Equal Access International emphasizes role of women in security discourse
A global non-profit organization, Equal Access International has reemphasized the important role of women in the security discourse of any society.
Country Director of Equal Access International, Dr. Maji Peter stated this on Tuesday in Kano at a public presentation of the Local Action Plan on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which recognizes the importance of women’s participation and protection in peace and security processes.
Dr. Peter underscored the pivotal role of women in security matters.
He said, “if we realize that security is everybody’s responsibility, then we are on the platform to achieving what is right.”
“what we try to do in this project is to strengthen the whole framework of integrating women into the security industry in the community, that’s what we have been doing and that’s what we have done.” He added
Speaking at the event, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, stated why women are considered to be included in the community levels of security frameworks.
Gumel explained that women have a unique perspective and experience that can contribute to the prevention and resolution of conflicts, as well as the maintenance of peace and stability.
He said “The environment is the third agent of socialisation. Women play a vital role than men in terms of raising the children if she does it well.”
“Even in schools if you carry out a survey, you will find out most of the teachers are women, so women play a better role in handling the behaviour of a child. So we call on women to continue the effort of giving guidance, for the children to be useful to the society.”
He also commended Equal Access International for its efforts in promoting gender-inclusive security in Kano.
SOLACEBASE reports that the presentation highlighted the organization’s commitment to fostering women’s involvement in shaping a more secure and equitable future.
The LAP is a document that outlines the strategies and actions to implement UNSCR 1325 at the local level.
It was developed by Equal Access International in collaboration with the Kano State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Kano State Police Command, and other stakeholders.
The body said it aims to enhance the capacity of women and girls to participate in decision-making, prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and promote human rights and the rule of law.