NIGERIA, just like so many countries of the world, is today facing some security challenges, which pose adverse effect on the socio-economic and political development of nations, communities and families. All over the world, the regular occurrence of conflicts has posed a major obstacle to peaceful co-existence, with the victims mostly women and children.
In a renewed effort to empower, mobilize and increase the participation of women in peace-building processes in Nigeria, a National Retreat on Women Development, Peace and National Transformation held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state to fashion out alternative peace building mechanism that can effectively use the existing gender-based structures
Speaking at the event, the Convener of the Retreat, and Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan noted that women as agents of transformation would contribute meaningfully to the sustenance of peace in Nigeria and called for inclusion of women in peace building process and conflict resolution in the country. Mrs. Jonathan who observed that the maintenance of peace and security in Nigeria remains one of the collective desires of most Nigerian citizens urged Nigerian women to carry out their roles as Peace Advocates in their families, communities, Local Government Councils and States to prepare
While stressing the need to reposition and empower women to be more effective in conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, Patience Jonathan also said that key women in political, social and economic leadership should be mobilized for peace, security and national development.