The ECOWAS Commission organized an Expert Consultation Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, from 18-19 October 2022, to validate the African Union Simplified Continental Results Framework (CRF) on Women, Peace and security for West Africa. The CRF was developed in response to the gaps in monitoring and reporting on the progress of the implementation of the Global Agenda for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on the continent. The workshop was therefore organized to begin the full implementation of the CRF on Women, Peace and Security in West Africa in order to accelerate the realization of WPS commitments through systematic monitoring and reporting and supported by Member States.
In her welcoming remarks, the Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe, welcomed participants to the workshop on behalf of the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs , Teacher. Fatou Sow Sarr. According to her, “the success of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda depends on its implementation at the international, regional, national and sub-national levels. The past few years have witnessed systematic and coordinated efforts to implement, at all levels, the WPS agenda which includes UNSCR 1325 and nine other related resolutions aimed at comprehensively preventing and resolving violent conflicts and ensuring (among other aspects) the protection of women’s rights and strengthening their participation and leadership in conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction.
She further added that the determination and commitment to the WPS agenda in West Africa is evident in the localization of UNSCR 1325 and other related resolutions with several Member States developing action plans. national action for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. -traditional factors, including the proliferation of violent conflict, extremism, pandemics, climate change and other threats to security and stability that have impacted women and girls in the region, she stated that the ECOWAS Commission, Member States, development partners, experts and other actors will continue to work to put in place structures to ensure the achievement of WPS objectives.
She noted that “the African Union (AU) has explicitly recognized that a major gap in the WPS program implementation cycle was the absence of a standardized monitoring and reporting framework; which led the AU in 2018 to develop a Continental Results Framework (CRF) to guide implementation and provide a basis for reflection on obstacles, progress made, opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the FPS agenda. For its part, ECOWAS, with a mandate to operationalize the CRF in West Africa with guidance from the Office of the AU Special Envoy (AU-OSE) on WPS, has further domesticated and attempted to simplify the CRF as well as develop a roadmap that would enable its full operationalization and use by Member States. The process was supported by the ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations Project (EPSAO), co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ.
She said the simplified CRF tool was designed to track progress towards the WPS agenda at regional and country levels and has 41 indicators divided into 2 categories and training events on how to roll out the CRF tool for the monitoring and reporting by Member States will commence by 2023. She assured that the ECOWAS Commission will continue to deliver on its commitment to the WPS agenda through its various programs around evaluation and development of a third generation regional action plan, the operationalization of the CRF as well as the institutionalization and operationalization of FemWise-West Africa.
In her brief remark, the WPS – GIZ/EPSAO Integrated Expert, Ms. Tamwakat Elizabeth Golit, who spoke on behalf of GIZ, thanked the experts for finding the time to attend the workshop and appreciated the diligence of the ECOWAS Commission in harnessing ways to simplify the Continental Results Framework for monitoring and reporting on women, peace and security in the sub-region. She said that the ECOWAS Commission is supported in this process through the ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations Project (EPSAO), co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ. She declared GIZ’s commitment to the operationalization and institutionalization of the Framework in recognition of the important role of women in peace and security.
The two-day hybrid event that ended on October 19, 2022 with the validation of the simplified African Union Continental Results Framework (CRF) and Roadmap, which will serve as a guide for the implementation and reporting on WPS programs in the region. Besides validation, participants made useful suggestions and recommendations to operationalize the African Union continental results framework for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Africa. West Africa. Some of the outcomes and recommendations of the workshop are as follows: that the ECOWAS Commission, with the support of the EPSAO project, finalize and publish the validated documents; that the validated simplified CFR should be further adapted at Member State level, including language simplification and translation into local languages, for popularisation; and that summary versions of the validated simplified CRF should be prepared, to serve as an aide-memoire when advocating with policy makers in Member States.
Workshop participants include ECOWAS Commission staff from the Human Development and Social Affairs Departments; political affairs, peace and security, WPS focal points from Member States and selected independent gender and WPS professionals.
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