Stakeholders have called for the inclusion of women in the reintegration, reconciliation and rehabilitation process in the North East states ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency to achieve better results.
They made the call in Abuja yesterday during a two-day forum on ‘Women in Reconciliation and Reintegration in North East Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue with the support of International Organization for Migration IOM and UN Women.
Country and Programme Manager of Humanitarian Dialogue Nigeria, Millicent Lewis Ojumu, said: “In our own experience, we’ve seen that when women are involved as peace makers, they really do work assiduously in taking the message of peace to the communities. They’re effective peace makers.
Country Director of UN Women, Comfort Lamptey, also stressed the need for greater women participation.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said women and girls remained the most affected by negative impacts of violent conflicts and insecurity, hence the need for them to be integrated into the peace building processes at all levels.
Participants at the event were drawn from Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Plateau and Benue States.