Group Advocates Women Inclusion In Peace, Security Decisions

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Network on Peace and Security for Women in the ECOWAS Region (NOPSWECO) Bauchi State has called on policy makers to include women in peace and security decisions.

Mrs Mary Ann, the State Coordinator of NOPSWECO made the appeal on Monday in Bauchi at a one day meeting of women stakeholders supported by Attah Sisters Helping Hand Foundation (ASHHF).

She said the essence of the meeting was to form a modalities on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and inclusion of women on peace and security decision making.

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“In most conflict situations, women constitute more than 50% of adult populations and are actively engaged in peacebuilding while addressing family survival needs.

“Women’s profiles in peacebuilding have been unrealistically low and undervalued, and women’s organisations and women peace activists tend to have inadequate access to information and resources.

“Placing women at the centre of local, state and national peace building efforts will improve progress towards enduring peace,” she said.

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Mrs Ann reiterated that efforts to build sustainable peace require the participation of women in peace building at all levels of society.

The State Coordinator pointed out that the women group will engage in awareness campaigns , advocacy on policy makers on the need to include women in peace and security making.

In her remark, the Executive Director, ASHHF, Mrs Comfort Attah explained that the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution formal and legal document.

Requires parties in a conflict to respect women’s rights and support their participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction,” she said.

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Mrs Attah called on donors and institutions that support women’s efforts to support their discrete projects but rarely integrating women into mainstream policy formation, peacebuilding and reconstruction programmes.

On her part, Mrs Esther Patrick from the state Ministry of women affairs urged the group of women to be committed in the course of elimination of women discrimination in peace building.

She lamented that women and children are the most vulnerables during conflicts and crisis.

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