AWCPDAfrican Women Committee for Peace and Development
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The Summit further mandated the Commission to initiate a process aiming at operationalising the African Women Commission on Peace and Development (AWCPD), particularly its integration into the AU's structures.
Le Comite des femmes africaines pour la paix et le developpement (AWCPD) et l'organisation Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS) ont tenu une reunion strategique sur l'integration de genre dans l'Union africaine en juin 2002 a Durban (Afrique du Sud).
In 1998, the OAU, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission For Africa (UNECA) launched the AWCPD. The AWCPD was established as an autonomous advisory and consultative body to the Executive Secretary of the UNECA and the Secretary General of the OAU and through him, the Central Organization of the Mechanism and other policy organisations of the OAU/AU.
An independent assessment of the AWCPD, submitted to the AU and ECA in March 2003 shows the role that the AWCPD has played in lobbying for peace in conflict-ridden areas, in promoting greater involvement of women in the activities of the AU, including the organisation's role in getting the AU to adopt the principle of gender equality in its top structures, and a number of other areas.
The report referred to above highlights a number of shortcomings in the AWCPD's work, which may have contributed to its inability to achieve its objectives.
Another shortcoming presented in the report is that the two sponsoring organisations, and in particular the OAU, lacked a clear vision about how it wanted the AWCPD to function.
The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at strengthening the role of the AWCPD and giving a greater voice to African women in conflict situations.
To formalise linkages between the AU and the AWCPD;