Women at the Peace Table Yields Better Results. Why Is It Still So Rare?

Tell us some success stories of women being part of peace negotiations.

In the late ’90s, Northern Ireland had a separate women’s delegation, the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, at the table, negotiating on equal footing. In Liberia in 2003, it was women who mobilized, pressed for the peace talks to take place and challenged the warring parties. The peace agreement was finally signed, and women kept up the pressure for Liberia finally having a period of some stability. We know from the Philippines, if we have women-led groups monitoring the cease-fires, they are much more successful because they can see the problems, they can be preventive and people can trust them. More recently, we saw the importance of women’s participation in Colombia’s peace agreement, the text of which is one of the most inclusive and comprehensive agreements. The challenge there now is implementation.

We have examples of successes, but the

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COVID-19 outbreak at Oshawa wedding yields eight new cases so far

The Durham Region Health Department is urging guests and staff to come forward after an COVID-19 outbreak at a wedding at Oshawa’s Caribbean Cultural Centre on Sept. 19.

According to the department, about 50 guests and eight to 10 staff and volunteers were in attendance, resulting in eight positive cases of COVID-19 so far.

“It is very important that individuals who participated in this wedding contact us as soon as possible to allow Health Department staff to provide appropriate followup,” said Dr. Pepi McTavish, Durham region assistant medical officer of health, in a news release.

Two workplaces have also been contacted for further investigation.

Anyone who attended the event is encouraged to call the Health Department at 905-668-4113, ext. 2680.

Ann Marie Elpa

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