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JUSTICE AND SECURITY DIALOGUE (JSD) WORKSHOP IN JOS-NORTH LGA OF PLATEAU STATE

 

The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP-NIGERIA) in collaboration with the United State Institute of Peace (USIP) organized a Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) Workshop in Jos-North LGA of Plateau State, Nigeria on the 3rd -8th April, 2016, aimed at promoting trust-building and collaborative problem solving between security services and the communities in Jos North LGA. The process started with advocacy visits to the various Traditional leaderships including the Anaguta, Afizere and Hausa communities in Jos-North LGA and to the Jos-North Local Government Council Chairperson. The three-day workshop that followed had in attendance representatives of the five communities-Afizere, Anaguta, Berom, Fulani and Hausas, representatives of the Nigeria Police, Plateau Command; Vigilante Groups, Judiciary, Religious leaders, Judiciary, Women’s Rights organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Jos-North Local Government Council. The workshop reviewed the current security challenges in Jos-North LGA; identified prioritized security issues and developed local level multi-stakeholders interventions to address the prioritized security challenges.

Participants and Facilitators at Justice and Security Dialogue in Jos-North LGA, Plateau State.

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Cross session of participants at the JSD workshop

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Participants during Group Work at the JSD Workshop

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Community Leaders at a Group Work during the JSD workshop.

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WANEP – NIGERIA COMMEMORATES THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

goUntitled3In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP- Nigeria) held a talk with the students and pupil of Doland International Schools, Akute, Lagos on 8th of March 2016. The theme of day was “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The event which is part of the Women in Peacebuilding (WIPNET) program planned for the year 2016 aimed to raise awareness amongst students on women’s rights, the roles of women within the home and society, celebration of women’s achievements and to promote gender equality in peacebuilding for the younger generation.

 
 
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WANEP COMMEMORATES THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

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 In commemoration of the of the 16 Days campaign, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-Nigeria) working with Working Group of Eight on Violence against Women (WG8 on VAW) organized a forum to sensitize the traders in Oyingbo Market on the different forms of violence against women and girls in the society and the need to take actions to end this ill trend. The traders were educated on the content of the Lagos State Domestic Violence ACT (2007) as well as the available opportunities to seek redress using the available provisions put in place by the government and civil society organisations to address this menace and provide support for female victims of violence and access justice. The traders were also encouraged to speak out whenever occurrences of violence are witnessed. The event took place on 8th December 2015 had members of the Working Group of Eight in attendance to educate the traders on the negative impact of violence on women and girls. For easy understanding of the key issues the traders were addressed in Pidgin English as well as local dialects - Yoruba, Igbo and Ibibio. At the end of the program, the Secretary of Oyingbo Market Traders Association Dr. Mudashiru expressed his pleasure and thanked the organizers for the good initiative.

 
 

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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.