The Other Side of the Ogoni Struggle: Women Getting Equipped for Peace-Building
AuthorOkeke, Florence Chinyere
This study focuses on the efforts of an NGO known as West African Network for Peace building (WANEP), towards enhancing women participation in peace and security issues in Nigeria, through one of its programs known as Women in Peace building Network (WIPNET). It specifically, examines the capacity building training scheme carried out through WIPNET among the Ogoni women group in Niger-Delta region of Nigerian, as well as how the women are making use of their newly acquired skills in their everyday life. The objective of this study is to provide an insight into the transformation processes taking place in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria. To meet this objective, the study utilizes qualitative method, employing primary and secondary sources. The term empowerment was used as the analytical lens through which the data were analyzed. The findings from the study indicate that WIPNET is working towards changing gender relations in Ogoni, with hope of domesticating the UNSCR1325 therein. Furthermore, the finding indicates that the women have gained basic knowledge and skills for community peace-building, and are making use of their new skill, to prevent conflict within their communities from escalating. They have also gained self-confidence, and are influencing changes in their communities.
PublisherUiT Norges arktiske universitet
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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