Over a thousand women leaders have descended onto Burundi’s commercial capital Bujumbura for the 3rd edition of the International Conference of Women Leaders.
According to organizers the three-day conference (22-24 October) is taking place at Hotel Club du Lac on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
The theme of this 3rd edition is “Woman of Destiny, get up, take courage and act because the consolidation of peace will concerns “. Other sub-themes state; “When we are united, everything is possible”, describing the dividends or the benefits of peace.
The International Conference of Women Leaders, CIFL , is among the legally recognized organizations in Burundi- it was founded in 2017 by Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza the wife of late President Pierre Nkurunziza.
“It seemed necessary and opportune to me that there be a Conference of Women Leaders from all over the world and from all socio-professional backgrounds to urge each other and together to become aware that we are women of destiny, that we We must stand up without fear and act because the building of Nations concerns us at the highest point,” Bucumi said.
This organization was officially launched on August 18 this year by the First Lady of Burundi Angéline Ndayishimiye.
The second edition was held last year between October 24-26 in Bujumbura, under the theme: “Women of Destiny, Rise, Take Courage and Act because peace building is about you. ”
These efforts are guided by a context that a woman has a transformative force and is able to contribute to the sustainable development of her immediate environment and her country and the world at large. Equipped with all these capacities, the involvement of women in the preservation and consolidation of peace makes possible family development, national unity, equity, justice, socio-political stability and sustainable development.
According to Bintou Keita the UN Under-Secretary-General for Africa who attended the second edition of this conference observed, “Enhancing the effective participation of women in peace-making and conflict prevention efforts is one of the major priorities of the United Nations and of the African Union.”
Meanwhile, under the African Union’s Agenda 2063 seeks to place women at the centre of continental deliberations, the AU reiterates Africa’s desire to tackle all the barriers that hinder the emancipation of women and girls and to strengthen their actions and rights in areas priorities such as education, health and participation in decision-making at all levels, economic empowerment, peace and security.