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UN Women train Journalists on Peace, Security in Jos

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The UN Women have trained journalists on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) so that they could support the WPS Media Network in Plateau State to review its activities and strategies and develop their annual work plan.

The training was also to strengthen coordination among the WPS platforms and the Ministry of Women Affairs in the state.

Programme Coordinator in Nigeria, Olubukola Ilemobola, disclosed this in Jos recently during the training, saying, the output was also to draft annual work plan of the WPS Media Network, frame work for coordination among the WPS platforms and Ministry of Women Affairs in the State.

According to her, “What is expected at state level structures is sustained to effectively lead on integration and accountability for Women, Peace and Security.

“The objective of the WPS programme in Nigeria is to realise a more peaceful and gender-equal society by creating an enabling environment for the implementation of WPS commitments through strengthening policy frameworks capacity, coordination, and overnight of Federal and State entities, and increasing the meaningful participation of women to deliver on UNSCR 1325 commitments for conflict prevention and sustainable peace,” she stated.

The coordinator further explained that, government institutions at Federal and State levels are expected to be strengthened so as to provide strategic leadership and effectively coordinate the development and localize Nigeria’s 3rd NAP and update state level Action Plans on WPS.

According to her, Nigeria has a 3rd NAP that is contextualized and responds to emerging threats and challenges, and mechanisms to enhance government ownership and coordination of the NAP in implementation, monitoring and reporting are in place.

This she said, the key activities are to support Nigeria’s 3rd NAP development using a new multi-sectoral approach and existing platforms, strengthen the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in states with SAPs, and facilitate the establishment and strengthening of monitoring mechanisms for NAP and SAPS.

“These activities are also to increase women’s leadership capacity and influence to engage in conflict prevention and mediation through peace-building and mediation networks, while the key activity is to provide capacity building support to the National Women Mediation Networks to consolidate and integrate state-level Women Mediator Networks through the provision of mediation skills, including digital skills,” she added.

According to her, “The activity is to develop collective conflict prevention Action Plan on the various major crises/conflicts, including roadmap to 2023 election, establishment of Women Situation Room, and to also build a critical Mass of Women Mediators with critical and emerging skills, including digital skills.

“Others are, to strengthen linkages with formal peace-building architectures, particularly in Plateau and Kaduna, through a robust vetted data base of women mediators among other action and development of technical expertise to provide direct technical support to the Ministry of Women Affairs, among others,” she said.

Mrs Ilemobola noted that, there is the need to support existing Male Engagement Platforms for networks of Gender Champions in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe and Plateau States.

Also, the WPS Media Coordinator in Plateau State, Mr. Wika Gofwen, revealed that, “Nigeria Association of Peace and Gender Practitioners Media (NAPGPM) started in 2015, and the Media Network was a brain child of UN Women as part of its visibility strategy in the implementation of women’s engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeria.

He added that, the Media Network was a coalition of different Media Houses and practicing Journalists in Plateau State, whether Print, Electronic Media and Bloggers.

He said, this was to strengthen capacity of WPS Media Network members that UN Women engaged, in consultations and partners, to achieve the mandate of the Visibility Strategy, particularly “Search for Common Ground,” and with several engagements with critical stakeholders in the state.

According to Mr. Gofwen, “The Organization was recognized by the Economic Community of West Africa States, ECOWAS, affiliated under the UN WOMEN, and has branches all over the country – with 25 state branches – and acts as a Clearing House for members and clients to seek data, collate and disseminate using the organs of Mass Communication and the various media outlets in Nigeria and worldwide.”

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