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Toyin Saraki: Swifter Responses Needed To Guarantee Safety of Women

Wellbeing Foundation Africa joins National Consultation on Women, Peace and Security in Abuja

This week the Wellbeing Foundation Africa joined the British High Commission in Abuja, Gender Action for Peace and Security in the UK, Women For Women International, Women Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) and other civil society experts at the National Consultation on International Commitments and Priorities for action on the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2020.

The aim of the consultation was to reflect on women, peace and security in Nigeria and to develop clear recommendations for the UK Government and the wider international community for action.

Catriona Laing CB, British High Commissioner to Nigeria

Mrs Amy Oyekunle, CEO Wellbeing Foundation Africa

Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, commented following the consultation meeting:

"I am pleased the Wellbeing Foundation Africa can bring its experience to bear on global policy for women, peace and security. Reflecting on the plight of the still-missing Chibok school girls, Leah Sharibu and all victims of forced disappearances, my hope is that these consultations will yield a sound global strategy for swifter responses in all circumstances."

“With the 20th anniversary of the resolution next year, nation states have the responsibility to ensure adherence to this resolution to increase the direct participation of women in conflict resolution, and incorporate gender perspectives into all peace and security efforts.”

“I commend the Gender Action for Peace and Security in the UK (GAPS), the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) and the British High Commission in Abuja for their partnership and action at a time when the security of women and our nation is paramount.”

Acknowledging key civil society partners including H.E Toyin Ojora Saraki and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, the British High Commissioner Catriona Laing stated:

"One of the areas we are working on with the Nigerian Government is the passage of Gender and equal opportunity bill. And we are hopeful it will be passed into law soon, to ensure an extensive legal framework that caters for the security, justice and wellbeing of women and girls across the country. "

The Security Council adopted the resolution on women, peace and security on 31 October 2000. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. Resolution 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.

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