Thursday 3 December 2020


This Blog post addresses the content of the paper I presented at the Webinar to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nigeria Women Mediators Network (NWMN) titled: 'Strategies for inclusive Mediation in peace processes: Moving from Track 3 to Track 1'. NWMN celebrated the anniversary for two days (2nd - 3rd December, 2020). The Webinar was on the first day, while the launch of the SHE MEDIATES Campaign was on the second day. I congratulate NWMN for this feat.

                  Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa @ the launch of the SHE MEDIATES Campaign

Some of those present at the Webinar are:

*Dame Pauline Tallen (Represented by Jumai Idonije) - Minister of Women Affairs

*Ms. Comfort Lamptey - UN Women Nigeria Country Representative

*Carl Michael Grans - Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria

*Jens-Petter Kjemprud - Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria

*Prof. Gabor Ternek - Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria

*Prof. Iyom Joy Onyesoh - 1st Coordinator, NWMN

*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Independent Consultant/Conflict Transformation Expert & Speaker

*Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi - Speaker

*Hajiya Lantana Abdullahi - 2nd/Current Coordinator, NWMN

*Lady Nkiru Celine Okoro - Lead, Communication Team, NWMN

*Barr. Rosemary Chikwendu - Lawyer/Coordinator, ICMC, Abuja

*Adeolu Adewunmi - Speaker

                                    Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa immediately after the Webinar

I wore many hats at the Webinar as:

- A Conflict Transformation & Gender Expert for over 35 years.

- A Chartered Mediator/Conciliator for more than 20 years.

- A Peace-Building practitioner for approximately 35 years.

- A women's rights activist for many decades.

- An Academic/Political Scientist for over 40 years.

Photo L-R: Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & Prof. Iyom Joy Onyesoh (1st Coordinator, NWMN)

In my presentation, I made it abundantly clear at the outset that the inclusive participation of women Mediators in peace processes (PPs) is hinged on mainstreaming women into conflict prevention, management and resolution (CPM&R). The Covid-19 pandemic has further depleted the inadequate stock of women mediators. There are at least 9 equity principles in gender mainstreaming (GM) that could facilitate mainstreaming women into peace processes. These are:

1) Accountability  2) Networking  3) Cultural Values  4) Gender Equity Goal & Framework  5) Gender Focal Persons  6) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of Plan  7) Major Activities Required - Gender Situation Analysis (GSA), Consultative Meetings and Expert Working Group Review (EWGR)  8) Curriculum Review at the primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels  9) Project Outcome.

In conclusion, I said that GM enhances participatory management of peace processes. The support of male champions should be sought at every turn. The Presidency, Governors, Local Government Chairmen, Government Officials, Politicians, etc should be incorporated into the afore-mentioned activities in order to facilitate the much desired transition from Track 3 to Track 1, where the required action can be taken to prevent and/or mitigate conflict...

                                                      Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa @ the event

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