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25 January 2021 (Entebbe, Uganda): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Women, Peace and Security Forum (IWPSF) this morning started a three day board meeting in Entebbe city, Uganda with an objective to discuss the full operationalization of the forum.

The 3-day board technical meeting will also discuss and expected to achieve the below; a) major developments in the operationalization of the Forum; b) adopt the planned 2021 activities and c) adopt the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the Forum to mention but a few.

The IGAD Women, Peace and Security Forum (IWPSF) was launched in 2013 and it was agreed that a Women and Peace Forum Board that comprises of three members from each IGAD Member State represent the Executive, the Legislature and the Civil Society. The IGAD Secretariat was also tasked to develop a strategic plan and financing plan for the operationalization of the IWPSF.

The IWPSF board in cooperation with the IGAD Secretariat, IGAD Member States, the AUC and UN Agencies, wherever practicable, taps available resources and abilities in developing ways and means through which to affirm the role of intercultural cooperation in attaining a just and sustainable peace.

IGAD has for nearly two decades consistently promoted Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) in the region. There has been significant progresses especially in the women in Peace and Security area since IGAD focused on implementing Regional, Continental and Global instruments to this end.

The meeting is funded by the European Union through the IPPSHAR Programme.

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