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Before the roundtable, WANEP and GNWP had organized a media workshop to discuss how media can highlight women’s roles as leaders, peacebuilders and decision-makers; and to draft a comprehensive media and communications strategy for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and other Women, Peace and Security (WPS) resolutions in Nigeria. Definite roles of the media in promoting implementation were also enunciated.

Nigeria adopted its second National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325 in May 2017, efforts have been made to implement the NAP at the Federal, State and local levels, eleven states (Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Kaduna, Adamawa, Kano, Plateau, Rivers, Yobe, Gombe and Kogi)[i] have developed State Action Plans (SAPs) and some states also have Local Action Plans (LAPs) that have been launched. However this number looks insignificant when compared to other states that have not developed theirs. The NAP has faced several challenges which have prevented full and meaningful implementation, some of these are:

  • Limited knowledge about UNSCR 1325 and inadequate technical capacity for implementation.
  • Poor coordination among stakeholders.
  • Lack of budgetary allocation specifically targeting Women, Peace and Security.
  • Weak political will in terms of implementation in most states
  • Weak monitoring mechanism.
  • Inadequate public awareness.

For broad public awareness of WPS resolutions and recognition of the role women play in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustainable peace, media is important. The media assumes a strategic position in amplifying women’s voices.
So Nigerian journalists who participated at the media roundtable have jointly developed and agreed on strategies to effectively implement UNSCR 1325.

  • Involving women in topical issues that aid national development
  • Investigative reports, Research, Data gathering and analysis of WPS
  • Dedicated Newspaper/Online media columns on WPS
  • Special interviews and profiling of women in politics, and those working on WPS issues
  • Increased coverage of women issues; UNSCR1325 and WPS.

The journalists have made individual and organizational commitments to implement the resolutions. In order to spur them into further action, WANEP and GNWP appreciated three of the journalists who have been consistent in reporting Women, Peace and Security matters by giving them awards and incentive. These have motivated them to do more.

It is anticipated that effective implementation of Nigeria’s NAP on UNSCR 1325 and supporting resolutions will ensure increased participation of women in decision making, leadership and peace processes. It will also protect them from Sexual Gender Based Violence during armed conflict.

 

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Activity Report of WIPNET Members in Akwa Ibom State A.K.A Iban Emem (Women of Peace)

 

Activity Report of WIPNET Members in Akwa Ibom State A.K.A

Iban Emem (Women of Peace)

Advocacy Visits to Paramount Rulers of of Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas.

The Women in Peacebuilding Program, WIPNET, of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP was established in the year 2003 with the broad goal to elevate women from their state of obscurity to the fore to enable them play key roles alongside men in building peace. This was based on the realization that ‘gender and peacebuilding’ did not adequately respond to the existing gap between men and women and that men and women cannot attain equal opportunities espoused in the gender equality definition if women are absent from the scene altogether.

In line with WIPNET’s goal of building women’s capacity to play active and visible roles in peace-building in Nigeria, the current project “Sustaining Women Social Networking for Effective Participation in Peace Processes in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria is geared towards training and mobilizing platform for women groups and relevant agencies for policy engagement and sustainable peacebuilding interventions; conflict prevention and peace advocacy in the states of the Niger Delta. It is a three year project that spans 2011-2013. Two communities were selected in each of the Niger Delta States with the Training of women Leaders otherwise referred as TOT and with the mandate to replicate these trainings to twenty five women in each community for replications and mentoring.

As a sequel to the replication trainings carried out in Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas, the women leaders carried out advocacy visits to the paramount rulers of these Local Government Areas in order to facilitate women’s participation in peace processes and leadership at the community levels. The group met with His Royal Majesty (HRM) Augustine E.J. Assiak and His Royal Majesty (HRM) Edidem Edet Akpan Inyang and their council of chiefs to introduce WANEP/WIPNET to them in the communities and Akwa Ibom State at large.

The team leader of the group, Mrs Regina Fabaian, briefed the council members on the Vision, Mission and Objectives of WANEP, she also presented some WANEP/WIPNET Publications to the council members. They in turn expressed their joy at the women’s willingness to work with traditional institutions in fostering peace and development in the community.

The Iban Emem group which also comprised of Mrs Helen Amos, Evang Stella Umo, Mrs Rosemary Akpabio and the WIPNET Focal Person for the South South Zone Ms. Ann Uduka visited Ibiono Ibom NCWS to celebrate the 2012 International Women’s Day.

As measures of strengthening the association, members of Iban Emem (Women of Peace) in Akwa Ibom State have agreed to have a uniform, open a bank account and register as a cooperative society. The group is also planning for a peace march in a selected community on the International Peace Day slated for September 21, 2012.

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