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African Peace and Security Annual Conference – APSACO : Women, Peace & Security in Africa

Rachid El Houdaigui | September 13, 2021

The fifth African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO) was held from June 21-23, 2021, under the theme ‘Women, Peace, and Security in Africa’. The three- day event, hosted and organized by the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), was composed of four panels and three workshops: • Panel 1: Bolstering Women’s Role in Conflict Prevention and Resolution • Panel 2: Integrating & Reinforcing The Gender Dimension in Security and Defense • Panel 3: Understanding to Act Better: Different Roles of Women in combatting Violent Extremism • Panel 4: Reinforcing Women’s Presence and Participation in Peace Missions • Workshop 1: Index Presentation: Global Peace Index • Workshop 2: Report Presentation: ISIS Files • Workshop 3: Report Presentation: Annual Report on Africa’s Geopolitics As has become the trademark of PCNS conferences, APSACO brought together experts from different parts of the world, from various fields, and professions—from the military and political worlds to academia and civil society—to ensure a broad and fruitful conversation. This report presents and summarizes the chairs’ and speakers’ interventions and the main issues tackled during the conference.