THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE BAYELSA STATE ACTION PLAN (BSAP)

As part of the Developmental Agenda in ensuring sustenance of all Peace processes, that will protect Women and Girls in Bayelsa State, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD) under the auspices of Women in Peace and Security Network (WPSN),a network convened by Gender And Development Action (GADA) with support from the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, on the 30th of August 2017 Officially launched the Bayelsa State Action Plan (SAP) on the UNSCR 1325.

The development of the Revised SAP was after consultative meetings with the South-South Zonal Technical Committee (ZAP) on the Implementation of the UNSCR 1325, constituted by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in December 2016. This was part of consultative process that led to the development of a South-South Zonal Action Plan (ZAP). The Zonal Action Plan represents a breakdown of NAP priorities concerns in the South-South geo-political Zone. Due to the size and population of Nigeria, the NAP adopted the geo-political and Governance Structure. The major reason for having the ZAP was to allow for the identification of zonal peculiarities that will determine and shape the respective Action Plans of States within the Zone. After series of consultations and reflections on lessons learned and gaps identified from the non-implementation of the 1st Bayelsa State Action Plan, the Revised State Action Plan was developed in 2017.

The Bayelsa State Action Plan (SAP) outlines in details, Priority Actions, Core Strategies and Interventions by Relevant Actors, Stakeholders and their Responsibilities. It also provides Clear Indicators, Monitoring and Evaluation Benchmarks and Project Targets. It is anticipated that the Successful Implementation of the SAP will enhance Coordination among Stakeholders,raise Awareness, Visibility and Improve Accountability among State and Non –State Actors responsible for its Implementation. The SAP would enable Bayelsa State not only to develop work plans and Programmes Strategies but more importantly, provide the tools and Resources for Monitoring and Evaluating implementations of the SAP as a way of tracking the delivery of commitment on UNSCR 1325 in Nigeria The Resolution is premised on the implementation of a State Action Plan (abbreviated) as SAP – which is consistent with the NAP – National Action Plan of the FMWASD. The Resolution can be broken down into the 5 (five) Pillars (as in Ps) namely:

PREVENTION, PARTICIPATION, PROTECTION, POST CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION AND PARTNERSHIP

Pillar 1 – Prevention and Disaster Preparedness

Pillar 2–Participation and Representation

Pillar 3 – Protection and Prosecution

Pillar 4 – Post Conflict Reconstruction, Crisis management and Early Recovery

Pillar 5 – Partnerships Co-ordination and Management (CROSS- CUTTING)

The ultimate objective of the State Action Plan (SAP) is to vastly improve the Participation and Inclusion of women in all levels and areas of decision-making and developmental processes whilst protecting them from any form of Gender based Violence.  The embedding of these principles in the State Gender Policy and Gender sensitivity being a core principle in formulation and executing State Government policy.

THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED BY

  1. Preventing all forms of violence against Women and Girls by strengthening and utilizing existing Laws.
  2. Identify and Support gender Responsive laws and Policies.
  3. Actively document and promote best practice in conflict prevention and reduction in VAWGs
  4. Strengthen early warning response and reporting mechanism
  5. Protection of Women and girls in conflict and peace.
  6. Promote the culture of Peace
  7. Ensure Women participate in all levels of decision-making, Conflict Prevention and Recovery at grassroots, LGA and state levels
  8. Train Women as Peace  Mediators, Negotiators and Conciliators in Pre- conflict and Post conflict
  9. Train Women and girls in leadership and political education
  10. Actively commit and participate in the national Gender policy of 35% Affirmative Action for women
  11. Providing Training for all MDAs and Security Agencies Active in the State on Gender Mainstreaming*
  12. To protect Women and Girls from GBV and Prosecute and ensure quick trial of cases of GBV

 

PHOTO STORY

(The Executive Director of GADA Ms. Susan Bassey Duke giving a Keynote address at the official launch of theBayelsa State Action Plan)

(The Executive Director of GADA Ms. Susan Bassey Duke giving a Keynote address at the official launch of theBayelsa State Action Plan)

( Fully represented is the Hon. commissioner MWASD, Permanent Secretary, His Royal Highness and many other dignitaries)

( Fully represented is the Hon. commissioner MWASD, Permanent Secretary, His Royal Highness and many other dignitaries)

 

(The official Launch of the SAP document)

(The official Launch of the SAP document)

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