The United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 has identified that amplifying women voices in Nigeria is key to sustainable peace, security and economic development.
Speaking at a two-day training on allowing for women’s voices for implementing the UNSCR 1325, Program, the Coordinator Global Network of Women Peace builders (GNMP) Agnieszka Santors said there is need to increase the awareness, especially among journalists.
The objectives behind training journalists, she said was to raise both national and local journalists and media practitioners awareness on the role of women in peace, security and promoting it. ”We want to increase capacity of journalists to report on the implementation of the WPS agenda in engaging way and to contribute to its implementation.
Also speaking was the National coordinator West Africa Network for Peace builders (WANEP) Bridget Osakwe who said the workshop was organised by GNWP in partnership with WANEP Nigeria, with support from Global Affairs Canada to boost the capacity on reporting issues that involve women and children security. Presenting a paper title media landscape and media architecture in Nigeria, Senator Iroegbu said women should be seen as change agents in Nigerian society. He pointed out that only women can help bring about the desired change people have been yearning for globally especially in security and decision making situations. He promised that they would also set agenda for policy makers and re-shaped public perception on reality issues, adding that Women needs to speak out on issues that is bothering them. He described a country without functional journalism practice is like a beautiful car without fuel, while recommending that women should be given more opportunity in the media profession.
Toun Sonaiya, managing director, chief executive officer and co-founder of first indigenous women radio station in West Africa said that, “We are saying vote for women, no violence against women, allow women to come out on the day of election to cast their votes and be voted for freely.”
She said journalists need to take issue bothering women and give them strategic position so that they can air out their voices on issues of nation development. Sonaiya said, women ought to be carried along in terms of national decision making, planning and they should be seen as heroes in peace building of the nation.