African women remain Society's underprivileged, subjected to unequal treatment in resource allocation and the running of society. Within the context of active conflict and insecurity, women face abduction, rape and dislocation on a massive scale. women have been largely absent from peace processes despite a growing body of evidence that shows women offer unique contributions to making and keeping peace and that those contributions lead to better outcomes not just for women but entire societies. They raise issues of human rights, security, justice, employment, education and health care in peace negotiations that help societies reconcile, rebuild and achieve a just and lasting peace.. they often speak on behalf of marginalised groups and organise across cultural, religious and sectarian divides. Women are uniquely able to produce results in peace processes as their abilities to communicate, organise around causes, empathise, build trust and engage all sides fosters negotiation and compromise. women's economic and political participation has ripple effects that benefit the whole community as countries and economies with higher gender equality are more competitive, stable and prosperous.
This brings to the fore the importance of harnessing the great potential of women in peace building by enhancing their capacities to undertake more advocacies not only for their own development but for that of the entire African Continent