A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIOANAL PEACE DAY 2015 AFTER A ONE DAY INTERACTIVE MEETING WITH STAKEHOLDERS, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AND THE MEDIA.

The celebration of this year International Peace Day marks another milestone in the efforts to educate, enlighten and sensitize citizens on the need to create sustainable peace in the society. In accordance with the United Nation’s theme for this year’s celebration , “Partnership for Peace; Dignity for All”, several organisations with same vision came together in partnership with Women in Peace and Security Network ( WPSN) to brainstorm, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that peace reigns in the families, communities and the society with gender perspective in focus.

The core of the discussion centred on the need to implement the State Action Plan of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 as a foothold towards eradicating Gender-Based Violence and ensuring lasting peace in the state.

At the end of the deliberation the following key decisions were agreed upon:

  1. The implementation of the State Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 which has already been domiciled in the Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs with support from the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme(NSRP) and the South-South Zonal Political Empowerment Office is key to a lasting peace in the state.
  2. Women suffer more during conflicts hence the need for the state to ensure increased participation of women in conflict management
  3. The need for all stakeholders including the Office of the Governor, the Deputy-Governor, Rivers State House of Assembly, all MDAs to effectively fight for the implementation of the State Action Plan by focusing on the 5Ps namely;
  4. Promotion of the rights women through massive enlightenment programmes in order to increase awareness on the provisions of UNSCR1325
  5. Prevention of all types of Violence Against Women and Girls.
  • Increase the participation of women in all conflict management activities, and in governance
  1. Protection of women from all forms of violence and conflict situations
  2. Strengthening prosecution laws for all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls especially by implementing the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law.
  3. The necessity of providing safe spaces for survivors of Gender-Based Violence in the state.
  4. The importance of providing adequate funding for the Ministry of Women Affairs to enable it enforce the activities/projects that will see to the full implementation of the State Action Plan of the UNSCR 1325
  5. Strengthening of security agencies especially through capacity building of their personnel so that they will be better equipped to handle conflict situations.
  6. Increased synergy among all stake holders in order to ensure improved peaceful coexistence
  7. Traditional rulers have key roles to play in promoting peace in the communities.
  8. The need to relocate the office of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre ( RDA) from the Ministry of Justice to a more accessible location so that women and girls will not be disenfranchise

 

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