The Chairman of the Western Regional Peace Council,Reverend John Ernest Kwofie has tasked women to be ambassadors of peace in their Communities to ensure peace in the country.
He said women could either be victims of conflicts or agents of peace building and should therefore play active roles towards Sustainable peace.
Rev. Kwofie said this at the opening of a two-day training workshop for women in the Shama District of the Western Region on the theme,”Increasing the voices, participation and inclusion of women for conflict prevention, before, during and after election 2020″.
The workshop, organised by the National Peace Council with funding from the Canadian Embassy is to among others increase the voices, participation and inclusion of women in conflict prevention before, during and after the 2020 election.
Rev Kwofie noted that women mostly averted conflicts and were responsible for resolving conflicts and played key roles in bridging divisions and acting as mediators.
“The cases of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia civil wars, for instance show some of the different ways in which women have been involved in peace process”.
Rev Kwofie pointed out that the inclusion of women did not only mean promoting their participation in formal settings, but also to recognise where they impacted, through nformal structures such as their families.
“To effectively play this role, there is the need for the capacities of women to be built in conflict prevention and response strategies”.
The Council Chairman reminded the women of the upcoming district elections and urged them to let what they learnt to reflect in their day to day activities.
Dr Enyonam C Kudonoo, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, who facilitated the workshop, pointed out that positive communication could minimise conflict situations and urged the participants to endeavour to engage in positive communications.
She urged them to avoid using intemperate language, but rather use words that built best worlds, adding “use words to build the comfortable world you want to live in”.
Dr Enyonam urged them to impact positively in society through what they learnt to manage conflicts in the society.
The participants were taken through types, factors and causes of conflicts, violence, conflict escalation, conflict de-escalation, non- violent communication, Dialogue and conflict management and response