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UN Media Association, SFCG Partners Traditional Rulers On Involving Women In Peace Building

 

The Oasis Reporters

May 29, 2018

By Moses Gbande
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‘Search For Common Ground’, SFCG In Collaboration With The Nigerian Association of Peace and Gender Practitioners In Media, Plateau State Chapter has organized a one day interactive forum with traditional rulers in Plateau State to seek areas of collaboration and strengthen activities of Women and their role in Peace and Conflict Management in the state..

The one day interactive session which held at Crispan Luxury Apartment, Rayfield, Plateau State, brought together traditional rulers from four local government areas of Riyom, Barkin Ladi Wase, Jos North and other partners in the implementation of the United Nations Resolution 1325.

The event, according to the convener and Plateau state coordinator, Media Network, of the National Association of Peace, Gender Practitioners in Media, Wika Gofwen said the meeting was to create a forum for the media to interact with traditional rulers on how to help implement workable plans of achieving peace in Plateau and the country at large.

He said the media network that has a membership of 31, comprising of NUJ and NAWOJ members has since engaged other stakeholders including heads of Media organizations and security heads and with which it has had interesting discussions.

Stressing that the series of programmes of which the traditional institution has taken its turn, is to seek synergy and partnership in promoting women’s involvement in the promotion of peace and security and to a large extent, provide a way forward in areas that would enhance smooth working relationships in the line of duty.

Presenting an overview of her NGO, State coordinator Search for Common Ground To End Violent Conflict, Mrs Niri Goyit said “SFCG is an NGO dedicated to conflict transformation and peace building in the world. “Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict using innovative tools and working at different levels of society.

“SFCG started working in Nigeria in the year 2004 and has more than 14 years’ experience in the field of peace and security at both national and regional levels with a 4 pillar supported intervention thus;

“Strengthening local capacities to constructively prevent, address and respond to conflicts, violence, and violent extremism.

“Promote reconciliation, understanding, dialogue and collaboration among various dividing lines.

“Creating and strengthening multi-stakeholder platforms for community peace and security, strengthening democratic governance and expanding the civic space.

“With offices in Plateau covering Middle Belt, Adamawa and Maiduguri covering North East, with an addition now in Gombe and the head office operating in Abuja.

“With funds from the EU, SFCG will be supporting UN Women and the MOWASD to implement the advocacy and communication activities of the WPS programme in Northern Nigeria while also supporting other partners in the State.

“We are also working with the media in the three States implementing a uniformly titled TV and Radio Program tagged “ ‘Zamu Iya’. ”

She further added that the organization also provides technical support and partners with other UN Women structures in Plateau State.

On her part, the Gender Technical Adviser on UN Women Projects in Nigeria, Sewuese Surma said  Media Networks are  to aid the activities of the UN Women disseminate information  to the outside world to enable people know her successes and challenges while soliciting the Media Network team to redouble its efforts towards the actualization of the dream.

She also revealed that, since the launch of the action plan on UNSCR 1325, aimed at promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria, the UNWomen has made some major breakthroughs in Gombe, Plateau and Adamawa States in the North Central part of Nigeria.

“The UN Women has carried out several initiatives to review the state peace architectures from a gender and human perspectives”

“We succeeded in getting women involved in decision making at traditional Institutions, and in partnership with traditional rulers, CSOs, NOA and other organization, we have secured support from state governors , management of MDAs, security agencies, and community leaders in the targeted areas to review the existing peace architecture”.

Participants expressed delight over the UN efforts towards ensuring that violence and other ill treatments against Women and children is contained, and called for the review of the programme for frequent interaction.

The traditional rulers said since they started involving Women in decision making in their domain they have realized the positive influences women have played in peace building in the state and called on the media to always make efforts in contacting traditional rulers were violent acts are reported before going to the press so as to avoid the distortion of facts.

 

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