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Resolution 1325, The thriving twenty. Ambassador Liberata Mulamula

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, is a Tanzanian experienced diplomat who served as the first Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) from 2006 to 2011. She also held various positions including being the Tanzanian Ambassador to the United States. She is a very active person, bringing her know-how and experience to the service of his country and the Great Lakes region.

Her career path has exposed her to both interstate and intrastate conflicts.  Her country, Tanzania, has played an extraordinary role in conflict resolution in the Great Lakes Region and beyond.  Hence, she spent her early diplomatic career in the field of peace building, promoting dialog and mediation in the search for negotiated settlements.  During her career, she participated in a number of intractable peace negotiations in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, leading to the signing of Peace Agreements.

 According to Liberata Mulamula, the rewarding experience was to see the active engagement of the women, the youth and the civil society participating in the ICGLR programs with Government representatives at all levels and the unity of purpose demonstrated by all actors, the UN, the AU and partners, in achieving the common objectives for peace, security and stability in the Great Lakes region.  Amb.  Mulamula works tirelessly for sustainable change, improving women’s rights throughout the region, where women have very important role to play in reducing violence in which they are both victims and stakeholders.  She told INGOMAG that « Women’s participation and their involvement at all levels contribute to ensuring prevention, protection and effective enforcement of security measures for the safety and well-being of the communities. Women are ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground for early warning and prevention. As the late President Mandela put it, « as long as a nation refuses to acknowledge the equal role of more than half of its itself, it is doomed to failure. »  that « . To contribute to the civilian approach to security, Ambassador Mulamula considers that ‘’Women are part of the civil society and, therefore, in the forefront and at the center of the peace and security agenda, from the grassroots to the national level.  They have a role in the strengthening of security measures such as being whistle blowers of suspected perpetrators of violence, participation in community-based vigilance and sensitization programs for enhanced security; ensuring food security and improving livelihoods, taking preventive measures against youth radicalization and reporting cases of sexual and gender-based violence, among other things. »

She calls upon the guarantors of the framework agreement to strengthen the capacities of women entrepreneurs through providing various training programs in doing business, promoting cross bord trade and protection of women to do business in a safe environment She thinks that the guarantors C. the framework agreement are in a better position to strengthen women networks by enabling the networks sharing and documenting best practices and by making the women voices to be heard.

Mulamula’s opinion is that the innovative approaches to be recommended to promote the objectives of Women, peace and security in the Great Lakes region include embracing unity technology, effective use of social media to put pressure on policy makers and political leaders in ensuring women effective participation,  breaking silos, forming partnerships across a wide spectrum of actors and stakeholders including reaching out to non-traditional partners such as the private sector;  form coalitions and alliances with key national actors – parliaments, rotary clubs, community and traditional leaders, faith based with AU organizations, academic institutions, etc.  In addition, Ambassador Mulamula urges women leaders to better support young girls through mentorship, experience sharing, dialogue and training.  However, her most ardent wish on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325 is that « we don’t have to wait another 20 years before we see transformative change in women meaningful participation in peace and security as a fundamental human right ».

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