NGO Canvases for Women Participation in Decision Making Processes for Peace and Security

By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

An NGO, International Alert have described women’s participation in decision making processes at the State, Community and home level as a panacea for human capital development.

Bauchi state manager of International Alert Jennifer Dashe said this on Friday, at a town hall meeting organized for caregivers, traditional leaders and security agents in Limam Katagum Community of Bauchi Local Government Area , under the ‘He for She Component of the Project.

According to her, if men promote and support women’s participation in decision making processes in a given environment, the women could contribute immensely towards building peace in the society within and outside their immediate communities.

In a remark at the meeting, the village head of Liman Katagum Village in Bauchi state, Yakubu Abubakar Ghani welcomed the idea of the meeting which he described as timely.

The village head commended the project and promised to key into it, pointing out that women nurture children hence they have pivotal role in decision making in the family.

He added that if women are involve in decision making, they could help to train their children and rehabilitate the delinquent ones thereby restoring peace in the society.

On his part, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Area, Umar Mahmuda who expressed the commitment of the division in tackling gender violence in the community, asked women to be reporting gender violence and rape cases to the police so they could respond promptly.

Earlier on, the chairman of the Bauchi state Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC) Jinjiri Garba said the objective of the meeting was to discuss how to involve women in decision making.

He opined that decision making with women would help in not only promoting peace in the society but improving home management.

The town hall meeting has as it’s theme “Addressing Patriarchal Gender Norms and the Construction of Masculinities in Conflict Affected Sitting” and attracted participants from traditional institutions, police, women groups and the media.

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