WEP ESTABLISHES SOLAR-POWERED DIGITAL CREATIVE LABS IN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Lack of skills coupled with the absence of opportunities for growth and development is a catalyst to violent extremism in communities. Young boys and girls without sustainable expertise and abilities are susceptible to be lured into perpetrating criminal and violent acts. As part of efforts to cushion the aggravation of young children in communities being radicalized and recruited into violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has established Solar-powered Digital/Creative Computer Laboratories in secondary schools across Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and kwande LGAs of Benue state.
                                 
This intervention is funded by Global Community for Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) on her PVE project “Connecting Women and Children in Violent Extremist prone areas through empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II”. The aim of these laboratories is to reduce the vulnerability of young boys and girls succumbing to violent extremist groups. It is expected that these facilities will harness the skill set of students in secondary schools and also offer computer skills, knowledge and training to them in a way that renders them useful to themselves and their communities while they are in and out of school. We believe enhanced skills will better the prospects of these young children and makes them less liable to recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism.
                           
                           

WEP SETS UP MENTORSHIP GROUPS FOR YOUTHS IN BENUE COMMUNITIES

Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is building the capacities of young men and women to become more resilient to radicalization to violent extremism by enhancing their sense of belonging and self-worth. WEP is effectively instilling a sense of purpose and providing guidance to these youths through monthly mentorship sessions in their communities.

            These meetings provide a platform for mentees to engage, learn, share knowledge and experiences from their everyday lives. They are imparted with skills and knowledge to build a purposeful life and cope with daily challenges. Participants are mentored to highly value diversity, unity and social justice in community development and nation building. We expect that these youths will be resistant to promote or perpetrate violence acts.

                                 

This mentorship programme is part of WEP’s intervention under the project “Connecting Women and Youth in Violent Extremist Prone Areas Through Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II” being implemented in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state with funding from Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).

                          

WEP ESTABLISHES PEACE CLUBS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The prevalent level of crime, violence and terrorism across the country today is a great concern. Insecurity has devastating impacts on community life particularly as peace is a prerequisite for development and social change. The porous state of existing security structures and the inadequacy of peace builders are continually fostering violence extremism in communities.
In line with her mandate to build safer and peaceful communities, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is nurturing young boys and girls as peace ambassadors to advocate for peace within and outside their communities. These young children are being trained on peace building in Peace Clubs set up in their schools. They are imparted with knowledge on lasting solutions to resolving conflicts. The peace clubs are expected to equip school children with the requisite attitude and skill to fight crime, shun violence, promote peace and resist extremist ideologies.
These peace clubs are running in various secondary schools across Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state. This initiative is an intervention under the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) funded PVE project “Connecting Women and Children in Violent Extremist prone areas through empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II”

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) MECHANISMS

Existing conflicts are prominent drivers of violence extremism. Extremist groups are known to leverage on grievances from existing conflicts within and outside communities to gain access and recruit members to violent sects to cause unrest.

In order to strengthen resilience to radicalization and recruitment to violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has built the capacities of locals from various communities in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state to resolve disputes without them escalating into violent confrontations that violent extremist groups can latch on to perpetrate violence and recruit young women and young men into their ranks. These Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms trainings highlighted the effectiveness of negotiation/mediation in resolving issues like land disputes, communal conflicts and border disputes without necessarily seeking litigation or starting conflicts.

            

Participants of these trainings comprised of local government administrators and traditional rulers. These trainings are a part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Benue state.

                 

 

 

WEP ORGANISES INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON PREVENTING VIOLENCE EXTREMISM IN BENUE COMMUNITIES

Over the years, there have been increased violent conflicts ranging from herdsmen & farmers clashes to kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, communal and inter-religious clashes with thousands of vulnerable population members killed and displaced without means of survival. These rampant acts of violence extremism and terrorism have affected mostly women, children, the aged and persons with special needs. The absence of peace resulting from these crises has caused huge imbalances in access to social, cultural, political, economic and development opportunities in several communities within Benue State.

