The Vice-President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, H.E. Mrs. Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, played a significant role in the inauguration of the Permanent Secretariat of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM) on May 9, 2023. The inauguration ceremony took place in Abuja, Nigeria, coinciding with the 10th General Assembly of the AFLPM.
The AFLPM was established in 1995 as a platform to promote peace and harmony across Africa. Its creation followed the ‘Beijing Conference’ on women in Beijing, China. The initiative to embark on peace missions in Africa was spearheaded by the First Ladies of Nigeria, Gambia, Benin, Uganda, Lesotho, and Burundi.
After engaging in various regional activities, the official Declaration of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission was made in Harare, Zimbabwe, during the OAU Summit in 1996. This declaration marked a significant milestone in the mission’s commitment to advancing peace in the African continent.
During the inauguration of the AFLPM headquarters, a notable delegation was present, including twelve First Ladies from across Africa and representatives from the African Union. H.E. Mrs. Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, the Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, graced the occasion alongside the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, and the High Representative for Silencing the Guns, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
This event emphasized the dedication of African leaders to fostering peace and stability within the region. The establishment of a permanent headquarters for the AFLPM demonstrates a collective commitment to promoting peacebuilding initiatives and addressing conflicts in Africa. The presence of influential leaders and stakeholders from various African nations and organizations further strengthens the mission’s influence and reach.
For the most part, the inauguration of the AFLPM headquarters serves as a symbol of unity and collaboration among African First Ladies in their pursuit of peace. It provides a centralized platform for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, and developing strategies to address the challenges faced by their respective nations. By harnessing their collective power and influence, these leaders can amplify their impact and work towards a more peaceful and prosperous Africa.
As the AFLPM continues its mission, it is expected to play a vital role in promoting dialogue, reconciliation, and conflict resolution across the continent. By fostering partnerships and engaging with regional organizations like ECOWAS and the African Union, the AFLPM can work towards sustainable peace and stability in Africa.
In a nutshell, the inauguration of the AFLPM headquarters reaffirms Africa’s commitment to peace and underlines the integral role of First Ladies in driving positive change. It marks a new chapter in the mission’s journey towards a more harmonious and prosperous Africa.