Prominent women stakeholders in Adamawa State converged to advocate the passage of gender equal opportunity Bill, United Nations Security Council, Resolution 1325, among many other issues in Yola, the state capital.
The event labeled ‘Capacity Building workshop for women enlightenment’ which took place at the Wetlands park, Yola on Thursday, 19th July organized by the State ministry of women affairs and social development, UN women, Search For Common Grounds and other partners hosted about 132 women from key stakeholders in the state.
The participants have been informed, educated and trained about the proposed Gender Equal opportunity Bill and how they can move to advocate for its implementation in the State.
The workshop is attended by participants from the Muslim council, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Woman Christian Association of Nigeria (WOMCAN), Widows Council, people with disabilities, the media and many others.
In a presentation by the Gender Technical Adviser (GTA) to the state UN women, Titus Orngu stated that the workshop is aimed at educating Adamawa Women on the contents of the proposed Adamawa Equal Opportunities Law amongst others.
“The objective of this program includes enhanced understanding of Women leaders on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNHCR) 1325, and to solicit the support of Adamawa Women for the passage of the proposed Adamawa Equal Opportunities Law, for the enhanced protection of women, girls, and children in the state”.
He also disclosed that the program is ongoing in three states- Adamawa, Gombe and Plateu. Only four LGAs have been selected in Adamawa State these are; Maiha, Numan, Mubi south, and Yola north- and some of the activities of the project have been extended to Mubi North, Demsa, and Yola south.
Orngu said, “since what affects women from those LGA’s can affect every woman in the state, it means the program is for the entire state”.
The Speech presentations given at the event addressed the concept of the women peace and security program, the provision and contents of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and contents of the proposed Gender Equal Opportunity Bill.
Thereafter, during the group work session, the participants brainstormed and strategize synergies to implement the purpose of the workshop.
Some of the strategies and activities the women leaders developed and promised to carry out for enhanced sensitization and passage of the proposed equal opportunities law by the Legislature, in order to protect all women and girls in the state includes:
Creating awareness at the community level.
Sensitization to other women on UNSCR 1325, the law and process of reporting violence.
Enlightenment through media house, especially radio and TV stations.
Advocacy & Sensitization of Religion and Traditional rulers on passage of the law.
House to House campaigns and Community dialogue in churches and mosques on peaceful co-existence and more.
In a keynote address by the permanent secretary State Ministry of women affairs and social development, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello said that the gathering is the first of its kind in the history of the State.
Maisaratu addressed the women on the essence of the workshop to “discuss issues that affect us as women, wives and mothers.
God has honored some of us by giving us titles and responsibilities to bring peace and peaceful coexistence in our communities, let’s use it to the benefit of our children and our communities”.
Additionally, the perm sec emphasized on the need for early warning and early reporting of conflicts and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), perpetrated against women and girls to the relevant authorities for necessary action.
She also called on the Wives of Traditional Rulers and Religious Leaders to use their position in their various communities, and places of worship to pursue and promote peace by all possible means.
She also admonished them, to report any issue threatening the existence of peace so that at the end of the day, Adamawa Women can raise their heads high and say “Yes! We fought for peace in our State, this is our stand and we want everybody to listen to our voices”.