Women In Peace and Security Network, Rivers State

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Goal: To Ensure sustainable peace and security in Rivers State.

Objectives:

  • To enhance the capacity of women to engage in peace building processes and governance
  • To foster peace actions and peace building processes in communities, the State and the Nation
  • To build partnerships and mobilise relevant stake holders to promote peace in Rivers state and Reduce Violence Against Women and Girls through gender sensitive legislations

The Women In Peace and Security Network, Rivers State is a loose network of different Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations, Women groups, Community Women, Market Women, Male champions and interested individuals and the Rivers state Ministry of women Affairs who have come together to ensure that there is;

  • Sustainable peace and security in Rivers State
  • A reduction of violence against women and girls in Rivers State
  • Gender equality and equity is promoted in the Rivers state at all levels including peace building and conflict resolution processes
  • Commitment to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Rivers State

NIGERIA STABILITY AND RECONCILIATION PROGRAM

The network is currently being supported by Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program, convened by Gender and Development Action and the Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs as a strong ally to bring about the implementation and domestication of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Rivers state.

THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325 (UNSCR 1325)

UNSCR 1325 which was adopted on the 31st of October 2010 by the United Nations General assembly, is dedicated entirely to build the link

that exists between armed conflict, peace building and the gender dimensions that builds on CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action, the Windhoek Declaration and the Namibian Plan of Action on mainstreaming a gender perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations.

THE UNSCR AND GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN PEACE PROCESSES

The UNSCR 1325 has further galvanized women around the world to recognize the important roles women play in peace building and to mainstream gender in peace building. To mainstream gender means a process of assessing the implications   for women and men of any planned action, legislation, policies or programs or it is a strategy for making women as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral part of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs, in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally.

THE NATIONAL ACTION PLAN (NAP) FOR THE IMPLANTATION OF THE UNSCR 1325

The National Action Plan for the implantation of the UNSCR 1325 was put together by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from the Nigerian Stability and Reconciliation Program. It takes into cognisance the need to protect women and girls from violence and also the participation of women in peace processes. The NAP is built on five pillars called the 5 Ps;

  1. prevention: to prevent all types of violence against women and girls
  2. protection: to protect women from all types of violence
  3. participation: to ensure women’s participation in all activities in conflict prevention, peace building and post-conflict recovery processes at all levels
  4. promotion: to promote women’s rights, ownership and funding
  5. Prosecution: to strengthen prosecution and ensure quick trial of perpetrators of Violence Against Women and Girls to reduce impunity.

The women in peace and security network advocates strongly for the implementation of the National Action Plan at the state level in all relevant Ministries Departments Agencies and amongst communities and also advocate for the domestication and implementation of  laws and policies that protect women and girls from violence, E.g.

  • The National Action Plan for the implementation of the UNSCR 1325
  • The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill (VAP Bill 2010)
  • CEDAW
  • The Child Rights Law

PARTNERS

  • The Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs
  • Gender and Development Action (GADA)
  • The Nigerian stability and Reconciliation program (NSRP)

 

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