The violent conflicts that are ravaging Africa constitute major social and political challenges in all the countries of Africa. Apart from the different constellations of conflicts, they have a common element, bad governance and corruption representing a major cause of insecurity and threat to peace.

In this context of threat to security and peace, the Network of Women Leaders for Development assumes a key role in the region. When it was created, it was endowed by its founding members with a priority objective with regard to peace in Africa: the promotion of peace and security through high-impact actions. The activities of the Network of Women Leaders for Development mainly cover the areas of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, taking enforcement action and promoting peacemaking. And this, by means of various community initiatives.

To therefore guarantee full effectiveness for its initiatives, it is essential that the actions of these initiatives follow one another or that they are established simultaneously. It will be impossible to claim to promote peace and sustainable development without a political dialogue on good governance between political powers and civil society organizations.

Through regular meetings (online and face-to-face) and workshops, the Network of Women Leaders for Development provides participants with a forum to express their views and find consensus on difficult issues that set in motion peace. On this aspect, the RFLD through its innovative strategies approaches the notion of security and peace from a much broader angle.

It makes recommendations through the voice of advocacy. Resolutions arising from important workshop issues such as the promotion of peace and the empowerment of women require a majority. For the RFLD, the surest and most important way to prevent conflicts is to use the good offices of advocacy. For years, the actions undertaken by the Network of Women Leaders for Development in favor of peace and security have played a key role on several levels. For example, they have helped to build the capacity of young people at the national level and to develop key tools to promote implementation.

These actions have resulted in strong commitments and action from many young people and from some political actors at the local level.