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WANEP is a network of peacebuilding civil society organizations with structural presence in all the countries of ECOWAS, including Cameroun and Chad.

The network seeks to build collaborative relationship among peacebuilding organizations towards conflict prevention and resolution. Its credibility and commitment to peace and stability in West Africa has been recognized by ECOWAS through the appointment of WANEP as the civil society representative at the ECOWAS secretariat.

Within the WANEP-Nigeria structure, its mode of operation is through the six geo-political zones. These zonal arrangement facilitates an ownership process among zonal network groups and also encourages the local generation of intervention strategies to peculiar conflicts within the zones.

  • About WANEP-Nigeria   ( 4 Articles )

    West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Nigeria (WANEP-Nigeria) was established out of necessity to provide an organized platform for collaborative peacebuilding for conflict transformation and development in Nigeria by indigenous Non Governmental Organizations with diverse capacities and interest in human rights, conflict transformation and good governance. Established and registered in 2001 and 2003 respectively, its operational framework was designed along the visions of the regional network operating in West Africa, Chad and Cameroun with the ultimate goal of building sustainable peace for growth and development in the region.

    WANEP Nigeria operations are structured along the geo political constellation of Nigeria and targets grassroots ownership of peacebuilding initiatives through its member organizations in all the thirty six (36) States of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Membership of WANEP-Nigeria, pursuant to constitutional provision is for organizations with 40% conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives. Some of these organizations however have other areas of competence other than peacebuilding. WANEP-Nigeria has over 200 member organizations spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

    Intervention programs of the Network are divided into five basic thematic areas: Conflict Prevention; Women in Peacebuilding; Active Non Violence and Peace Education; Democracy and Good Governance; Research and Documentation

    • Active Non-Violence and Peace Education: strives to institutionalize non violence and peace education in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

    • Conflict Prevention: works towards the establishment of civil society early warning and response system in Nigeria, which is linked to ECOWAS Early Warning system at the regional level. It also works with relevant government and inter governmental agencies towards Disaster Risk Reduction in the country

    • Democracy and Good Governance programs strengthen governance capacities through developing and integrating conflict management systems at different levels of governance and also ensure transparency in decision making.

    • Women in Peacebuilding program (WIPNET) offer opportunity for the participation of women in peacebuilding mechanisms through a coordinated network that facilitates advocacy, reconciliation and transformation.

    • Research, Publication and Network Coordination promotes cross-fertilization of resources and expertise among zones.

    WANEP-Nigeria seeks to:

    • Strengthen the peacebuilding capacity of organizations and practitioners to actively engage in the prevention and/or peaceful transformation of violent conflicts in Nigeria;

    • Increase awareness and use of non-violent strategies as a proactive response to conflicts in order to avoid violence;

    • Promote principled and responsive leadership in the country within context that appreciates the culture of non-violence, advocates for just social, political structures and relationships;

    • Engender conflict prevention and peacebuilding issues in the country; and

    • Harmonize and develop conflict prevention through peacebuilding activities by networking and coordination of WANEP members into viable networks and mechanisms.

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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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