Media Advisory

09 August 2016

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host the Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making

In honour of Women’s Month, the media are invited to the Gertrude Shope Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making themed: “Women in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building.” The event will take place on 11-12 August 2016 at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

The Dialogue Forum will consist of three Discussion Panels related to the Nordic, African and South African experiences in peace-building, followed by a graduation ceremony of the Women’s Capacity Building Training Programme on Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation. Sixty women have undergone this training which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will address the opening of the Forum on 11 August. The Minister will also deliver a statement entitled: “60 years of leadership: The role of women moving South Africa, Africa and the world forward," on 12 August 2016.

Media are invited as follows:

Date: 11-12 August 2016

Time: 08h30

Venue: Conference Room 1, Department of International Relations and Cooperation  (DIRCO), 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria, 0084

RSVP: Patience Mtshali, mtshalip@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

Programme:

THURSDAY, 11 AUGUST 2016

Round Table Discussion 1 (09:00-12:00)
The Nordic Experience of Women in Peace Building

Venue: Conference 1

08:30 – 09:00: Arrival – Registration and Tea/Coffee

09:00 – 09:10: Opening and Word of Welcome by Programme Director, Ambassador M Joyini Deputy Director-General: Branch: Diplomatic Training, Research and Development (DTRD)

09:10 – 09:30: Introduction to the Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-making in Africa

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, Department of International Relations and Cooperation

09:30 – 09:45: Women in Peace Building – The Nordic Women Mediators Forum and Norway’s Experience in Myanmar

Ambassador Katja Nordgaard, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

09:45 – 10:00: The Swedish Approach to Women and Peace Building

Ambassador Lena Sundh

10:00 – 10:45: Peace building and the role of women: A Finnish Case Study

Ms Johanna Poutanen

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee and Tea

11:15 – 11:30: The Role of Women in Peace Building – Norway’s Experience in Colombia

Ambassador Gry Larsen, Secretary General, CARE Norway

11:30 – 12:00: Open Discussion

12:00 – 12:15: Closing Remarks

Ms JY Maya: Deputy Director-General: Branch: Americas and Europe, DIRCO

13:00: Lunch

Round Table Discussion 2 (13:30-16:45)
The African Experience of Women in Peace Building

Venue: Conference 1

12:30 – 13:30: Arrival – Registration and Tea/Coffee

13:30 – 13:45: Opening and Word of Welcome by Programme Director

Ambassador M Nkosi, Chief Operations Officer (COO), DIRCO

13:45 – 14:00: South Africa’s Role in Peacekeeping

Minister NM Mapisa-Nqakula, Department of Defence and Military Veterans

14:00 – 14:10: Women and the African Agenda 2063

Mme Assetou Koite, President of the Pan African Women’s Organisation

14:10 – 14:20: The Role of Women in Peace Building: Somalia’s Experience

Dr Maryam Qasim Ahmed, Former Minister of Women Affairs and Minister Social Development) of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia

14:20 – 14:30: The Role of Women in Peace Building: South Sudan’s Experience

Speaker

14:30 – 14:45: Coffee and Tea

14:45 – 14:55: The Role of Women in Peace Building: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Experience

Speaker

14:55 – 15:05: The Role of Women in Peace Building: Burundi’s Experience

Mrs Mediatrice Barengayabo, Alma Parens Center for Peace and Socio-Economic Development

15:30 – 16:30: Open Discussion

16:30 – 16:45: Closing Remarks

Mr EX Makaya: Deputy Director-General: Africa, DIRCO

FRIDAY, 12 AUGUST 2016

Round Table Discussion 3 (08:30-12:10)
The South African Experience of Women in Peace Building

Venue: Conference 1

08:30 – 09:00: Arrival – Registration and Tea/Coffee

09:00 – 09:10: Opening and Word of Welcome by Programme Director

Ms C Lobe: Chief Director: Transformation Programmes and Organisational Development

09:10 – 09:30: The Status of Women in the South African Economy

Minister S Shabangu, Department of Women

09:30 – 09:50: Conflict Resolution: Violence against Women and Children

Minister B Dlamini, Department of Social Development

09:50 – 10:05: The Role of UN Women in South Africa

Ms A Githuku-Shongwe, Representative: UN Women

10:05 – 10:20: The Role of Men in Gender Equality

Chairperson: Mr M Shozi, Commission for Gender Equality

10:20 – 10:45: Coffee and Tea

10:45 – 11:00: Empowering Women in Society

Ms Mandisa Monakali, Executive Director, Ilitha Labantu

11:00 – 11:15: Women in Development

Deputy Minister NC Mfeketo, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa

11:15 – 12:00: Open Discussion

12:00 – 12:10: Closing of the Panel on South Africa

Ms C Lobe

Graduation of the Capacity Building Programme for Women on Conflict resolution and Negotiation (12:30-13:35)

Venue: Conference 1

12:30 – 12:40: Graduation Ceremony Introductions

Ambassador M Joyini, Deputy Director-General: Branch: Diplomatic Training, Research and Development (DTRD), DIRCO

12:40 – 12:55: 60 Years of Leadership: The Role of Women Moving South Africa, Africa and the World Forward

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, Department of International Relations and Cooperation

12:55 – 13:10: Inspiring Women a New generation of Women Leaders

Ma G Shope

13:10 – 13:20: Graduation

13:20 – 13:30: Address by a Representative of the Graduation Group

13:30 – 13:35: Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks

Mr KE Mahoai, Acting Director-General, DIRCO

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

 

 




 

 

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