Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) was created by Bineta Diop in 1996.The organization promotes and strengthens the role of women in the prevention and management of armed conflicts in Africa as well as in peace building. It takes on strong advocacy work as well as tirelessly continuing its efforts in the field.
Many experts have emphasized the role of African women in promoting peace on their continent. The FAS promotes the emergence of women capable of taking on such leadership roles. The FAS’s impact can be felt in several areas: through training programs, it develops women’s ability to organize themselves to better prevent conflicts; it intervenes directly in existing conflicts to allow belligerents to embark in a peace process; it creates organizations and programs to strengthen their own efforts; it influences governments and international organizations to promote women and peace.
The efforts of Bineta Diop and the FAS team have had a significant impact in promoting the role of women in peace-building, particularly through their work on UN resolutions 1325 and 1820. The role of FAS has also been recognized by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner of the United Nations for human rights.
The acknowledgement of women and their role in development policies and in conflict prevention is still insufficient. Rewarding an organization that works at different levels to emancipate African women and to expand their role in peacekeeping and economic development is an important development in the first years of the “Decade of the African Woman”, voted by the African Union in 2010.