On September 7 2017, women from across Nigeria met in Abuja to discuss the need:
1. for a platform (NGWomen4Peace) for women to voice their concerns about key issues which negatively impact on us, our children and our families and
2. to organise women to promote a stronger sense of ownership and belonging in the country and build our confidence to contribute positively to making a difference to the trajectory of our country.
#NGWomen4Peace is a coalition of women representing all parts of Nigeria concerned with the current state of affairs and focused on ensuring that Nigeria remains a country of peace, prosperity and participation for all.
We have observed the following:
• An increased wave of hate speech,
• Numerous inciting statements,
• Increased spate of violent conflicts around the country,
• That women, who bear the brunt of the violent conflict, are generally not consulted when ethnic, religious and political groups publish their statements which threaten the peace and security of Nigerians.
We acknowledge the efforts of the security sector, the humanitarian community, CSO, religious and traditional authorities and individuals who are trying to manage the problem.
Our demands are:
• Zero tolerance for hate speech while promoting and protecting freedom of expression;
• The engagement of women in governance processes in the public and private sector as well as peace building and conflict resolution platforms.
• That ethnic, religious and political groups refrain from making blanket statements purporting to represent us without due consultation with us. We want all Nigerians to know that when these provocative statements are being made – these groups are not speaking for Nigerian women
• That we all work together for a better future for our country by promoting the ideal that we are our brothers and sisters keeper.
We live in hope for a better Nigeria where every individual has equal opportunities to be the best they can be for themselves and their communities. Nothing good comes without hard work and sacrifice but we, Nigerian women, declare that we can and must build the country of our dreams without sacrificing the lives of innocents.
Iheoma Obibi – Alliances for Africa
Esther Eshiet – After School Centre for Career Development
Mabel Ikoghode – Girls Power Initiative
Dr. Alice Musa – University of Madugiri
Dr. K. Kwari – University of Madugiri
Ayisha Osori- Self
Azeenah Mohamed – Independent
Patricia Onyekwelu – WILPF Nigeria
Ifeyinwa Omowole Nigeria Association of Women Journalist
Ballason Gloria – House of Justice Kaduna
Ogechi Ikeh – Nigerian Feminist Forum
Anuonye Ihuoma – Alliances for Africa
Osai Ojigho – Self
Nnenaya Emeremadu – CARA Development Foundation
Jemila Barkindo – Women Peace and Security Network
Amy Oyekan Monii Development Consultant
Ify Malo – Clean Tech Hub
Eleanor Nwadinobi – Gender Expert
Olufunke Baruwa – Nigerian Women Trust Fund
Priscilla Achakpa – Women Environment Program
Damaris Uja – Women Environment Program
Blessing Usie – Open Society Justice Initiative
Felicia Onibon – Change Managers International Network
Susan Odemwingie – Change Managers International Network
Edna Mathews-Njoku – Joel Women Youth Development Initiative
Teina Teibowei – Power for All
Ndi Kato – NNidari Empowernment Foundation
Natasha Akpoti – Builders Hub Foundation
Lesley Agams – Consultant
Mariam Aldu – Self
Blessing Duru – Alliances for Africa