CLEEN Foundation Trains Women Mediators On Conflict Resolution, Peace Building 

The  CLEEN Foundation, in collaboration with the UNWOMEN, Ministry of Human Services & Social Development with support from the Norwegian Embassy trained women in conflict resolution, mediation and peace building in a three day  capacity strengthening training.

In her welcome address, Dr Rabi Salisu, Hon Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Trainers and Trainees after the Train the Trainers Session that took place in December 2023 which provided trainees the opportunity to  step down lessons learnt in their various communities, LGAs and organisations for peace and social cohesion in Kaduna State.

Dr Salisu highlighted that Kaduna State stands first in Nigeria at  the creation of peace commission to address issues of peace. She noted that mediation is a global tool and very useful for peaceful coexistence as human beings live together conflict is abound to happen but mediation is the solution.

The commissioner women and men to always mediate with high sense of  knowledge,  understanding and responsibility irrespective of social – cultural or religious differences.

While commending CLEEN Foundation for  bringing the training to Kaduna State, she called on beneficiaries to be good Ambassadors of Kaduna State Government in their  various homes, communities and local government areas.

Mr Gad Peter, Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, represented by Mrs Chigozirim Okoro, Programme Manager, explained that the training was meant to equip the women with practical skills necessary for effective mediation.

Dr Salaudeen Hashim, Director of Programmes, CLEEN Foundation and the lead facilitator took trainees  on the various sessions which includes the following topics “Introduction to Conflict & Gender Analysis; Gender Inclusive Mediation & Peacebuilding and Understanding Peace Advocacy Campaign as a Tool for Policy Formulation & Change” explained that mediation is all about bridge building and cannot be discussed in isolation of women.

Dr Salaudeen Hashim explained that gender is a function of the mind and everything we do and not about what what we carry between our legs. We have a female traditional ruler in Delta state and in the Southwest, we have female Commissioners of Police and leaders in different fields of endeavour. 

It is important to understand that gender conotes feminity and mascunity and there are men that are feminine in nature just as there are women who are masculine in nature. We should emphasize gender equity above gender equality. There shouldn’t be anything like Prof Mrs just as there is no Prof Mr. We should use gendered lens regardless of our sex. 

Dr Hashim said peace building and  conflict resolution requires an awareness of how both women and men can have the tool better to contribute to sustainable peace and security. 

Highlight of the training were sydicate sessions, group presentations and drama  production by  the  forty women mediators  trained on what they  learnt and how to apply it in real time for the promotion of social cohesion and peace in Kaduna State.

Titilope Joseph has a Diploma and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, both from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. Since 2010, she has covered the entertainment and society beats. She currently covers the Judiciary for Independent.

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