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FG inaugurates committee on women, peace, security

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the UN- Women Nigeria has inaugurated the third National Action Plan NAP, technical working Committee of the United Nations Security Council Resolution, UNSCR, 1325 on women, peace and security.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen made this known in Abuja at a press conference to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the UNSCR 1325, since its establishment in the year 2000.

She explained that said the UNSCR recognizes women’s role as peacebuilders and agents of change, thereby stressing increased women’s participation in conflict prevention and peace-building processes, at all levels.

According to the Minister, the ministry had been proactive in the implementation of the UNSCR-1325 and had made remarkable progress in the first and second NAP, and expressed optimism that the third NAP would address emerging security issues affecting the nation.

” We are confident that it will capture emerging peace and security issues from femininity, humanitarian and human rights perspectives amongst others And it would be a great instrument to address various fragments of insecurity situations experienced in almost every nook and cranny of our society,” she said.

The minister noted that one of the major achievements in the implementation was the domestication of the NAP by 15 States.

” Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Rivers and Yobe with corresponding Local Action Plan (LAP).

While applauding the states for their efforts in domesticating the NAP, the minister appealed to them to make budgetary provisions for the implementation.

She also called on other states yet to start the process to consider it as a matter of urgency as women’s adequate participation in conflict resolution and peace processes remains the panacea to the heightened insecurity situation around the world and within this country.

The UN Women Deputy Country Representative, Mr Lansanah Wonneh noted that funding, monitoring and evaluation were some of the challenges in the implementation, stressing the need to address it for more success.

Dr Lydia Umar, the member of the committee, assured that the diverse and intergenerational members of the group from all sectors would use their expertise to contribute towards resolving security issues in the country.

Also, Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, another member and President, Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA), said the successes recorded in the previous NPA’s led to the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act.

The 25-member committee have  a time frame of five months to launch the document for the 3rd National Action plan

The UNSCR 1325 unanimously passed in 2000, currently has 103 countries that have developed and adopted NAPs and related resolutions.

Reporting by Azizatu Sani; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino