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In the Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) vision, each and every African woman can play a role in conflict prevention and resolution, and peacebuilding, contributing to peace in Africa while improving their own lives at the same time.
FAS recognizes that women are disproportionately affected by violent conflicts. However, rather than perceiving women only as passive victims, FAS acknowledges that women are also active civil society agents with skills, strengths, and the potential to bring about positive change for their own countries and themselves, and beyond.
With this vision in mind, FAS primary mission is to empower African women to assume a leadership role in building peace.
Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), created by African women leaders, without racial or religious agenda using international instruments such as the UN Resolution 1325 as its main conceptual framework for guiding its programmes.
A lot of international and African organizations are intervening on women's issues in Africa but very few of them have FAS capacity to support women's effective role on conflict prevention and peace building in Africa at the national, sub-regional, regional and international levels. FAS has both the networks and the experience needed.
The four main objectives of FAS are:
- Fostering, supporting and promoting women's initiatives in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa, and for the respect of their rights;
- Strengthening women's leadership capacity, including at the grassroots, to restore and maintain peace in their countries;
- Engendering policies, structures, programmes and the peace process for the attainment of durable peace and human security in Africa;
- Advocating at the national, regional and international levels for African women's rights and concerns, and their critical role in issues of peace and security