By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
It has been observed that women play a vital role in peace and security, it is also believed that when women lead and participate in peace processes, peace lasts longer.
It is in recognition of this fact, that the Adamawa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (SMWA&SD), UN Women, Search for Common Grounds, and other developmental partners brought together female traditional title holders and wives of traditional and religious leaders to brain storm on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and also advocate for the passage of the state Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill (GEOB).
Speaking at the gathering, the Gender Technical Adviser, (GTA) of UN Women in the state, Dr. Titus Orngu said the objective of the programme includes; to deepen the knowledge of Adamawa Women on the contents of the proposed Adamawa Equal Opportunities Law, to enhance understanding of Women leaders on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and to solicit the support of Adamawa Women for the passage of the proposed Adamawa Equal Opportunities Law, for enhanced protection of women, girls, and children in the state.
According to him, Women Peace and Security (WPS) is ongoing on in three states; Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau, in Adamawa, only 4 LGAs have been selected and these included: Maiha, Mubi South, Numan, and Yola North LGAs – however, project activities have been extended to Mubi North, Demsa and Yola South LGAs.
Orngu believes that, what affects women in these LGAs can affect every woman in the state, it means that the Programme is for the entire state.
He explained that all the key Stakeholders have either been trained, contacted or informed on the proposed gender bill and all have given their consent but the big question was; why is the Bill not passed into Law yet?
He called upon the government, traditional/ religious leaders,women group, and the media to use their powers to ensure that the right of women and children are protected, promoted, and preserved in Adamawa.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary (SMWA&SD) Hajiya Maisaratu Bello, who described the gathering as the first of its kind in the history of the State. said it is our responsibilities as women to ensure there is peace and security in our communities.
She spoke on the need for early warning and reporting of conflicts and cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), perpetrated against women and girls to the relevant authorities for necessary action.
Bello urged the participants to use their position in their various communities, and places of worship to pursue and promote peace by all possible means, stressing on the need to report issues threatening peaceful co- existence in their communities.
UN Women continues to work around the world to engage women, including young women, as leaders in their communities to build peace and resilience.
As the UN deliberates on the women, peace and security agenda, UN Women highlights the voices and experience of women building and sustaining peace, rebuilding their lives, communities and countries and mobilizing for justice and equality