Mano River women network in search for peace

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A nine-strong delegation from a peace network being set up by women across the Mano River (MARWOPNET), leave the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown for Monrovia, Liberia on Sunday as the movement makes its debut.
Official sources in Freetown said the Sierra Leonean delegation will join its counterparts from Guinea and Monrovia for the launch of the network coming up 6 June.
As the Sierra Leonean delegation made to leave, MARWOPNET executive Nana Pratt said the initiative was the result consultations among women representatives from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, facilitated by ECOWAS in conjunction with the African Women's Committee for peace and development, as well as the West African Women's Association.
Dr Pratt said the overall vision of MARWOPNET is to attain durable peace within and among the Mano River countries, with a view to laying a strong foundation for gender-responsive sustainable development.
Also sought is the establishment of a new social value system that would allow women equal access to decision-making structures, particularly in the sphere of peace and development.
The executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Lansana Kouyateh, is expected to attend Wednesday's launching ceremony.

02 june 2001 18:51:00




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