The US military has set its sights on Africa in the guise of Africa Command (AFRICOM), but is an increased level of militarisation what Africa needs? Does this make a mockery of human rights frameworks such as UN SCR 1325?
With no female candidates having run for the presidential elections in 2011 and concerns are raised over their un-free and unfair nature - what does the near future hold for the women of the DRC?
"Advancing the cause of women, peace and security must be integral to our peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts, not an afterthought. Today [...] is our chance to say, loud and clear: Women Count for Peace." Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations 10th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)
“They demand peace more readily than men. Which does not signify that there are no warriors among us. If needs be, I will fight” (Gylden, 2003.1).
Source: Make Every Woman Count (MEWC)
Eleven years ago on the 31st October 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, the first Resolution on Women, Peace & Security.