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Discussion panel

Discussion panel organized on the occasion of the celebration of International Women’s Rights Day

March 8, 2019, Dakar, Senegal

Organized in Dakar, with the participation of Mrs. Irène Mingasson, Head of Delegation of the European Union in Senegal and Mrs. Hilde Hardeman, Director of the Service of Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission, this discussion panel had as theme: ” Women’s Leadership and Participation in Security Governance: Innovative Approaches for Inclusive Security Governance in the Sahel “.

It was a 100% female panel, moderated by Dr Lori-Anne Theroux-Benoni, Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) – Dakar Office. The interventions presented included:

– Action research as a tool to promote the role of women in peace and security processes: the experience of the Malian Institute for Action-Research for Peace – Néné Konaté, Director of the Malian Institute for Action Research for the Peace (IMRAP)

– Bringing women’s voices to all levels of the G5 Sahel: what the G5 Sahel Women’s Platform can bring – Aïcha Bintou Sissoko, Representative of the G5 Sahel Women’s Platform

– Innovating to strengthen the participation and leadership of women in civil society in security governance: reflections to move from theory to practice – Ornella Moderan, Director of Sahel Programs Danish Demining Group

This event was attended by the following personalities:

– The Ambassador of the European Union to Senegal;

– The Director of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Union (from Brussels);

– The Executive Secretary by intermin of the Integrated Development Authority of the States of Liptako-Gourma (ALG);

– The Executive Director of the Malian Institute for Participatory Action Research (IMRAP);

– The Director of the Institute for Security Studies for West Africa (ISS Dakar);

– The Representative of the G5 Sahel Women’s Platform;

– The Regional Representative of ECHO in West Africa;

– Representatives of many other entities such as OCHA, UNOWAS, the Friedrich Erbert Foundation, the Citizen Platform WATHI, etc.

 

The meeting, held at the DRC-DDG premises in Dakar,

opened with a word of welcome from Yann Faivre, Regional Director DRC-DDG West Africa;

followed by speeches by Mrs. Irène Mingasson, Ambassador of the European Union in Senegal, then by Mrs. Hilde Hardeman, Director of the Service of Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission.

 

 

The panel, exclusively female, was moderated by Dr Lori-Anne Theroux-Benoni (ISS Dakar). Panelists included:

– Néné Konaté, IMRAP

– Aicha Bintou Sissoko, G5 Sahel Women’s Platform

– Ornella Moderan, DRC-DDG.

All four pose here with Madame Hilde Hardeman, Director of the Foreign Policy Instruments Service of the European Commission.

 

Mr. Seydou OUA, Executive Secretary of the Liptako-Gourma Authority, was one of the participants in the discussion that followed the panelists’ interventions.

The United Nations, the European Union, international NGOs working in the Sahel, as well as various regional civil society actors were also represented.

 

 

The panel proved to be a real opportunity to develop productive partnerships and synergies with other actors experimenting with innovative approaches to advance the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, in particular with the Friedrich Erbert Foundation, whose program manager ( here on the photo) subsequently requested the involvement of DDG in support of the establishment of the Women’s Regional Platform for Security Sector Reform (RSS).

 

Here are the results achieved at the end of this activity:

– Regional level visibility action successfully carried out to introduce the project;

– Strong mobilization of humanitarian and governance organizations invited;

– Initiation of discussions with the Friedrich Erbert Stiftung (FES) for collaboration and synergy between the PLF and the Regional Platform of Women for Security Sector Reform (RSS) planned in the Security for All project (also funded by the Commission European);

The success of the activity confirmed the relevance of targeting international days as key opportunities for project visibility, and of continuing to favor an “innovative programming” angle.

 

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