The United Nations in partnership with the government of Plateau State in Nigeria north central has officially launched its peace architecture report as part of effort to promote the participation of women in security and peace building processes.
Speaking at the event in the city of Jos, the Plateau State Capital, Mrs Anna Izam, the Commissioner for Women and Social Development said the gesture would give a guide on the necessary activities and critical stakeholders to engage for peace thus fast-track development in the State.
She said women were one of the worse hit during crisis who are displaced from their homes with children to cater for and no source of livelihood in strange lands.
“Women suffer hardship during crisis, their children lack access to education, food and shelter while their husbands are killed or lost and may never return, they know the pains and should be engaged in any peace process because they are most affected,” she said.
Speaking at the event Ms Njeri Karuru, the UN Women programme Manager, Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria said that report would be a document for advocacy and sensitization activities on the need of peace in the country.
She said its European Union funded programme
Promoting Women’s engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeriais to strengthen women‘s role in conflict prevention and seek mitigation on the impact of conflicts on women not excluding gender based violence.
The UN official said that the programme being implemented in Plateau, Gombe and Adamawa States also seeks to facilitate a conducive environment for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) which bothers on gender parity at all levels of decision making amongst others.
“I appeal to the state government to support the state institutions coordinating peace building initiatives to fully implement the recommendations on this report: we hope to start implementing the Gender and Equal Opportunities (GEO) Act in Plateau in August.
“We plead for the gazette of the GEO Act in the state which aims to give women opportunities that have been inaccessible due to structural factors, and we commend state Traditional Council for engaging 94 women as advisors in the state” she said.
Our correspondent reports that three short films were also premiered on the importance of engaging women in peace and security processes.