Friday 11 October 2019


A stakeholder dialogue on Women, Peace & Security (WPS) was held in Abuja on the 8th of October 2019. The theme was 'Women's roles in conflict prevention and resolution in Nigeria: Lessons learned from the North-East, Middle-Belt and Delta region'. The dialogue was the result of collaboration between UN Women, the Norwegian Embassy, the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development & Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja.

Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & other participants in the background...

WPS is the first of the five 'Clusters' of the Nigeria Chapter the African Women Leaders' Network (AWLN) Nigeria chapter recently launched under the auspices of UN Women. To be sure, the clusters are:

1) Women's participation in peace and security and ending Violence Against Women (VAW).
2) Women's high level advocacy to secure political will in support of policies to be domesticated and resourced.
3) Women's political representation and leadership.
4) Women's economic empowerment and social investment.
5) Mentorship of young women and inter-generational dialogue

The dialogue was to address Cluster 1. Some of the those present are:

*Ms. Comfort Lamptey - UN Women Representative to Nigeria & ECOWAS
*Mrs. Ingrid Skjolaas - Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Norway
*Dr. Bakut Bakut - DG IPCR
*Mrs. Gloria Laraba Shoda - President, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)
*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Independent Consultant/Conflict Transformation Expert
*Ms Marita Sorheim-Rensvik - Special Envoy for Women, Peace & Security, Norwegian Ministry of Fereign Affairs
*Ms. Pernille Ironside - Deputy Representative, UNICEF
*Muntaha Aqel - Programme Adviser, Representative Office of Norway to the Palestine Authority 
*Mrs. Funke Ladipo - Deputy Director, Women & Gender Affairs/Representative of the Hon. Minister of Women Affairs & Social Development
*Mrs. Hamsatu Allamin - ED, Allamin Foundation for Peace & Development
*Hajiya Kadija Gambo - Permanent Commissioner, Kaduna Peace Commission
*Mrs. Fatima Askira - ED, Borno Women Development Initiative (BOWDI)
*Ms. Deborah Effiong - ED, Arise for Gender & Livelihoods Initiative (ALIVE)

The speakers shared their interesting experiences as regards the challenges they have been facing in various parts of the country, depending on the peculiar WPS issues in the locale. In the north-east, the challenge was to change the narrative that education is an abomination to a more positive one. In the Niger Delta, there is the challenge of ensuring that ex-militants do not return to the creeks. In the Middle-Belt, the problem of the farmer-herder crisis rages on...

In my intervention, I said all the clusters are inter-woven. For example, you cannot talk about WPS without touching on mentoring the next generation (cluster 5). Women need to be effectively mainstreamed into conflict prevention, management and resolution. The interaction was fruitful and I suggest continuous engagement of all the stakeholders...

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