Nomfundo Walaza talks about how we should look beyond the number of women in decision making, focusing instead on their impact. She also shares her thoughts on the importance of a national action plan for South Africa.
A s a member of the Institute for Inclusive Security’s Women Waging Peace Network, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela makes a strong connection between the greater women’s movements of South Africa and the international demand for women’s involvement in peace processes.
Pumla Gobodo- Madikizela describes how the women’s movement grew across racial divides during the early years of the Anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa.
In 1994, in order to address apartheid-era human rights abuses, the country created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Two important goals of the TRC were to grant amnesty to perpetrators of human rights abuses who disclosed the atrocities they committed and to break the country’s cycle of violence. Women played vital roles in the […]
Negotiating the Transition to Democracy and Reforming the Security Sector: The Vital Contributions of South African Women
In October 2000, for the first time in its history, the UN Security Council acknowledged that women have a key role in promoting international stability by passing Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. It called on all parties to ensure women’s participation in peace processes, from the prevention of conflict to negotiations and postwar […]