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WANEP Launches its Peace Monitoring Centre

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In continuous fulfillment of its mandate as the implementing partner of ECOWAS Early Warning Mechanism (ECOWARN), the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) recently upgraded and launched its Peace Monitoring Centre in Accra, Ghana.

The Peace Monitoring Centre is the situation monitoring and analysis division of WANEP’s West Africa Early Warning Network (WARN) through which WANEP Regional Secretariat and its 15 national networks support the ECOWAS early warning mechanism as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding the two institutions entered into since 2002.

The fragility of peace and stability in the West African region demands vigilance and close monitoring of the state of security. To ensure this close monitoring, WANEP in 2010, launched its National Early Warning Systems (NEWS) across the sub region.

NEWS is created to complement and reinforce the ECOWAS Warning and Response Network (ECOWARN). NEWS strives to respond to critical demands for pertinent information relating to human security and violent conflict especially at local community level.

The Visit of the Acting Director of ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate to WANEP’s PMCThe Visit of the Acting Director of ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate to WANEP’s PMC

The PMC in collaboration with the National Early Warning Systems will continue to produce;
Policy Briefs, Strategic Conflict and Peace Assessment (SCONPA), Weekly Highlight; Quarterly Report; Press Release; WARN Alert, Conflict Census, Daily Highlight (DHL), Country Risk Profile, Conflict System etc.

In an unofficial visit of the Acting Director for the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate on 16th, November, 2011 - Ms. Florence Iheme applauded the PMC initiative. The two institutions used the opportunity to brainstorm on ways of strengthening the ECOWARN system as well as the entire peace and security regime in the sub region
 

The 7th Women in Peacebuilding Annual Lesson Learned Conference begins in Accra – Ghana

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The 7th Women in Peacebuilding Annual Lesson Learned Conference begins in Accra – Ghana

The 2011 WIPNET conference scheduled for the 17th and 18th of November 2011 started at the Mensvic Hotel in Accra – Ghana today (17- 11 -2001). This year’s conference brought together over 50 women peacebuilding practitioners including participants from southern, central and eastern Africa. The theme of this year’s conference is “West African Women in Post Conflict Situation – Realities and Ideal

The WIPNET Regional conference is an annual event that brings together representatives of women’s groups from across West Africa and beyond to deliberate on topical issues on women, peace and security and develop strategies that would place women at the centre of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The aim of the conference is to review the barriers to full participation of women in post conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding; examine the gaps that exist between governments’ policy and implementation and strategize through a regional action plan for the full participation and involving women in post conflict societies in West Africa.

In his welcome address; the Program Director of WANEP - Mr. Chukwuemeka B Eze, observed that even though there exists several international, continental and sub-regional instruments for ensuring women’s participation at all levels of peace processes, the issue of structural violence against women, particularly in light of post conflict reconstruction, has not been given the due attention and investment it deserves by international, regional and national power structures and other actors.

He urged women to ensure that violence and marginalization is eliminated from the vocabulary of women’s struggle and is replaced with women’s success and active participation in the political, social and economic spheres of society so that every young woman in this sub region shall embrace enlightenment instead of fear, and experience the infinite possibilities

Similarly, the keynote speaker; MS Tolulope Lewis Tamoka; UNDP Seconded Programme Manager to the Women Peace and Security Institute of KAIPTC, Ghana, acknowledged that progress in being made in the national implementation of UNSCR 1325 with 3 more countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire) adopting national action plans (NAPs) and, Ghana the Gambia and Nigeria in the process of developing NAPs but urged the women to consider the development of a regional Action Plan which should ensure that the plans have strong accountability mechanisms for their implementation and resources for proper implementation.

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October : WANEP Regional Board Meets

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WANEP Regional Board Meets – 12th to 14th October 2011

In line with the constitutional provision of WANEP which stipulates that its Board shall meet for a minimum of twice in a year; the WANEP regional Board held its 2nd meeting for 2011 from the 12th to the 14th of October at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Accra Ghana.

At the meeting, the Board received and acted upon the administrative, program and financial report from the WANEP regional secretariat. The Board further took the opportunity of the meeting to provide useful advice and direction on the running of the network at both regional and national secretariat and empowered WANEP regional Management team to undertake some policy reforms aimed at the growth and development of the network.

The board commended the management and staff of WANEP at both regional and national secretariats for their dedication and giant strides since the last board meeting and reminded them that expectations of the various West African communities WANEP serve are enormous especially as many countries in the sub region are experiencing some levels of fragility and brittleness.

Report on Inter-Party Youth Dialogue Committee (IPYDC) Training on Understanding Conflict, Integrity and Early Warning

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Report on Inter-Party Youth Dialogue Committee (IPYDC) Training on Understanding Conflict, Integrity and Early Warning

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Ghana (WANEP-Ghana) held a training workshop for members of their Inter Party Youth Dialogue Committee (IPYDCs) from five regions. The participants were from Tamale, Sunyani, Ho, Takoradi and Kumasi under its Youth in Election (YiEL) project. The workshop included 10 participants from District Assemblies in the Western Region.

The Youth in Election project was developed based on findings of a research WANEP-Ghana participated in, in conflict prone areas of Tamale and Yendi, Bawku and Wa in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana. One of the key findings of the research was that the youth (aged 18 to 35) were mostly influenced by individuals and groups including politicians to engage in violent actions against opponents. Statistics on WANEP-Ghana’s database asserted to the finding that politically motivated youth violence were on the increase in most parts of the country.

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WANEP CONGRATULATES LEYMAH GBOWEE FOR HER ACHIVEMENTS AND WINNING OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

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WANEP CONGRATULATES LEYMAH GBOWEE FOR HER ACHIVEMENTS AND WINNING OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) rejoices with the people of Liberia and particularly President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ms. Leymah Gbowee on the remarkable achievement of winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011. The significance of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is in the recognition of the courage and leadership role of the Women of Liberia in their collective efforts to work for peace in Liberia and contribute to the reconstruction of their war devastated country. It is truly gratifying that it is the women of Liberia who lived the trauma and ravages of the Liberian civil war who are recognised today for their achievement of building peace and not an outside leader or expert who contributed to the peace. The achievement of President Johnson Sirleaf and Ms Leymah Gbowee mark a new trend; that peace can be achieved and sustained by the toil and efforts of those who have experienced violence and yet have the courage to stand up and build bridges, reconcile communities and construct a new vision for divided communities......

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