EU Seeks Women Participation In Peace and Security In Northern Nigeria

EU Seeks Women Participation In Peace and Security In Northern Nigeria

The European Union (EU) has clamoured for women participation in peace and security process in Northern Nigeria which is being ravaged by bandits in the Northwest and the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

Head of EU mission to Nigeria, Mr Ketil Karlsen, stated this while addressing the media during a programme organized by his mission in Abuja.

He said women are usually the most affected by violent conflicts but surprisingly are largely excluded from peace-building and conflict resolution processes due to factors like patriarchy, ignorance and other socio-cultural impediments.

Karlsen stated that the peace and security project seeks to empower women mentors who will participate in peace-building processes and transfer the knowledge gained to other women in their communities.

The objectives of the process include the enhancement of  a conducive environment for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 at the national level and in selected states, Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Wards, increase access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender-based violence (GBV), in three states of northern Nigeria, promote a conducive environment for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 at the national level and in selected states, Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Wards and gendered design and implementation of peace architecture, including forums for dialogue, early warning systems and rapid response mechanisms for conflict resolution.

Others are enhancing community peace-making capacities of women, improved local capacity to monitor report and document human rights situations affecting girls and women in 4 States in Northern Nigeria as well as improved response to specific needs/concerns of vulnerable women and girls and last but not the least, selective, participatory social mobilization (review of social norms) developed and implemented to prevent and mitigate risks and threats of gender-based violence in conflict context. The project has continued to generate results as the mentoring beneficiaries are currently facilitating various forms of conflict prevention and peace-building initiatives, including dialogue, trust-building, reconciliation and mediation.

The Programme Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria is a 4-year initiative (2014-2018), designed to support the Nigerian Government (Federal level), three Northern States (Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe) and selected constituent Local Government Areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.  The overall objective of the project is to ensure the practical implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in three northern states of Nigeria and to document its benefits to the management, mitigation and resolution of conflict on a demonstration basis.

The programme, however, has three inter-locked components, each with their own specific objective; Strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peace building; Mitigate the impact of conflict upon women and girls and to enhance a conducive environment for effective implementation of UNSCR 1325-NAP, and monitoring gender equality commitments in Nigeria.

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