Eastern African women denounce attacks in Kampala and call for peace in the region

14 July 2010

IANSA women in East Africa have issued this press release in response to the attacks in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 11 July 2010.

13 July 2010
The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI)

Following the bomb attacks in Kampala on July 11, 2010 where over 70 people lost lives and many more were injured, we the women of Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, gathered in Kampala and discussing peace and security in the Eastern African Sub-region, wish to express heartfelt condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones in this tragedy.

In our pursuit of peace, security and development we would like to first and foremost call upon all our sons in militant groups within the said countries to put down their arms and stop senseless attacks on innocent citizens.

Recognizing that 2010 has been declared the Year of Peace and Security in Africa by the African Union, we urge all the countries in the region to reiterate among their populations the need for peace and for brotherhood within the shared borders.

We call upon all peace initiatives taking place within and across our borders to ensure the full participation of women not only as observers but also as negotiators and mediators, in line with our governments’ commitment under the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This Resolution urges Member States of the UN to ensure increased representation of women at all levels of decision making in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.

We urge the use of existing traditional justice systems in peace building, conflict resolution and reconstruction processes in the region, and ensure measures that support local women’s peace initiatives and indigenous processes for conflict resolution, and that involve women in all of the implementation mechanisms of the peace agreements.

With this we call for PEACE in the region to ensure sustainable development and progress for our African brothers and sisters.

We, the women of: Burundi; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Rwanda; Somalia; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda.