Nigeria set to launch reviewed National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security

8th May 2017

Nigeria is set to -launch a revised   National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security which now accommodates new realities especially on the impact of the insurgency on women and girls. The event will hold on Tuesday May 9 2017, at the State House Banquet Hall, Aso Rock Abuja, by 9.00am.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 1325 in year 2000, acknowledging the under representation of women in peace processes and calling on member states to take action to rectify this. The resolution also acknowledged the disproportionate impact of violence on women especially in conflict contexts. Nigeria came on board in August of 2013 by launching her first National Action Plan (NAP) to domesticate UNSCR 1325 with the support of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) and UN Women.

Since then, Nigeria has domesticated the NAP in eight NSRP -supported states (namely Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Rivers and Yobe State.  states) which have State Action Plans (SAP). Additionally   two local government areas have Local Action Plans (LAP) , Wase in Plateau State and Faggae IN Kano State., Also established was a  multi-agency steering committee to drive the process and  nine civil society led WPS-N to monitor implementation.

The first NAP was developed with a three year lifespan which ended in August 2016.

The refreshed NAP outlines several platforms and modalities that will enable security agencies and relevant bodies to include women in the various facets of peace management and contribute to the development of inclusive peace architecture at the national, zonal and state levels. Additionally, it addresses emerging threats such as terrorism, violent extremism, and religious crisis as well as a monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework to keep track of implementation and facilitate easy reporting of violations.

The new NAP has five pillars including: (i) Prevention and Disaster Preparation; (ii) Participation and Representation (iii) Protection and Prosecution (iv) Crisis Management Early Recovery and Post Conflict Reconstruction and (v) Partnership Coordination and Management.

Manager for Women and Girls at NSRP Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, says,

“This second generation NAP, if properly funded and implemented will be instrumental to positively changing the lives of women and girls in Nigeria especially in post conflict reconstruction and in maintaining peace”.

NSRP has continued to support the Nigerian government to ensure the inclusion of women in peace building mechanisms and also the reduction of violence against women and girls. Our support continues to elicit commendation and recognition Nationally, Regionally and Internationally. For instance, in a recent visit to Nigeria by the United Nations Security Council, the work of the NSRP -supported WPSN in the areas of Women Peace and Security was applauded. Also, the WPS-Ns have recently been adopted by UN Office on West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) as the official working group, on peace and security in the region.

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