Delegation of the European Union to Ecuador

Promoting Women's Engagement in Peace and Stability in Northern Nigeria

03/01/2019 - 16:11
Conflict Response

The overall objective is to support the Government of Nigeria in promoting women’s engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria. The specific objective is to enhance women’s participation in peace building, emphasizing the importance of women for development and peace stability, in three selected pilot states and at Federal level.



Expected Results:

  • Gendered design and implementation of peace architecture, including forums for dialogue, early warning systems and rapid response mechanisms for conflict resolution;
  • Enhanced community peace-making capacities of women;
  • Improved local capacity to monitor, report and document human rights situations affecting girls and women in 4 States in Northern Nigeria as well as improved response to specific needs/concerns of vulnerable women and girls;
  • Selective, participatory social mobilization (review of social norms) developed and implemented to prevent and mitigate risks and threats of gender-based violence in conflict context;
  • Enhanced implementation of relevant UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 National Plan of Action on Women Peace and Security at Federal level and in the selected States. 

Main activities:

  • Undertake detailed assessment of situation at LGA level in each State, gathering information to set baseline indicators and success targets;
  • Review existing State-level peace architecture from a gender and human rights perspective, propose and advocate changes to meet gaps or deficiencies identified, ensuring a gender-sensitive and gender-responsive approach;
  • Advocate in favour of increased numbers of women elected or appointed to positions of authority, particularly in regard to peace and security issues;
  • Identification, training and mentoring of key individual women leaders in the community to participate successfully in the mechanisms of the peace architecture, and to form the basis of a networked cadre of women peace activists.  

Main Accomplishments to date:

  • The building blocks (formal and informal institutions/structures and individuals) for gender integration in peace architecture in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States have been identified, with stakeholders fully engaged;
  • The Network of Women Peace Mentors for the WPS Programme in Northern Nigeria established in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States, with 121 members.
  • The state peace architecture in the three states of Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe have been launched and the state action plans for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 have also been launched.
  • The coordination mechanism for child protection in emergencies is operational and effective at the national level and in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno State, ensuring greater coverage of services and support for children affected by the conflict and avoiding duplication of efforts.
  • Capacity of child protection officers, social workers and police on child protection in emergencies strengthened.
  • As at June 2018, a total of 66,052 children (34.096 boys and 31.956 girls) impacted by the conflict were reached with psychosocial support services in Adamawa to help them recover through 41 child friendly spaces.
  • A vision for child protection and the components of a child protection system in Nigeria was agreed on by nine states, including Gombe and Plateau States that formed the Child Protection Systems Strengthening Learning Group. The Learning Group developed a model M&E framework for child protection systems and corresponding draft state frameworks and action plans. An IMS and case management Government led framework was also agreed among participants’ states.  


Source of funds: 10th EDF (CRIS ref: 2013/024-240)

Total budget (EUR):  10M

Implementing period:  4 years (2014 - 2018)

Implementing organization:  UN Women

Geographical region:  Northern Nigeria (Adamawa, Plateau, Gombe)

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