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Women behind the frontline
Date: 27 January 2016
Time: 09h00 - 10h00
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Taitu Street, Addis Ababa

African leaders will gather for the 26th African Union (AU) Summit this month under the theme of the African year of human rights with a focus on the rights of women.

Although the AU’s Framework on Security Sector Reform calls for upholding the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment, a key question remains – are women better represented in the security sector?

This seminar launches two recent studies of the wives of soldiers of the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo and the wives of rebel or militia members in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

These studies looked at the daily experiences and coping strategies of these women to assess what roles they play and whether their needs are considered during peace negotiations, reintegration processes and post-conflict reconstruction periods. 

Chair: Stephanie Wolters, Head, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis division, ISS


  • Mark Sewers, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia, CAR, Djibouti and South Sudan and Permanent Representative to the African Union
  • Tsion Tadess Abebe, Deputy Director Africa Program, United Nations University for Peace
This event is made possible with funding from the government of Australia. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Sheraton Hotel
Taitu Street
Addis Ababa
Mariamawit Wole
Phone: +251 115 156 320
Stephanie Wolters
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