The African Renaissance Statue in Senegal, Africa.
Ms. Bineta Diop of Senegal is the Executive Director and founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS). She began her international career in human rights 27 years ago as Programme Coordinator of the International Commission of Jurists, where she obtained extensive experience in human rights issues not only in Africa but also in Asia and Latin America. Ms. Diop has led Femmes Africa Solidarité in numerous peace-building programmes, including the creation of a strong West African women’s movement, the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET). In December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly awarded MARWOPNET the UN Prize in the field of Human Rights.
Diop has observed elections in post-conflict areas such as Liberia and facilitated peace talks, particularly for Burundian and Congolese women. As a member of the African Union Women Committee for Peace and Development (AWCPD), Ms. Diop played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union Commission in 2003. These efforts culminated in July of 2004 as the AU took ownership of the gender-mainstreaming programme at the highest level, adopting the “Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa.”
To strengthen these programmes, Ms. Diop is mobilizing all her efforts in building a Pan African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development in Dakar, Senegal. This centre of excellence will serve as a hub for building African leadership with a focus on gender and peaceful resolution of conflicts. The centre’s first program was launched in May 2005 with an African Gender Forum followed by the first African Gender Awards presented to President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. Diop has received many awards from women groups such as Mano River Women Peace Network, the West African Women Association Award in 2005 as well as the Leadership and Good Governance Award from the International Women Federation for World Peace.
Ms. Diop has been elected as Vice-President of the African Union Women’s Committee, and chairs the United Nations Working Group on Peace in Geneva, which is part of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women monitoring the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. She also serves as a member of the Group of International Advisors to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).(—source)
Nouadhibou — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise continues its protest against European factory trawlers that are overfishing West African waters and putting at risk the future of local coastal communities. Today’s protest is happening as West African politicians become more outspoken against the risk of foreign fishing vessels fishing away African fish.
With a huge 10 by 30 meter traffic sign reading “dead end” and hanging down from a helicopter dwarfed by the 143 meter long super trawler Willem van der Zwan, Greenpeace protests against the lack of progress in Europe to effectively tackle the bloated and way too efficient European fishing fleet
Rather than decommissioning it’s excess of fishing vessels, the EU allows some of the biggest vessels to plunder the waters of poor countries.
Earlier in March, European ministers met in Brussels to address the impact of industrial trawlers like the Willem van der Zwan in foreign waters, but they failed to recognize that the root of the problem is the fleet’s excessive size and capacity to catch large quantities of fish that cannot naturally be replenished (1).
“Ministers meeting in Brussels in March once again dodged the problem of fleet capacity. Unless this issue is tackled head on, European trawlers will be allowed to suck the life out of every corner of the ocean, affecting the livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries.” said Pavel Klinckhamers, oceans campaigner onboard the Arctic Sunrise. “Super-sized European trawlers like the Willem van der Zwan will continue to plunder the world’s oceans and European governments have so far been blind to the critical imbalance between the bloated size of the fleet and dwindling stocks” added Klinckhamers.
The EU fishing fleet catches about 1.2 million tonnes of fish per year outside European waters - almost one quarter of its total catch. There are about 300 vessels from 14 EU countries with fishing interests in foreign countries. Increasingly, EU fishing vessels compete with local fishermen of foreign coastal states in developing countries.
While European ministers fail to address the problem of overcapacity, newly elected Senegalese president Macky Sall used his first official message to the nation to address the poor state of the Senegalese fishing sector and the urgency to act. One of the main concerns he mentioned, was the authorization of fishing licenses to foreign vessels. Although the EU has terminated the fishing agreement with Senegal in 2006, Greenpeace has been able to spot several European vessels fishing in Senegalese waters operating under dodgy arrangements.
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