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Group urge journalists to advocate for women’s role in peace, security

Group urge journalists to advocate for women’s role in peace, security

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Bauchi state Implementation Committee (SIC) for women peace and security has urged journalists to advocates for the roles of women in peace and security.

Mrs Mary Kefas, Director at National Orientation Agency (NOA) a member of the committee made the call at the one day workshop for journalists.

On women participation in decision making organised by international Alert Nigeria on Tuesday in Bauchi.

She said Journalists play a key role in the implementation of policies.

“They can bring the resolutions to the local communities and provide the people with information to hold governments accountable.

“They also have the power to change narratives about women’s roles in peace and security,

“By highlighting their leadership and contributions, instead of portraying them as helpless victims,” She said

On her part , Mrs Jennifer Manmark the Bauchi state coordinator International Alert Nigeria said her Organization is an independent international peacebuilding organization,

“Operating programs with a mission to build a more peaceful world by: working with people directly affected by conflict to find peaceful solutions;

“Shaping policies and practices to support peace; and collaborating with those striving for peace,” she said

Manmark explained that international alert Nigeria is part of the state Implementation Committee to fast track the need to involved women in decision making.

She Stressed that the essence of the workshop was to effectively tap into the power of the media to advance the women and peace and security agenda.

“As part of its effort to support implementation of the committee and meaningful participation of women in peace processes in the state

The committee organized a media trainings on “Media and Gender Equality in Conflict and Peace Process”.

“The aim of the training was to increase the awareness of journalists about their roles in supporting gender equality, women’s meaningful participation,” she said.

In a remark, Malam Umar Said ,The Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists Bauchi Council said the training will encourage and equip members to bring out the ingredients on the need for women to be part of the process of peace resolution.

“Decision making as well as contributing to conflict resolution in the state and nation as a whole,” he said.

He stressed the importance of equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security.

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