The Adamawa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (SMWAS&D), through funding from the European Union, in partnership with UN Women, UNICEF, UNDP, WANEP-IPCR, SFCG, and the Government of Adamawa State, is working tirelessly in order to enlist their support towards the passage of the proposed Adamawa Equal Opportunities Bill into Law.
It is however in this regards that a 2-day workshop was set aside to build the capacity on the Adamawa Equal Opportunities Law, and on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The training was strategically organised, to enhance the capacity of staff of different Ministries and Departments that would be posted to the Gender/Special Rights Agency in Adamawa State.
The programme was conducted at Admiral Murtala Nyako Center with over 25 participants drawn from various organisation such as People Living with Disabilities, CAN, Muslim Council, FIDA, Media, Women Organizations, CSOs, NGOs, and relevant MDAs etc.
Barr. Nari Welye a Lecturer with College for Legal Studies Yola was one of the facilitators. She gave an over view of UNSCR 1325 stated that the resolution is all about women’s participation in all conflict related issues because it was a reality that the impact of conflicts on women and girls is usually unimaginable, and it was the reason Resolution 1325 was passed by the UN General Assembly. She also mentioned that, the National Action Plan (NAP) and the Adamawa State Action Plan (ASAP), were ratification and domestication of Resolution 1325 in Nigeria and Adamawa State, respectively.
Barr. Welye further enumerated the five pillars of UNSCR 1325 which are prevention, participation, protection, promotion and prosecution. She also mentioned that the Women Peace and Security Programme, currently being implemented by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry f Women affairs and other stakeholders was to enhance a conducive atmosphere for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Nigeria.
The second presentation was made by Barr. Ashiyanti Ananze, of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, who spoke on the provisions of the proposed Equal Opportunities Law in Adamawa state. In addition, he said that there were ongoing efforts to present the Bill to the Adamawa House of Assembly. He explained that a Committee was set up to go through the Bill to make appropriate suggestions for the implementation. Thereafter, participants made their own comments and suggestion about the proposed law, and these were responses accordingly.
On the other hand, the Gender Technician Adviser (GTA), UN Women Adamawa State, Dr Titus Orngu stated that, the Special Rights Agency was proposed by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, (Silas Bala Sangá) and that it was a collaboration between the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Health and other government MDAs. He also mentioned that, according to the A.G. the Agency will have the mandate of promoting and protecting the rights of: women, girls and children, people with disability, and human rights. He further reiterated that same staff from the line Ministries like; Justice, Women Affairs, Information and Health etc., will be posted to the Agency, for the purposes of sustainability.
Dr Orngu presented some activities and events recorded in the state on the WPS Programme which include; Advocacy march to the State House of Assembly, Advocacy march to the State Government House, development of SAP (State Action Plan) by Members of the Executive Council, Meetings with Traditional and religious leaders etc. He also mentioned some challenges faced by the UN women thus; Volatile security challenges, Challenges with timely re-imbursements.
The Chairperson Adamawa State Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Fatima Abba Jimeta, in her contribution announced that the centre has the mandate to support victims of sexual assault, especially women and girls. She stated that the centre has recorded two (2) cases of boys who were sexually assaulted by some men and that the medical services being rendered in the centre is free of charge. She also mentioned that, there were Psycho-social therapist who were saddled with the responsibility of providing free counselling to victims of sexual assault in the state.
Barr. Fatima, further announced that according to the Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Adamawa State BSD Sanga, the least punishment for a rapist was twenty one (21) years imprisonment and maximum life imprisonment. She solicited support from the people of Adamawa state to enable the Agency do its job effectively. Barrister Fatima charged parents to shy away from being stigmatized and report rape cases as soon as it occurred.
Closing remarks by the Director Rehabilitation, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr Edward Aydzuwa, thanked the participants for attending the training and called on them to take messages on proposed Adamawa Equal Opportunities Law to their various organizations.
Remarks by a representative of Search for Common Ground, Fatima Madaki stressed on the need for networking among the participants as they are representatives of various organizations. She added that Search for Common Ground was in support of any programme that will promote peace and security in the state.Do you ever witness news, videos, articles, or photos that you believe it's good and rich for our blog?, or do you have a true life story that you would want us to feature on our blog; Adamawa Celebrities News? Kindly submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us now via Email: email@example.com, or WhatsApp: 08051600130Connect on Social Media: @adamawacelebrities