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Burundi: Conflict Resolution

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7407, tabled on 11 April 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to build the capacity of women in Burundi to engage in peace-building and reconciliation.

Answered on

20 April 2016

We are clear that women have an essential role in peace-building and reconciliation in Burundi.

The UK supports Interpeace and the Conflict Alert and Prevention Centre (Interpeace's Burundian implementing partner) in delivering a peace-building programme, contributing £170,000 in 2015/16. Interpeace’s community peace-building dialogue groups are made up of at least 30 per cent women. The UK is also one of the top four donors to the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI). GAI was launched at the Women in Peace and Security High Level Review in 2015 and is funding the project ‘Women for Peace and Dialogue’ in Burundi.

The UK will continue to look for opportunities to promote the active participation of women in peace-building and reconciliation discussions through political and/or financial support. We will also provide support to ensure women’s voices are represented in wider peace processes, negotiations and state building, including at local levels.