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The initiative is apt considering children’s vulnerability which makes them easy tools of violence. Not long ago, primary school children in Lagos State were arrested by the police over cult related activities. / It is anticipated the training will dissuade the pupils from violent activities.
Already, the pupils who went on the visit had been trained to be peace ambassadors, their capacities had been built to be peer mediators in their schools and communities. The visit was to further entrench in them the need for non-violence and the consequence of violent actions as the Special Correctional Centre for Girls is a place where children involved in vices are detained.
According to the manager of the school, Mrs. Awobajo A.A, the centre is a mini-prison where disobedient children are kept. The pupils learned that children who run away from home, those who were sexually abused, children beyond parental control, those who need care and supervision; who have been abandoned by their parents, juveniles seeking shelter including those with criminal cases who have been involved in cultism are remanded in the correctional facility.
The principal of the correctional home, Mrs. Sowemimo O.O encouraged pupils to be obedient and to focus on their education. She enunciated the Child Rights Act (2015) and the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection policy which protects the rights of the child. Juveniles are brought to the facility through care order given by the court and if involved in gross criminal offence they remain in the facility till they are 18 years when they would be charged to court for final judgement.
The correctional home includes a vocational centre and school where children learn. They also have access to counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers who help them get back on track. The female pupils whose capacity has been bolstered on the need to embrace peace and shun violence promised to be obedient to authorities and to mediate peacefully when conflict occurs in their schools and communities.
This intervention programme aligns with WANEP-Nigeria’s thematic area of active non-violence and peace education. It also integrates with the organization’s development plan to realise the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 which is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
 

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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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