Women from various communities in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau have called for special funding for women empowerment programmes in the area.
They made the request through findings of a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) organised by the United Nations Women Mentors as part of their needs assessment for the production of the second Local Action Plan (LAP).
The women asked for budgetary allocation to organise activities that would facilitate their empowerment.
Speaking at the launch of the LAP on Friday, Mrs Lantana Abdullahi, the Lead UN Women Mentor of Wase local government, said the FGD was conducted in the four districts of Wase.
“We conducted the research in Wase, Bashar, Lamba and Kadarko districts.
“The FGDs reveal that women want a gender responsive budget; punishment for perpetrators of gender based violence; quick response to early warning signals of conflicts and a well equipped trauma centre,’’ she said.
Abdullahi said the women also pleaded for government intervention for the rehabilitation and reintegration of displaced persons through conflicts and more security measures to stem the entrance of emerging terrorist groups.
She explained that the research was conducted to ensure the peculiarities of the area was considered in the production of the LAP on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR), which hinges on gender parity at all levels of decision making.
Mrs Hassana Ayika, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social development, commended Wase for been one of the first areas to launch its first LAP in 2011 in Plateau and across the country.
She said the resolution strives to strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention and peace building whilst militating the impact of conflict on women and girls.
“UNSCR 1325 is premised on findings that women suffer most during conflicts, thus when engaged in security and peace building processes, peaceful coexistence devoid of conflict is guaranteed,’’ the scribe said.
On her part, Mrs Amina Turaki, the Director of Personnel Management of Wase local government, pledged the council’s support for the implementation of the LAP, urging men to encourage women to contest in elections.
“We cannot contest in elections and participate in other forms of governance without the support of our men.
“The girl child education is critical to ensure she participates in decision making processes at all levels,’’ she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Plateau launched its State Action Plan in November 2017.
In line with that Mangu, Riyom, Jos North and Wase local government areas were selected to produce their LAPs to facilitate grassroots participation.
The plans have also been translated in local languages of the areas, and in Braille and audio for the blind and the hearing impaired. (NAN)