CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER CAPACITY- BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATION.

Two officers namely Mr. Leshapa Ts’osane (Principal Investigator) and Ms. Bonang Mokhele (Chief Public Relations Officer) were nominated to attend a three day workshop which was hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The workshop had five key objectives:

  1. To build and strengthen the knowledge and skills of the participants of the concepts of peace, conflict, human rights, and conflict management, and to build their peacebuilding, mediation, and conflict resolution skills in order to enhance their abilities to implement their mandates;
  2. To explore the specific challenges which participant NHRIs and civil society actors currently face in building peaceful communities in their respective contexts and in their work more generally, with a view to sharing solutions to particular human rights challenges and providing technical conflict resolution assistance;
  3. To explore the roles that participating institutions play in resolving conflicts, reducing the potential for conflict and building peaceful communities and societies through case studies and examples from participating NHRIs previously trained by CCR, with a view to sharing key lessons learned;
  4. To incorporate gender perspectives into conflict resolution, peacebuilding and human rights work, and to explore the practical application of this lens for the day-to-day work of NHRIs; and
  5. To identify ways of using the institutional frameworks of NHRIs to build the inclusion of women into peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction efforts.

In conclusion the workshop provided a platform to share comparative national and sub-regional experiences. Participants discussed the roles that African NHRIs can play in building peace in countries experiencing or emerging from violent conflict. The workshop improved the knowledge of participants of conflict, peace and peacebuilding. It imparted knowledge and skills of conflict management, resolution, and mediation; and highlighted the importance of incorporating a gender perspective into peacebuilding, conflict management and human rights work.