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Great Lakes women demand more active role in peace talks

Women-led groups in the African Great Lakes region are demanding a more active and integral role in on-going peace processes, a female activist has said.

Julienne Lusenge from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a member of the Women’s Platform for Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework backed by the UN.

As the head of a peace movement called SOFEPADI, she has braved death many times, fighting to stop violence against women in areas where armed groups operate.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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Ban highlights private-sector investment for potential to ‘transform’ Africa’s Great Lakes region

Although the succession of violence and suffering has sometimes prevented countries in the African Great Lakes from achieving their potential, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the hard-working people must be given more opportunities to use their abundant natural resources in order to address the root causes of conflict and ultimately transform the region.