Women rights activist have launched a platform to promote their participation in mediation and peace processes during conflicts.
The platform tagged ‘NIGERIA WOMEN MEDIATORS COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE’ was put together by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, a non governmental organisation.
Launching the initiative in Abuja, the Country Director, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Dr Joy Onyesoh explained that the Nigeria Women Mediators Collaborative Network is aimed at addressing the gap of women’s participation in mediation and peace processes and to enhance women’s capacity and opportunity to mediate in conflicts.
Dr. Onyesoh who stressed the devastating effects of conflict on women, promised that the platform would provide training for them to acquire mediation skills.
A former minister of women affairs Mrs Josephine Anenih in a presentation called on governments at all levels to always involved women whole seeking and implementing solutions to social problems.
” there is no solution to Nigeria’s problems without women ” she said.
A gender and human rights expert, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi urged the government to always appoint women to sensitive committes for the progress of the nation.
Dr Remi Ajidewa of ECOWAS pleaded the body’s commitment to building the capacity of women to assist in ending conflicts around the sub region.
Two books entitled, Barriers Faced By Women Candidates In Party Primaries In March 2019 And Gender Sensitive Reporting In The 2019 Elections were distributed to participants at the launch.