Friday November 28, Women and Armed Conflict
WANEP expresses concern over the continued abduction of
women and girls for various reasons, ranging from sex slavery,
forced marriages, reproduction, suicide bombing, etc; the
increasing numbers of internally displaced persons without
Armed actors have systematically deployed sexual violence
against civilians as a means to achieve military and political
ends. In recent conflicts, countless women and children have
been abducted into armed groups and subjected to multiple
forms of abuse, including sexual slavery. And heightened
tension and militarization in society can spur increased
violence at home, in schools and in the workplace. Both
conflict and displacement significantly increase a country’s risk
of becoming a source of human trafficking, enforced
prostitution and other crimes.
Peacebuilding offers important opportunities to support the
advancement of gender equality in conflict-affected areas.
Accordingly, efforts must be made to ensure that all
peacebuilding strategies and activities consistently and
effectively include women and gender perspectives.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination
of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights
Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against
women and girls around the world.
This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign
UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange
YOUR Neighbourhood.” The Women in Peacebuilding
Network (WIPNET) in Nigeria join progressive minds all over
the world to commemorate and speak in support of the
elimination of all forms violence against women especially
those in the conflict zones.
Situation Tracking on Boko Haram and Federal Government of Nigeria, the cease fire question.
- WINPNET celebrates international woman’s Day in Lagos
- PRESS RELEASE ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY Theme: “Rights of Peoples to Peace”
- Declaration of Islamic Caliphate
- Communique of the 2 Day Strategic Forum on the Implementation of the National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
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|Narrative Report of Three-Day WIPNET Replication Training on the Strategic Reviewand Confidence Building Project for Women Leaders from Focal Communities Obom Itiat/New Bakassi in Cross River State - May 9th-14th, 2011|
|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.