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UN, govt enter historic local initiative

03 November 2014, 07:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Government and the United Nations Women have entered into partnership to begin the implementation of a three-year-programme to promote the role of women in peace, security and conflict resolution.

Funded by the European Union, the programme targets the northern part of Nigeria.

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, who officially launched the programme in Abuja, said three states- Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau- have been chosen for the pilot phase of the programme.

“The programme is starting in the North-east, because it is responsive to challenges being faced by Nigeria women and girls in that region,” Maina said.

According to her, an important component of the quest for peace and development is a shared vision in Nigeria to strengthen women’s leadership role, advance gender equality, promote women empowerment and development and protect women and children in conflict situations.

She explained that with the launch, Nigeria would significantly achieve the development goals articulated in the Vision 20:2020 and the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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The minister disclosed that the ministry and its stakeholders developed  a National Action Plan (NAP) on implementation of the United National Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which provides the framework for the implementation of the EU-funded programme.

She also said the ministry had transmitted copies to the UN General Assembly, UN Women Headquarters and ECOWAS Gender Development Centre for the recognition of Nigeria as one of the countries that had developed NAP for implementation of the Resolution.

Representative of UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Dr Grace Ongile, said the programme was designed around the capacity building of Nigerian institutions, women groups and gender equality advocates.

“The programme design incorporates a strong communication and knowledge management element in the hope it will contribute to the broader societal change towards gender equality and generate valuable lessons learned to possible similar ventures”.

Ongile added that UN Women appreciated the historic initiative.

 “We hope that our partnership will be strengthened through this programme.”

- CAJ News


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