     

In a bid to curb violent conflicts, build safer communities and prevent the spread of violent extremism, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) under her Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) funded PVE intervention in Benue state organized Interfaith Dialogues on Peace and PVE across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue state. These discussions featuring religious heads and believers from all faith were held in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Kwande and Logo LGAs.

         

The purpose of these meetings was to identify causes of inter-religious conflicts and enlighten participants on the need to co-exist and unite in tackling violence in their communities. At the end of the dialogue sessions, viable support structures were built across religious lines to strengthen and solidify peace in the communities.

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITIES ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY POLICING

Bringing law enforcement authorities and the public together to identify and address crime is paramount in the prevention of crime and violence in communities. This relationship between officers and locals has been fostered by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) through workshops on Community Policing and Neighbourhood Watch Best Practices. These trainings which involved community members and security agents across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue State are part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in the state.

The trainings are aimed at strengthening the capacities of communities to collaborate with security agencies through their security structures to address their security challenges, and also patrol regularly and engage with residents and strangers alike, instead of responding to crime only when it occurs thus entrenching community policing. Participants have been equipped with knowledge requisite for aiding investigation, reporting crime and the formation watch groups with maximum respect for human rights. The benefiting Local Government Areas are Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Kwande and Logo.

     

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITIES ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY POLICING

Bringing law enforcement authorities and the public together to identify and address crime is paramount in the prevention of crime and violence in communities. This relationship between officers and locals has been fostered by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) through workshops on Community Policing and Neighbourhood Watch Best Practices. These trainings which involved community members and security agents across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue State are part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in the state.

The trainings are aimed at strengthening the capacities of communities to collaborate with security agencies through their security structures to address their security challenges, and also patrol regularly and engage with residents and strangers alike, instead of responding to crime only when it occurs thus entrenching community policing. Participants have been equipped with knowledge requisite for aiding investigation, reporting crime and the formation watch groups with maximum respect for human rights. The benefiting Local Government Areas are Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Kwande and Logo.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEP SENSITIZES COMMUNITIES ON COVID-19 AND TRAINS LOCALS TO PRODUCE FACE MASKS & HAND SANITIZERS.

The rapidly increasing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) poses great threat to lives in rural communities due to the inadequacy of health care facilities as well as the absence of essential skills to fight the virus. In her bid to flatten the curve, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) under her GCERF funded PVE project “Connecting Women and Children in Violent Extremist prone areas through empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II” organized sensitization and awareness creation campaigns on COVID-19 in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state.

The sensitization campaigns featured Traditional rulers, Religious leaders and town-criers. The awareness creation was aimed at bridging the knowledge gap on COVID-19 to ensure that all the necessary preventive and protective measures are understood and adhered to. The ambiguities surrounding the causes, cure, prevention and spread of the virus were cleared. Participants were provided with face masks, hand sanitizers, as well as pamphlets and posters with information to help community members protect themselves and others from infection by washing their hands or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer frequently and not touching their faces, practice social distancing where possible and self-isolate if they start to show symptoms such as: fever, tiredness, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, aches and pains.

       

 

Also, young men and women in these communities were trained to produce face masks and hand sanitizers for distribution to vulnerable population members free of charge. This livelihood training is to serve as a means to alleviate hardship caused by the shutdown of economic activities during the pandemic period.

Achieving Gender Equality in Africa. Women2030 Africa Regional Report

This publication compiles the results of gender assessments and Sustainable Development Goals’ policy monitoring by the Women2030 partners in Africa in the following countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tchad, Liberia and Tunisia.

The gender assessments and policy monitoring carried out by Women2030 partners assessed the situation of women in the target countries regarding political participation, violence against women, re-distributive and economic justice, climate and environmental justice and gender stereotypes.

The report highlights where Africa stands on the realization of gender equality through the lens of community-based data gathered by Women2030 partners.

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