February 2014 - ECCAS in partnership with CPS-AVIP have organised in N'Djamena, Republic of Chad, a workshop to develop a pool of trainers / instructors with abilities to inform, sensitise and mobilise stakeholders to combat violence against women in armed conflict and particularly the illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons in the sub-region of central Africa. The workshop was organised under the European Union Support Programme to ECCAS on Peace and Security (PAPS II).
The situation of tense conflict experienced by the majority of Central African States in recent decades has led to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and a sustainable installation of armed violence in many provinces and cities of the sub-region. This circumstance of armed violence which permanently open and latent is the root of many serious violations of human rights and constitute a serious obstacle to economic and social development.
The workshop has trained a group of 25 leaders of Chad predominantly composed of women representing civil society organisations, institutions promoting women, defense and justice. Women had the privilege to enhance their understanding on the problematic of armed violence, international and regional instruments designed to protect women from violence and how women can play a pro-active role in violence prevention.
The workshop was led by Ms. Achta AHMED Sene, Expert Civil Society of ECCAS, Ms. Nounou Booto Meeti of CPS - AVIP and Ms. Thérèse Mékombé of Association of Women Lawyers.