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April 5, 2023 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The IGAD Peace and Security Division Concluded a 2-day experience sharing workshop in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. The workshop brought together Gender Experts from the Member States, providing a platform for discussions on National Action Plans (NAPs) and highlighting how the CRF (Continental Results Framework) of the African Union could be used to report on NAPs’ progress.

The objective of the experience-sharing workshop was to have a common understanding of NAPs as well as to ensure member states are informed of the CRF and its use in reporting on UNSCR 1325 commitments and avoiding repetitive reporting.

IGAD has constantly been working on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE), resulting in significant progress in the area of women in Peace and Security. Gender is identified as one of the priority cross-cutting policy themes to be mainstreamed in all institutional instruments, programmes, and undertakings at all levels.

During the two days, the experts were given an overview of The IGAD Gender Agenda in the Region, Implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in the IGAD region, and, The Continental Result Frameworks (CRF) as a tool for Tracking and Reporting progress made on the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Africa.

Moreover, being a platform for discussion, they deliberated and shared experiences on: Reporting Progress on the implementation of NAPS, Achievements, weaknesses, lessons learned, best practices and challenges, overcoming challenges and bolstering NAPs implementing processes on Monitoring, Data Collection and Reporting on the NAPS progress in their respective countries, and how IGAD Member States can use CRF to report on NAPs & UNSCR 1325 in general.

The workshop was conducted with financial support from the European Union through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) under the IPPSHAR Program.

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