Popularising 1325

14 October 2005

I was just reflecting on the issue of popularising 1325.  I was recently in a workshop in Addis Ababa where we were discussing strategies for popularising the Protocol to the African charter on the Rights of Women in Africa.  There was so much knowledge about it from the audience and various campaigns are in place to ensure that it comes into force. During my reflection I recalled the research we made last year for WEDO for its publication 'Beijing Betrayed"  One of the questions was on the implementation and popularisation of 1325.  The results were pathetic.  None of the countries in the Eastern African sub region were making any effort at popularisisng the Resolution. Many NGOs had never even heard of it.  It's hardly cited in the many fora that we attend but mention CEDAW, Beijing etc, it will ring a bell.   We need to bring it up so that it becomes part of the normal discourse.  Women in our war torn region are not even using it to claim some rights. International Alerts tool kit is one of the best tools I've seen for doing this and I'm grateful that I posses it.  It has so much information.  Read it.  Use it.  (PS Ancil didn't pay me for this)



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