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Committee set up to empower local women

11 April 2014, 07:40Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has inaugurated a National Steering Committee to ensure the implementation of a National Action Plan (NAP) on the United Nations Resolution 1325.

Speaking during the inauguration in Abuja, the minister reiterated the commitment of the present administration to the entrenchment of appropriate mechanisms that will ensure peace, security and the protection of lives and property in the country in line with the resolution.

She said National Action Plan was a practical and operational tool for the participation of women at all levels of peace processes.

"It as means to provide protection for those affected by armed conflicts-women, children and communities to be informed about government’s response to their plight as well as the support programmes available to them,” she said.

She noted that the inauguration of the Committee could not have come at a better time than now, when conflicts had placed tremendous burden on Nigerians, especially women, who were more vulnerable.

“Nigerian women lose their husbands, bread winners, children and their homes, while some flee from their houses during conflict and post conflict situation.”

She added that several of them suffered from gender based violence, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders and other psychological consequences.

She pointed out that the Nigerian government had demonstrated its commitment to addressing and involving women in the peace process when it launched the Action Plan in August 2013.

The Minister charged members of the Committee to show greater commitment to the assignment by advising government and ensuring that front-line security agencies and other stakeholders implemented the document as well as mobilise resources to support the implementation.

The 17-member committee includes representatives of Ministries of Defense, Justice, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Youth Development and Women Affairs and Social Development that will coordinate the activities of the Committee.

Others are the National Planning Commission, Nigeria Police, Budget Office of the Federation, National Boundary Commission, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, National Orientation Agency, Nigerian Stability and Reconciliation Programme, National Refugees Commission, West African Network for Peace Building, Economic Community of West African States  and UN Women.

- CAJ News

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