Amplifying women’s voices to build peace in the Sahel

Paris Peace Forum
3 min readNov 3, 2020

By Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Around the world, women too often remain excluded from decision-making structures and processes, particularly in the male-dominated realm of security. This affects not only the women who are excluded, but also society at large which misses out on the opportunity to benefit from their experiences and perspectives. This trend is particularly acute in the Sahel region of West Africa, where women are traditionally excluded from the security sector, stifling their ability to contribute and depriving society at large of the acknowledged benefits of inclusive security governance.

Therefore, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) are proud to support the Women’s Leadership Program for Inclusive Security Governance in the Sahel (WLP; Programme de Leadership Féminin pour une Gouvernance Inclusive de la Sécurité dans le Sahel). This initiative, developed in partnership with the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), works to amplify the voices and boost the participation of civil society women in security governance in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. As Secretary General, it brings me great pride to lead an organization dedicated to elevating the voices of women and other marginalized groups — in the Sahel and globally.