The WILPF movement continues to grow with the formation of a new Group: WILPF Guinea.
With a current membership of 11 feminists and counting, WILPF Guinea was created to advance the shared conviction of Group members in the urgent need for feminist peace. The founding members decided to combine and formalize their personal efforts after discovering WILPF through a workshop led by Sylvie Ndongmo, regional representative of WILPF Africa.
“We have been impressed with the size and history of WILPF,” said newly elected President of WILPF Guinea, Mabinty Soumah. “The values and objectives advocated by the organization made us aware of the importance for our country of belonging to such a group.
The need to advance a future of feminist peace in Guinea is great.
Located in West Africa, Guinea faces various political, social and economic crises. In 2021, the military overthrew the government and jailed the outgoing president, Alpha Condé. In addition,55% of the Guinean population out of 13.4 million people live in poverty, 24.4% of children under five are stunted, and 47 percent of women are married before the age of 18 – realities that pose significant threats to the human rights of people across the country.
However, progress is underway to meet Guinea’s challenges: the Ministry of Human Rights, inactive for six years, has been re-established. Gender concerns are also taken into account and efforts to promote gender equality are on the rise.
But, as WILPF Guinea members note, there is still important work to be done to achieve equality for all in Guinea and ensure the full representation of women in the country’s political and peace processes.
Collaborate for peace
The founding members of WILPF Guinea share a goal of establishing a culture of cooperation and unity throughout Guinea by engaging every member of society with their vision of feminist peace. As Soumah says, “An approach is needed to enable us to create corridors of collaboration.”
Given the socio-political realities of Guinea, WILPF Guinea will focus on political education, advocacy with traditional chiefs and leaders and monitoring of electoral processes among political actors and their activists.
In this period of transition, Soumah says it is important to follow the evolution of the current political situation in the country. In this context, it is also important to note that there is a certain enthusiasm of the population for the current leadership of Guinea.
To advance its efforts, the Group will endeavor to create cooperation frameworks that will allow WILPF Guinea to forge close links with the institutions of the Republic, the services in charge of equity and equality, the organizations of female civil society and international development partners.
In addition, the Group wishes to attract and involve various members of the community in this work. To engage Guineans from all walks of life, Cooperation Frameworks will enable people to contribute to the common cause of peace and the Group’s vision – a peaceful Guinea where a culture of cooperation helps achieve feminist goals.
By establishing this culture of cooperation, the Group wants to help build a stronger and more united society in a country with 24 ethnicities and promote the idea of feminist peace.
Soumah affirms that the engagement of young people will be the key to the continuation of their program by the Group.
“For safe and inclusive communities, it is necessary to foster the engagement of young people,” she said. “In thinking about how to involve young people in our work, we intend to focus on consultation and capacity building. “
WILPF Guinea also aims to promote peace in the region by initiating consultations and conducting awareness-raising campaigns, emphasizing the engagement of young people and traditional authorities, on issues of political citizenship and peaceful resolution of conflicts. conflicts at the community level. In particular, these awareness campaigns aim to educate young people to counter language glorifying violence and hatred.
A long-term vision for a country in transition
In ten years, according to the Group’s visions, Guinea should be a country where more women are involved in the peaceful resolution of conflicts, a responsible and peaceful political youth is engaged and promoted, a national women’s media committee is set up. place and effective parity in body decision-making is achieved.
In an uncertain and unstable socio-political context, these first steps and the vision to which the Group aspires are already positive signs of a promising future.
Welcome to our new members in the WILPF community!
If you would like to get in touch with WILPF Guinea, you can say hello by sending an email to [email protected] We would like to thank Mabinty Soumah and the entire WILPF Guinea group for helping us write this article .