Before even we begin with peace building we must first understand what is conflict post conflict Reconstruction and peace building,
Conflict has been defined by scholars in different versions one being:
a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.
a state of mind in which a person experiences a clash of opposing feelings or needs.
a serious incompatibility between two or more opinions, principles, or interests.
without proper conflict resolution it can lead to full blown war, it is better for us not to underestimate existing conflict even though how small it is. and each of us play a particular role in an existing conflict even though if you are not involved directly, and it is our duty to understand it before it escalates. and like i said even if you are not involved directly you exists as a third party.
talking about Africa for long it has experienced countless violence that ussually leads to full blown war and ussually caused by struggle for power and distribution of Resources,
good examples are:
Tanzania and Uganda
The Uganda–Tanzania War, known in Tanzania as the Kagera War and in Uganda as the 1979 Liberation War, was fought between Uganda and Tanzania from October 1978 until June 1979, and led to the overthrow of Idi Amin’s regime. Idi Amin’s forces included thousands of troops sent by Libya.
The Second Libyan Civil War is an ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya. The conflict at the beginning was mostly between the House of Representatives (HoR) government that was controversially elected in 2014, also known as the “Tobruk government”; and the rival General National Congress (GNC) government, also called the “National Salvation Government“, based in the capital Tripoli, established after Operation Odyssey Dawn and the failed military coup. (source Wikipedia)
The South Sudanese Civil War is an ongoing conflict in South Sudan between forces of the government and opposition forces. In December 2013, President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup d’état. (source Wikipedia)
just to mention but few.
we all believe and know that conflicts dont ussually end well and the most affected are women and children,
women have capacity for both violence and peace, women must be encouraged to bring their unique insights and gifts to the process of peacebuilding. in the process of peacebuilding different stakeholders and organisations should come together and create a platform which is neautral ground for both affected countries and individuals a safe zone where they can share their experience and mostly include the youths and women for the women are affected the most.
women play a key role in preserving order and normally in the midst of chaos and destruction as a result of usolved conflict, in times of war women when men engage in war and most of them die or others take refuge in other countries, it is women who are left with the burden of ensuring family livelyhood.
women struggle to protect their families and provide safety a task which rests on their abilities to cope with and adversity.
to be continued…