Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has called for the inclusion of more women in decision making roles in conflict resolutions.
He said women should be encouraged to use dialogue to solve differences and develop collective solutions for peaceful co-existence amongst the people.
The Governor made the call at a workshop for ‘Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism Africa; the women mediators dialogue’ which was hosted by Farmers and Herders Initiative For Peace and Development Africa, FHIPD holding in Kaduna.
El-Rufai appealed to the NGO to engage women group from Kaduna and Nigeria at large to enhance their capacities in resolving conflicts.
He urged them to invite more African Countries to share in the experiences of Rwanda, learn more from South Africa and many other Countries that are far from Nigeria.
The Governor said “Here in Kaduna State, we have consistently and deliberately appointed competent women and youth into senior and very visible government positions, not only to reflect our commitment to gender and social inclusion, but to inspire our young girls and boys to realize their full potentials”.
He said the State has also utilised the mediation and peace building competences of women to improve security in the different communities across the State.
“Kaduna has a Peace Commission which is an independent body to promote peace building and peaceful co-existence which is headed by a woman”.
He noted that, a lot of people talk about the need to make a difference and yet what the African Continent needs more urgently are leaders willing to step out of conformity and do things differently.
“In this room are women professionals of different expertise leading organizations, teaching in Universities and working among communities. This makes you ideal for the task of creating a reference framework from which to create inclusive culture and practice of women skilled in conflict prevention”.
Governor El-Rufai prayed that the lessons they acquire and take away from the workshop becomes institutionalised within the organisations they work, urging them to lead and sustain tracks of dialogues amongst stakeholders especially business leaders.
He assured of his government’s commitment in supporting and working with the Community Voices Network in order to make the conference an annual event in Nigeria and Kaduna in particular.
The workshop which drew participants from African Countries focused on the use of mediation and other non violent approach in promoting peace across the continent.