed to foster the peace process in the Mano River region and focused on peace mechanisms, security in the sub-region, reconstruction and economic empowerment. With its common agenda in place, MARWOPNET became instrumental in mainstreaming gender issues in the agendas of the Mano River Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), particularly after it was given observer status at ECOWAS summits.