2023: UN Women begins Phase II programme in Gombe State
Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe
The United Nations Women has begun its Phase II Programme in Gombe State, designed to consolidate the gains made from the Phase I and other Women in Peace and Security projects it implemented in the state. The programme aims mainly to ensure the full participation of Gombe Women in the 2023 elections.
The 3-Year initiative, from 2022 to 2024, will focus on Women, Peace, and Security in Nigeria in Gombe State and women’s participation in Peace and Security projects.
The Programme’s Specialist, Women, Peace, and Security, Mr. Peter Mancha, said this during a media workshop to document the achievements and best practices recorded by the media network.
While supporting Gombe State in meeting their commitments to the United Nations Resolution, UNSCR 1325, and the localisation of the State Action Plan at the state and local government levels.
Mancha added the programme would provide technical support for the network to develop an action plan of activities and strengthen coordination with the State Ministry of Women Affairs, among others.
According to him, it will focus on developing Nigeria’s 3rd NAP and legislative engagement on Women in Peace and Security, as well as women’s Leadership and political participation and Women Mediation Programme, Approaches.
Mr. Mancha said the programme was designed to achieve a more peaceful and gender-equal society by creating an environment conducive to implementing internationally agreed Women in Peace and Security commitments by strengthening policy frameworks, capacity, coordination for conflict prevention, and sustainable peace.
In Gombe State, he said the UN Women Programme intended to ensure that passaging the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, GEOB, in Gombe State while working with women leaders and mediators to advocate for their increased representation.
This includes that of young women and the prevention of violence against women in the elections.
As secondary beneficiaries, Mr. Mancha said that Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa, and Gombe States would receive technical support, Inter-State engagements, and lighter programming.
In contrast, Kaduna and Plateau, being the primary beneficiaries, would be supported through an integrated programming approach and heavy programming.
He said that at the end of the three-year programme, Government institutions at the Federal and State levels were expected to be strengthened to provide strategic leadership, effectively coordinate the development and localisation of Nigeria’s 3rd NAP, and update State-level Action Plans on WPS.