WEP CELEBRATES 2017 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED)

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World Environment Day (WED) which falls on June 5 of every year was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It is a day set aside by the international community to celebrate nature. WED has since served as a global platform to raise awareness on environmental issues with plans to mitigate these issues.

To commemorate the 2017 WED, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign in collaboration with The Osasu Show and Women Environmental Programme (WEP) in line with the 2017 WED theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’, put together an event at the  Millennium Park, Abuja, to assess the current state of the environment and its impact on human development, link environmental actions to the achievement of the SDGs, and proffer policy, legal and institutional interventions necessary for preserving and protecting the environment for future generations.

Thereafter the conversation moved to the National Assembly where the Senate and House Committees on SDGs deliberated on best practices that will aide Nigeria in achieving the SDGs by 2030.

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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

WEP BENEFITS FROM NIGERIAN ARMY PEACEKEEPING TRAININGS

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The Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre Jaji-Kaduna has continued to extend her trainings to WEP, the gesture has built the capacity of staff of the organization in various conflict management and peace building approaches. In this second quarter of the year, two staff benefited from the training; Amazemba Theophilus Ternenge participated in the Civilian-Military Coordination (CIMIC) Course/14/17, which was held from 19 May to 2 June, 2017 and Uja Damaris Nguumbur participated in the Protection of Civilians (POC) Course 14/17 held from 9 to 23 June, 2017.

The Courses are designed based on the context of the full-spectrum UN Peace Operations, paying particular attention to military support to humanitarian assistance to civilians in armed conflict and peace building. They explore the practical application of the strategic ideas at the operational and tactical levels which pays particular attention to civil-military relations and transition management through civil assistance including the protection of civilians.

This helps participants to gain a greater appreciation of how UN peace operations work in the field, serves as a primer for scenario-based, table top exercise learning platforms tailored for specific audiences, missions, and circumstances. In all, this experience is to be reckoned with, as it enhances a very cordial and social interaction between the civilians, Para-military and the military, people of different cultural background and values, religion and language. The POC and CIMIC activities are truly imbedded in the ability to respect diversity for all, which is an outstanding principle of conduct for peacekeepers on mission.

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Damaris Uja receiving POC certificate from the Ag Commandant of
NAPKC Brigadier General A.M. Dauda

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Amazemba Theophilus Ternenge making a presentation in class during  Civilian-Military Coordination (CIMIC) Course/14/17

WEP SENSITIZE STUDENTS OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL APO LEGISLATIVE QUARTERS ON MENSTRUAL HYGIENE TO MARK THE 2017 MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT DAY

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Menstruation is every woman and every woman is menstruation, it is a normal biological process and a key sign of reproduction. Yet in some cultures women are made to see Menstruation as dirty and shameful; to the extent that young girls sometimes miss school due to the myth around menstruation.

The continuous silence around menstruation coupled with limited access to information at home and schools have not helped young girls and women who in most cases have to tackle the emotions and hygiene issues around menstruation all by themselves. This has left many of them with little or no knowledge of what happens to their bodies during menstruation.

Studies carried out by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) through its members in some States in Nigeria in 2016 showed some women believing menstruation myths as some kind of sickness and blood flows from the stomach and not uterus. Faced with challenges such as taboos, limited access to affordable hygienic sanitation materials, disposable options as well as rejection by spouses and society during menstruation; women and girls may not be able to manage their period safely.  These challenges are further exacerbated by insufficient access to safe and private toilets as well as lack of clean water and soap especially in the communities.

Effective management of menstruation starts with education and this brings us to this year’s theme “Education about Menstruation Changes Everything” which advocates for education about menstruation hygiene changing everything; changing every negative perception ought to be all inclusive – involving men, women, boys and girls. All should know that menstruation is not a taboo and the wrong myths attached to it should be deterred.

The education should be such that portends it for what it is- Pride of womanhood. For when all stakeholders understand menstruation, the shame a woman feels while on her period will be dealt with and when a girl in school is stained by blood instead of being mocked – a boy will gently tap her and communicate to her and she will without shame appreciate and go for a change. This will ensure better management of menstruation. Is this possible?

Yes, it was on this background that Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) in collaboration with Women Environmental Programme (WEP) carried out education awareness on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to enlighten the students of Government Junior Secondary School Apo Legislative Quarters on 30th May, 2017, to mark this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day. They also called on government and policy makers to;

Promote women’s right to economic and productive resources by supporting the share of free sanitary pads in the same spirit they support sharing of condoms.

Provide education on menstrual hygiene so that women and girls feel confident and are empowered to make informed decisions about how to manage their menstruation.

Integrate menstrual hygiene education into national school curriculum, policies and programmes for adolescents.

Provide water and sanitation facilities in schools, public and work places so that women and girls can manage their menstrual flow hygienically.

WEP AT THE 2017 AFRICAN REGIONAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, convened the third session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 17 to 19 May 2017, in preparation for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017, to be held in New York from 10 to 19 July 2017. The theme for the Regional Forum was “Ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for all”. This theme is well aligned with that of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017: “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. 

Since 2015, the Africa Regional Forum has been convened on an annual basis in Africa to undertake follow-up to and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063. The Forum promotes coordination and coherence, learning and sharing of best practices. It therefore serves as an important mechanism, not only for tracking progress in implementation, but also for keeping all the stakeholders in Africa mobilized and engaged to strengthen their commitment to concerted action, and to garner international support for efforts to translate the Sustainable Development Goals and aspiration of Agenda 2063 into measurable and shared prosperity that benefits the planet and its people.

The third session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development undertook in-depth review of the implementation of the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017, under the following corresponding sub-themes:

  1. Eradicating all forms of poverty in Africa
  2. Ending hunger and achieving food security in Africa
  • Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
  1. Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
  2. Building resilient infrastructure and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and innovation
  3. Conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The Forum was attended by high-level representatives of Governments, intergovernmental bodies, major groups and other stakeholders; United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, and other International Organizations. Women Environmental Programme (WEP) as a Major Group was represented by her Executive Director Priscilla Achakpa and Damaris Uja, Programme Officer.

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