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Gender and Peacebuilding Training for Women Mediators
September 7 @ 9:00 am - September 11 @ 5:00 pm
International Alert has scheduled a Gender and Peacebuilding training for Women Mediators in Benue State, between the 7th and 11th of September, 2020 in Benue State. This has been earmarked as part of the events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325; and is a key component of its support to the Benue State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in localising the Women, Peace and Security agenda through the Programme on Women, Peace and Security in Bauchi and Benue States.
As, the role of women and the gender dimensions of conflict remain marginal in conflict resolution; post-conflict reconstruction processes, despite significant progress towards gender equality and protection of women’s rights at the policy level, largely lack implementation. The absence of and lack of women’s participation in formal mediation processes and at the peace table, is an important area of the 1325 agenda that remains poorly implemented, especially in Nigeria.
In addition, women’s significant contribution to and strong role in Nigeria – whether national or sub-national mediation and conflict prevention initiatives, continue to be largely unrecognized and weakly supported. There is no doubt that women should take an integral part in decision-making during peace processes.
In order to contribute to an increase in women’s access to and participation in peace mediation and negotiation in Nigeria, women’s capacity in mediation and negotiation skills needs to be improved and extended to all areas of work including security sector reform, financing and power-sharing. The impact of conflict on women and their role in peace processes need to be better exposed and reflected on; and the implementation of various policies related to Women, Peace and Security needs to be accelerated and monitored. A comprehensive response from all stakeholders is necessary to ensure gains made are not reversed.
In recent past, UN Women have successfully initiated a network of Women Peace Mentors in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau States, to complement the development and implementation of the WPS State Action Plans. These have resulted in the creation of Women Peace and Mediators’ Networks in these States, providing women at top and grassroots levels, gender and peacebuilding training and other opportunity to increase capacity and strengthen local early-warning, mediation and security architectures to mitigate evolving conflicts in these States. There is, however, a need to replicate these networks across Nigeria, to increase the participation of women in peace processes in a sustainable manner.