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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A 2-DAY CONFERENCE  ORGANIZED BY THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS, IN COLLABORATION WITH UN WOMEN ON PROGRAMME, “PROMOTING WOMEN’S ENGAGEMENT IN PEACE AND SECURITY IN NORTHERN NIGERIA” FOR ADAMAWA STATE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONERS, PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND SUPPORT STAFF, ON FRIDAY, 13TH AND SATURDAY, 14TH OCTOBER, 2017 AT HOTEL DE BENTLY UTAKO-ABUJA

The Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development Adamawa, in partnership with UN Women, under the Women Peace and Security (WPS) Programme having conducted sensitizations on Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB) at the grassroots level, for religious and traditional leaders; members of the legal profession, media executive and personnel, and development partners, has also conducted same for Honourable members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly. 

As we can all witness today also, the Ministry and UN Women organized A 2-day Capacity Building and Engagement Conference on the Equal Opportunities Bill, and United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, on the EU funded Programme “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria” for the Adamawa State Honourable Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and support staff, from Friday 13th to Saturday 14th October, 2017, in Hotel De Bently at Utako-Abuja. The Conference was attended by Hon. Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, support staff, Governor, Adamawa State, Personal Assistant to the President, Representative of UN Women Country Representative, and other relevant representatives in Abuja. The Conference had in attendance, a total number of 51 participants.

The objectives of the Conference were:

To deepen the knowledge of the Executive Council members on contents of Adamawa Equal Opportunities Bill;
To enhance understanding of the Council on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
Solicit support for passage of the Adamawa Equal Opportunities Bill;
Support Members to deepening understanding on project elements, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Result Based Planning as it relates to the Women Peace and Security Programme, and other empowerment initiatives.

The Conference-in-Session having deliberated and considered all issues related to the GEO Bill and UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 1325 and resolved as follows:

1.Members of the Conference-in-Session resolved to support all processes that will ensure Gender Mainstreaming and inclusion in order to get equity and justice in role playing by men and women in livelihood and peace building.

2.Conference-in-Session resolved that Adamawa State Government will support the passage of the GEO Bill by the House of Assembly and also ensure faithful implementation if so passed.

3.Conference-in-Session equally resolved to promote the active engagement of women and youth in peace building processes.

4. The Conference-in-Session resolved to encourage the Adamawa State carry out effective sensitization at the Local Government level to ensure adequate mobilization of people at the local level.
 
5. The Conference-in-Session condemns all forms of violence against all persons, especially, violence against women, girls, children and all vulnerable persons.

6.       Finally, we also enjoin all to speak up against violence and support women!

Communique Committee:
Hon. Shanti Shashi –    Chairman
Ahidjo D. Mohammed – Member
Kate Edozieh –   Member
Aishatu A. Umar -   Member 
Muhammed Garba Laweso – Secretary

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