A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria, CEPAN says it has trained 9,600 women in Plateau on peace mediation and dialogue skills.
CEPAN’s project officer, Mrs. Jummai Fidelis said that the initiative was the NGO’s contribution towards minimising violence and conflicts in the north-central state.
Mrs Fidelis spoke at a meeting of the UN women programme on Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria held in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
According to her, the women, trained between 2015 and 2018, have continued to mediate toward checking the incessant unrest and attacks in Plateau.
Engage community leaders
She said that CEPAN, one of the implementing partners of the UN programme on engaging women in security issues, had trained the women to engage community leaders in security issues.
“The training built their capacity to engage critical stakeholders on the need to resolve issues amicably, before they snowball into crises,” Mrs Fidelis explained.
” Two thousand eight hundred and twenty women were mentored in the four pilot local governments of Jos North, Wase, Mangu and Riyom,” a Lead UN Women Mentor, Mrs. Amina Ahmed said while highlighting the CEPAN’s achievements.
Peace in the society
According to her, the campaigns focused on checking drug abuse as a strategy to foster peace in the society, while 1,641 women were trained on conflict management.
The State’s Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Anna Izam said that the three-year programme on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 had facilitated the engagement of 94 women into traditional councils.
Mrs Izam said that women were usually worse hit during violent conflicts.
She was represented by Director, Community Development, Mrs. Alice Benjamin at the event.