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UN holds peace training meetings for female West African leaders

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Summary of story from UN News Centre, October 3, 2011

Thirty-two women leaders from 16 West African countries are meeting in Saly, Senegal this week to to attend a series of United Nations-backed training sessions aiming to boost the participation of female mediators in peace processes across the region.

The UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and UN Women have said that the five-day training meeting aims to increase participants’ knowledge and mediation skills, as well as strengthen their advocacy, negotiation and peace agreements implementation techniques.

This is the second in a series of three training meetings, each one focusing on different mediation areas that will prepare women to effectively intervene in the resolution of conflicts and contribute to peace and stability across the region.

The first session was held in Abuja, Nigeria in July 2011 and the last session is scheduled for November 2011.

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