Nigerian women from different walks of life will next Wednesday and Thursday, (November 24th and 25th) converge on Abuja for the second edition of the Annual Women Conference to brainstorm on how to curb the rising insecurity and insurgency in Nigeria.
Tagged “Women Peace and Security, Perspective on Inclusion, Issues and Progress”, the conference will address the surge of insecurity and crime across the country, especially as it affects women and girls.
For two years running, donor agency, Action Aid Nigeria, with support from Global Affairs Canada, brings Nigerian women together, to brainstorm, relate, and discuss on issues that connect them as women.
The Women’s conference which is an offshoot of the Women’s Voice and Leadership- Nigeria Project (WVL) by Action Aid Nigeria, brings together over 130 women and human rights organizations to brainstorm on tackling the barriers to gender equality and supporting the empowerment of women and girls through provision of technical and financial resources to local women’s rights organisations and their networks.
A statement signed by the representatives of the organisers, Angela Nkwo and Ijeoma Oguamanam, the Imo State chapter of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), the Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF), and Women Empowerment Education and Peace Building Initiative (WEPBI) co-planned this year’s event.
According to them, part of the objectives of the conference include to drive conversations for a clear women agenda to address the security challenges and its impact, thereby increasing women’s rights and curbing violence against women.
It is expected that at the end of the two-day conference, there will be increased effectiveness of national women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the conference will chart a way forward for a clear women agenda for addressing the security challenges and their impact; the increasing cases of violence against women and girls and the acceleration of gender equality for an inclusive society.
Some of the speakers expected include the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen; the Country Director of Action Aid Nigeria, Mrs. Ene Obi; Executive Director of Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, Mrs. Bunmi Dipo-Salami.
The conference participants will also build the capacity of 350 women on political participation and build constituencies for equality and justice, women’s movement building strategies and empowerment and on women peace and security ahead of the general elections.
Others issues for discussion include the development of effective strategies that will ensure the peaceful existence and safety of women and girls in Nigeria, strengthened voices of women to challenge oppressive practices and human rights violation, improved respect for the human rights of women and girls, and the advancement of gender equality in Nigeria.
This year’s conference will hold at Residency Hotel, Guzape, Abuja.