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CAUSE CANADA Regional Peace Building Conference, Freetown, 10-12 May, 2010

CAUSE CANADA Regional Peace Building Conference, Freetown, 10-12 May, 2010

Over 100 women and youth activists participated in a 3-day regional peace building conference organized by CAUSE CANADA in Freetown 10-12 May, 2010 in collaboration with civil society organizations from Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire and Sierra Leone. At the end of the conference, participants adopted the following resolutions as communique:

  • Enact laws that establish commissions on peace building as strategy in prioritizing peace building in the sub-region.
  • Reforms the judiciary system to make it independent and fair.
  • Guarantee unhindered and secured movement of people and goods in all parts of the country.
  • Ensure good governance and transparency in the management of public affairs and in the fight against institutionalized corruption.
  • Support the work of civil society organizations by providing institutional support and encouraging their inputs into decision-making in order to hold government more accountable.
  • Promote the culture of peace by incorporating human rights and democracy, peace education, conflict resolution in national education curriculums.
  • Translate and popularize the various human rights and gender declarations and laws in the different local languages and through other grass root strategies for the thorough understanding of the general public.
  • Increase literacy classes for women, particularly young women and encourage their participation in community development.
  • Enact laws for free and compulsory education for children up to 18 years.
  • Harmonize early marriage laws to outlaw marriage below 18 years.
  • Encourage maximum participants of women in decision-making at all level, at least 30%.
  • Domesticate Africa Youth Charter.
  • Enact and speed up the establishment of commissions for youths.
  • Encourage participation of youths in all political structures, at least 10%.
  • Identify and reward outstanding youths for academic excellence, innovations and entrepreneurship.
  • Establish commissions for persons with disability and enforce laws that protect and promote their rights and interests.
  • Improve research and documentation to enhance information dissemination among civil society organizations and other stake holders.
  • Enact and support the establishment of independent media commissions that monitors and guides media operations.
  • Establish interface structures between civil society organizations and the media, with media plan in the implementation of projects.
  • Religious and traditional leaders should promote the implementation of gender and youth policies and programmes.

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