By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Working Group on Women, Youth, Peace Security in West Africa and the Sahel (WGWYPS-WAS) has concluded plans to roll out a campaign in 14 focal states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja to create awareness on need to end violence against women and other vulnerable persons.
This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by its Country Representative, Dr. Lydia Umar and Co-country Representative, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, made available on Friday March 8, 2019, as part of activities to mark the World Women Day in collaboration with Gender Awareness Trust (GAT).
“Working Group on Women, Youth, Peace Security in West Africa and the Sahel (WGWYPS-WAS) has is rolling out a campaign in its current focus states namely; Abia Benue, Borno, Delta, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Yobe and FCT to further ensure increase in awareness on the need to reduce violence, especially against vulnerable populations that include youth, women, children, the aged and people living with disabilities,” it stated.
It stated that as the world celebrates the International Women’s Day, GAT in collaboration with WGWYPS-WAS celebrates all the inspirational women,past and present who strive to create a better world for all.
“The working group in Nigeria recognizing the spate of politically motivated violence, hate speech and arson further compounded by pockets of violent conflict and insecurity has been working towards promoting peaceful elections in the 2019 general elections,” it stated
The group therefore, charged politicians and their agents to shun all forms of violence.
It also called on the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be transparent.
“Security agents should be non partisan and candidates to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship by respecting the result and/or using legal means to any grievances,” it added.
The working group hinted that in respect of the elections, it has created the harsh tag, #workingroup4peaceng in which it hopes to use in ensuring peace full polls.