The need for women’s participation in peace-making and peacekeeping has been recognized by the international community through United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. This Resolution calls on UN member states, all parties to armed conflict and other civil society actors to ensure a gender perspective in conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peace building. Among other priorities, it seeks to ensure the equal and full participation of women in all peace processes, and attention to the special needs of women and girls in post-conflict recovery.
The Interfaith Forum of Muslim and Christian Women’s Associations (Women’s Interfaith Council – WIC) is very much aware of the urgent need to find ways to better implement this Resolution in Nigeria. To this effect, the Interfaith Forum hosted a seminar on the theme: UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, held in Kaduna on the 16th April 2013. All Security Agencies in Kaduna state participated in the Seminar as well as Muslim and Christian women representing all the women’s faith groups in the state. The talks were given by Dr. Lydia Umar and Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf.
The Seminar was an opportunity for the voice of women and the voice of the top security agencies to meet, as they seldom do, and to share ideas and perspectives on how women of faith in Kaduna might be more involved in security measures (planning and implementation) in line with UNSCR 1325.
Attached the Communiqué issued by the Women’s Interfaith Council as a result of the Seminar. The women’s faith groups in Kaduna state are committed to making the contents of this communiqué known and doing all within their power to help with its implementation through their faith groups.
Read the complete Communique here.