Fala di Mindjer
22 March 2018
Interpeace programme has a strong focus on promoting inclusive democratic governance and dialogue between citizens and institutions in key sectors. In the past years the programme focused on creating mechanisms and building capacities to empower citizens to monitor, evaluate and advocate for adequate public policies in the justice sector, and to integrate traditional justice into the justice sector through a peacebuilding lens. Between 2018 and 2020, the programme developed a participatory Barometer on justice governance in Guinea-Bissau giving citizens an instrument to demand changes to the justice system and making the government reflect on people expectations and needs in order to influence the reform process. The programme also works to promote the inclusion of women in decision making at different areas and levels, including at the institutional and political levels. In this framework, in 2018 Interpeace and Voz di Paz fostered a national dialogue and debate around the role of women in decision-making and published the report Fala di Mindjer (The Voices of Women) to highlight the barriers to women in decision-making. On the basis of this study, the programme worked with key people and organizations on strengthening advocacy and networking capacity to promote women’s participation in decision making with a conflict-sensitive and social cohesion lens. Leveraging the experience done in the field of women promotion, the programme is currently focusing on strengthening the role and leadership of young people enhancing their inclusion, and influence on the peacebuilding and democratic process in Guinea-Bissau. Since 2021, Interpeace and Voz di Paz have been working to reinforce youth capacity to act and influence public decision-making bodies allowing the dialogue with older generations, boosting their self-confidence and promoting new leadership models.
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