The G40 is a group of 40 women from diverse professions including teachers, humanitarian workers, lawyers, grassroots peace activists, researchers, political scientists, business professionals, historians, social workers, human rights activists and journalists from across the Horn of Africa.
The group emerged as a result of a three year project `Women´s Leadership for Peace and Security in the Greater Horn of Africa´ an initiative led by Club de Madrid in partnership with Institute of Security Studies (ISS), ISIS Women´s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WCCIE) & Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA).
Launched in 2009, the principle objective of this 36 month project was to maximise the participation and contribution of women in national and regional peace and security decision-making and political dialogue in the Greater Horn of Africa, with particular focus on the following countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Central, Puntland and Somaliland (Somalia), Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
Over the course of three years, the project brought together these women (known as G40) in a series of ten high-level missions across the Horn of Africa, with the aim of strengthening women´s role and participation in decision making processes related to peace and security. Using UNSCR Resolution 1325 as the foundation, the missions provided chances for the G40 to dialogue with regional, national and international institutions and governments (AU, IGAD, EU & UN) on the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.
Now in a position to act independently, the G40 has gained recognition both regionally and internationally as a grassroots collective with new and inclusive visions of mediation and geopolitical decision making.
Since its inception in 2009, the G40´s achievements include:
- Engaging in public awareness activities for 2010 Sudanese elections
- Consulting with the Somali draft Constitution Committee
- Mainstreaming UNSCR 1325 at Northern Uganda Peace Recovery and Development Forum
- Helping to organize awareness raising programs for the 2010 Somaliland electoral process
- Engaging with high level officials in Djibouti
- Participating at local and national electoral processes as candidates
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