By Hajara Leman
The West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) has trained women mentors and stakeholders in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State on the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSCR) 1325 in their communities.
Mrs Bridget Osakwe, National Network coordinator WANEP told newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday after the training organised for stakeholders.
She said that the UNSCR Action Plan of the state had been on ground and as such the training was organized to localize the plan for proper implementation at the LGA level.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted in 2000.
The resolution was the first formal and legal document from the security that required parties in a conflict to prevent violations of women rights and support women participation in peace, negotiations and post conflict reconstruction to protect women and girls right.
The coordinator said there were five areas the participants were expected to implement at their communities- Crisis management and disaster preparedness, protection and prosecution.
Others were partnership coordination and management, conflict early recovery and reconstruction and participation and representation.
According to her, the initial plan was that, the project was to be implemented in Funakaye LGA because the area was identified as a conflict prone area in the state.
She said but they had decided to change to Balanga because Funakaye lacked the skills needed for them to begin the implementation as intended.
She further said Balanga has advantage over Funakaye because, other organizations like UN-Women previously worked in that regard in in the area and they have existing local plan thereby making implementation easier.
Osakwe said, Balanga will now be the primary target and Funakaye will become the secondary beneficiaries.
She also said, apart from women mentors other local actors like traditional rulers security operatives State Emergency Management Board because they have role in security and peace building.
Earlier, Mrs Patience head of programmes WANEP Nigeria said WANEP is a regional organization with membership in 15 African countries including Nigeria.
She said the aim of the organization is to achieve peace building within communities in six states of the federation, Gombe inclusive.
She said they were working in five thematic areas which included Active non violence and peace education, women in peace building issue, good governance and Democractic Issues of early warning and response to crisis research and documentation.
“Also the aim is to sanitize stakeholders on the need to include women in the issue of peace and security within the communities as well as to develop local action plan on UN resolutions 1325 in Balanga”
“In doing this, ww must esure women were not left behind but carried along in all issues pertaining peace and security.(NAN)