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February 21, 2008

Africa’s first ladies unite to fight for peace on the continent

Wives of African heads of state or their representatives have formed a conflict-resolution group in a bid to support initiatives to restore and strengthen peace on the continent.

The African Network of Women Peace Negotiators was created on 15 February in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, at the sixth conference of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, known by its French acronym MIPREDA, which was launched in 1997 in Nigeria to advocate for peace, stability and harmony in Africa.

"Brazzaville will be the starting point of action of women for peace on the continent," said the first lady of Chad, Hinda Déby Itno. The Chadian capital, N'djamena, came under heavy attack in early February by rebels bent on toppling the government of President Idriss Déby. Continue reading

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