The Oasis Reporters
May 8, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
Nigeria Association of Peace and Gender Practitioners In Media, Plateau State Chapter has been challenged to step up efforts towards effective dissemination of activities of women and their roles in peace and conflict management.
The Gender Technical Adviser on UN Women Project in Nigeria, Sewuese Surma made this call Tuesday during a one day interactive session with Heads Of Media Establishments held at Crispan Luxury Apartment, Rayfield, Plateau State.
She maintained that the forming of media networks is to aid the activities of the United Nations Women to be disseminated to the outside world and enable people know her successes and challenges and solicit the media network team to redouble efforts towards the actualization of the dream.
According to the envoy, since the launching 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 the States Of Gombe, Plateau and Adamawa in the North Central Part of Nigeria.
“The UN Women has carried out several initiatives to review the states peace architectures from a gender and humanitarian 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”.
Earlier, then conveners of the breakfast meeting and Plateau state coordinator Media Network, Wika Gofwen said the meeting was a forum to enable media chief executives to interact with stakeholders on how to help implement workable plans of achieving set objectives in Plateau State and the country at large.
He said the media network that has 31 membership strength comprising of NUJ and NAWOJ members has since swung into action but has never come together under one roof to have interesting discussions like this.
He said the hindrances for the team was lack of coordination, which according to him informed dialogue meeting with media heads to finetune ways of properly coordinating activities of the network so as to project the activities of UN Women to the outside world for the next three months.
At the end of the deliberations, the need for CSOs and the Media to strengthen ties towards getting the activities publicised was stressed, even as the Media were encouraged to down play issues of commercialization and dwell on promoting content that have direct bearing on the wellbeing of the society.