Final Declaration Of The High-Level International Conference On “10 Years Of Peace Building By Women, For Women And All” Held In Kinshasa From 4 To 5 December 2017

Kind of Resource: 
Statement - General Assembly
Congo (Kinshasa)

(Version in French is available here>>)

Gathered by the section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in the DRC, the conference titled "10 years of Peacebuilding by Women, for Women and for All" was held in Kinshasa, Royal Hotel, from 4 to 5 December 2017. 

The representatives of WILPF Africa (South Africa, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo), the diaspora of Belgium, civil society organisations in the DRC, along with the representatives of WILPF Sweden and WILPF International, attended the conference.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the representative of the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children, in the presence of the personal representative of the Head of State in charge of addressing sexual violence, the representative of the Minister of Human Rights, the Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights, the representative of UN Women, the Gender Focal Point of DRC Arm Forces and the representatives of public enterprises.

After the conference, we, women and activists for peace and freedom,

  • Considering the historic commitment of women to peace and safety of women and girls since the creation of WILPF in 1915,
  • Noting that the number of armed conflicts is increasing in the world, including in Africa and in the DRC, with their negative impact on the population, especially women and children,
  • Considering low levels of women’s participation in decision-making bodies,
  • Considering the weak economic power of women,
  • Considering the low capacity of women's organisations working for the promotion of the rights of women and girls,
  • Concerned about the future of our respective nations,
  • Committed for peace and freedom in the world;


1 - The United Nations to:

a) Encourage Member States to move the money that finances war towards peace, including inclusive and sustainable development programs that promote gender equity in countries in search of peace;

b) Further support the efforts of women working for peace;

c) Ask Member States to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000);

2 - Member States to:

a) Take all necessary measures to adopt, revise or implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), as well as the Arms Trade Treaty and other instruments to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons;

b) Involve women and youth in all research and peacebuilding work;

c) Revise upwards national budgets allocated to education, health and rural development;

d) Respect the basic principles of democratic governance;

e) Ensure women’s participation in the electoral processes;

f) Take necessary measures to prevent and fight against harmful effects of climate change on the populations;

3 - Civil Society Organisations to:

a) Include in their agenda programmes for structural capacity building;

b) Ensure respect for legal norms endorsed for the rights of women and other vulnerable persons;

c) Ensure respect for the principles of democratic governance by leaders for the political stability, which guarantees peace and a sustainable development;

 4 - Political party leaders to:

a) Develop and run gender programmes within their political parties, to strengthen the capacities of activists and promote their political promotion.



                      Done in Kinshasa on December 05, 2017