PHOTOS:Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini with Madame Benita Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union
PHOTO: The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini in a bilateral meeting with Madame Benita Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union
18 May 2022
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini has today arrived in Geneva, Switzerland to co-chair the Global Network of Focal Points on Women, Peace and Security taking place in Geneva from 18-19 May 2022. South Africa alongside Switzerland are the 2022 co-chairs of the WPS.
The theme for the 2022 Swiss-South Africa Co-Chairship of the WPS Focal Points Network is: Partnering for Change -Translating the Women, Peace and Security Agenda into Action”. This theme embodies the idea of Cooperation between states, regional and international organization and civil society as a source of innovative and transformation of the women, peace and security agenda.
The two main objectives of this year’s meeting will focus on two interrelated pillars of WPS Agenda: participation and protection. The participation of women in all phases of peace processes and at all levels of decision -making is interlinked with the protection of women’s rights. One does not work without the other.
Women are actors at the same time, the gradual erosion of their rights is impacting women’s opportunities and affecting the implementation of global WPS commitments there this meeting capital-level meeting aims to encourage the development of transformative strategies that can be integrated into National Action Plans, policies and regional WPS framework.
Whilst in Geneva, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini held several bilateral meetings with her counterparts and various key stakeholders
and also met with Madame Benita Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union.
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