Promoting equitable engagement of Women in peace building and improving community policing relations has been identified as a vital aspect of security.
Director Programs, Partners for West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) Ms Sia Iscandari made the assertion during the opening ceremony of a 3 day capacity building workshop for Mixed Observers Teams (MOTs) in Minna, the Niger state capital.
Iscandari stated that establishing the MOTs will give more women access to law and raise the profile of women participation in safety and security bothnqs members of the community and security personnels.
She added that, the MOTs will be trained to recognize, prevent and respond to incidences of Gender and sextual based violences and other public safety concerns that may arise in the communities that impact women.
In her opening remarks, the permanent secretary ministry of women affairs, Niger state, TPL Kaltum Dauda represented by Hajara Ndayako commended the organisers and calls for strong community involvement as key to a successful and impactful intervention.
Also the representative of the Niger State Police commissioner CP Ogundele Ayodeji, CSP Yahaya Bala expresses the command’s readiness to collaborate with PWAN in it’s activities in the state.
The workshop has as it’s theme promoting community engagements, access to justice and protection for marginalized populations with participants drawn from both the formal and informal sectors and institutions representing Bida, Bosso, Lapai and Suleja Local Government Areas of Niger State