Thursday, October 11, 2007

Kadie Kandeh: Profile of Intern Host Organization

Internship at the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET)

Means Mano River Women’s Peace Network. Network
of women’s organizations working towards durable peace within the Mano River Sub-region and beyond. The Mano River Women’s Peace Network is rooted in the joint peace initiative of May 2000 by Women of Mano River countries Guinea , Liberia and Sierra Leone . This initiative taken to mainstream women ‘s voices in the search for sub-regional peace and security continues to perform creditably in peace advocacy, conflict prevention, management and resolution, reconciliation processes, peace building and Human Rights promotion.

Division of a sub-region that is peaceful and prosperous inhabited by citizens who are
healthy, educated, live in unity and enjoying all their human rights including equity and equality with women playing an effective role in peace and sustainable
development processes within the sub-region, Africa and the World.

Mission of MARWOPNET
The mission of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network is to advocate for and promote
at all decision-making levels the prevention, management and resolution of conflict in the Mano River sub-region, throughout Africa and the world, to serve as a catalyst through which sustainable peace,
human security gender responsive polices and building women’s/girls capacity for socio-economic, political empowerment and human development for all.

Goals and Objectives of MARWOPNET
- Establish a better understanding of the mechanisms of peace, security and development at all levels and reinforce women’s participation in conflict prevention and management and the restoration of peace.
- Assure the full and equal participation of women in the democratic process,particularly in the decision
– making structures related to peace and development and facilitate the conception and implementation of gender-sensitive programs and policies.
- Mobilize women’s groups and organizations and reinforce their capacity in conflict prevent, management and resolution.
- Raise awareness amongst women’s group and organization on various issues fundamental to reaching a sustainable peace, such as respect for human rights, democracy, gender equality and development.
- Develop a larger union amongst women of the Mano River region united by the common goal of peace and create solidarity and partnership network with women’s organizations working for peace and other similar initiations. These include African women’s committee for peace, and the African women’s federation of peace Network
- Promote and develop MARWOPNET’s role as an instrumental player in the peace and reconciliation process in the sub-region.
- Create a roster of women professional and experts in the Mano River Union countries from different sectors of society of whose expertise will serve nations and international institutions.