Commemoration of UNSCR-1325 2Oth Anniversary: Minister of Women Affairs Appeals to Nigerian Youths

The Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to Nigerian youths to give government some time to address the issues raised by the #EndSARS protest. The minister who spoke during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UNSCR-1325 in Abuja said she was heartbroken at the loss of lives of vibrant persons who had hope in a vibrant justice system and prayed for a peaceful resolution to the impasse.
Describing the UNSCR- 1325 as a “ground breaking resolution that recognized that armed conflict impacts women differently from men” she called on states that are yet to domesticate the National action plan to do so given its role in ensuring sustainable peace.
The Minister said a review of the second national plan on the UNSCR which had elapsed will commence in November and will provide a frame work for the third national action plan. She pointed to increasing inclusion of women in the military as a pointer to the progress made so far adding that at the recent Independence celebration in Nigeria, the representation of men and women at the parade was 50/50.
The UN country rep to Nigeria Ms Comfort Lamprey who congratulated Nigeria for being one of the leading countries in deploying women to peace keeping missions expressed hope that the third action plan would soon be put in place and would address fresh emerging issues.
Pledging the UN’s support to ensure implementation of the UNSCR in Nigeria, she urged that priority be given to the role of women in the reform of the security institutions in Nigeria.
She recognized as part of the achievements of the first and second working plan, the” breaking of descriminatory culture” which has resulted in increase form zero participation of women in the traditional councils in Adamawa, plateau and Gombe to 486, 107 and 246 respectively.
The Gender adviser in the Defense headquarters, Brigadier General Christiana Thomas who commended the minister for her role in peace building especially in the recent conflict in the country said the DHQ presently ensures female personnel are actively engaged in all aspects of military operations. According to her,efforts are still on to ensure increased number of female personnel to give room for more female participation and to allow women “aspire to the peak of their career without limitations’.
The Senior special adviser to the President on administration and women, a former Minister of women affairs ,Dr Hajio Sani referred to the role of women in peace keeping as traditional and commended the Minister for going down to states to intervene in the recent Crisis. She buttresed the fact that African women look up to Nigerian women with the fact that the African First Ladies secretariat and its leadership has been in Nigeria over the years.
Goodwill messages poured in from those who joined the event virtually like WANEP as well as development partners physically present like the African Union represented by Dr Tunji Asaolu and Mercy Corps represented by Maurice Amallo. both organizations promised increasing support in achieving the resolution’s implementation.
High point of the event was the signing of a memorandum of understanding witnessed by all present.
The UNSCR-1325 resolution is hinged on prevention,participation, protection and peace building.

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