"This paper examines the challenges women’s groups have faced in peacebuilding in West Africa, predominantly using the experience of the Women Peace and Security Network –Africa (WIPSEN-Africa). The paper will share experiences of women in peacebuilding in West Africa and in line with the conference theme on ‘challenges of peacekeeping training in Africa’, will highlight the importance of women-only spaces and specialised capacity building training as pivotal to the empowerment of women and promotion of their peace activism. It will also look at some of the gender challenges faced by peacekeeping missions in Africa."