PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN BENUE STATE

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Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has continued with her interventions aimed at Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and helping communities build resilience to violent extremist activities under the project “Connecting Women and Youth in Violent Extremist Prone Areas Through Empowerment and Skills Acquisition in Benue State.” The implementation of this project commenced since December, 2016.

The project which is been piloted in four Local Government Areas of Benue State (Ado, Agatu, Kwande and Logo) continued with series of activities including dialogue sessions between herdsmen and farmers, trainings for communities on preventing violent extremism as well as trainings aimed at preventing the recruitment and radicalization of in-school youth and community policing.

These interventions saw communities engaged in meaningful and peaceful dialogue with one another, gather skills that will enable them police their borders, learn effective methods for engaging themselves peacefully and adopting alternative dispute resolution (ADR) approaches in resolving grievances with the aim of entrenching peace and preventing the spread of violent extremism.

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Participants at a Training on Community Policing at Ugba in Logo LG of Benue State on 14th May, 2017
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Training for women in Ado Local Government, Benue State on their roles in preventing violent extremism. The training for women, teachers, media and community leaders in this Local Government took place between 21 – 27 May, 2017
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Engagement with teachers on their roles in preventing violent extremism in Agatu Local Government of Benue State
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Women in a group exercise during the dialogue session between farmers and herdsmen in Agatu Local Government in Benue State
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Dialogue session between farmers and herdsmen in Logo Local Government, Benue State on 10th of May, 2017
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