MONROVIA – The University of Liberia (UL) has announced that in partnership with the International Academy for Gender and Peace in Abuja, Nigeria, it will host a 2 day international conference on Mainstreaming Gender in the Security Sector in West Africa on Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31, 2023 on the campus of the institution with Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps serving as the Guest Speaker.
According to a press statement issued from UL and signed by Associate Professor Weade Kobbah-Boley, Chairperson of the Planning Committee, the conference, which will be officially opened by the Liberian Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Joint Security in Liberia Hon. Musa Dean will bring together an array of participants from the security sector, civil society, the international community, and institutions of higher learning.
The release further said the West African Conference will provide opportunities to deliberate, share experiences and recommend practical actions for advancing women’s participation in peace processes as well as to offer the opportunity to assess the progress made by military and paramilitary Agencies in ECOWAS states in delivering existing commitments using the Continental Results Framework. It said over twenty years ago, The United Nations Security Sector adopted Resolution 1325 calling for the increased participation of women in Conflict prevention, resolution, and post-conflict construction.
It was also stated that the Conference is expected to strengthen relations between male and female personnel in the military and paramilitary agencies in securing critical infrastructure in Ecowas member States and evaluate the delivery of existing gender, peace, and security strategies across Member States.
Participants at the Conference will discuss issues related to forging new Civil-Military relations for Security Sector Reforms in Africa, Gender Inclusion in Peace Building and Reconciliation in Post Conflict Societies in Africa, Women Peace and Security in Africa, and United Nations Resolution 1325 and the security sector in Africa.
During the Conference, the President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Julius Nelson, and the Vice Chancellor of the International Academy for Gender and Peace, Dr. Frederick Terhemba Tyoor will launch a Master of Science Program in Gender and Peace Studies at the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, at the University of Liberia. The two institutions will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding for faculty collaboration, student exchange, and exchange for research studies. Also at the event, key personalities will be inducted as fellows into the International Academy of Gender and Peace Studies.