"Women, who know the price of conflict so well, are also often better equipped than men to prevent or resolve it."
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, in an address on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2000
Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) has learned from its extensive experience in Africa that women's potential contribution to durable peace has yet to be fully recognized. The proportion of women involved in negotiations for the prevention or resolution of conflict is extremely low, even though women play a significant role in the reconstruction and transformation of war-torn areas.
FAS works to support women and women's groups throughout the whole peace process, ensuring that they are involved at every level so that their needs and priorities are taken into consideration. Its work focuses for the most part in the Mano River region (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda), where it supports grassroots groups and frontline activities.
FAS's work is divided into various stages: