By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—Women in Plateau State, who are victims of violent conflicts, have been challenged to constructively engage their local leaders and communities’ members and develop action plans to promote economic empowerment and put an end to violence in the state.
The women, in an advocacy and effective communication training organised by the Centre for Justice and Rights, CAJR; International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, and Women for Women International, were also urged to seek inclusiveness and positive norms in communities by raising awareness of their issues and facilitating a community dialogue to achieve set goals.
Different facilitators, including Mafeng Fred and Kingsley Obida of CAJR, Ladi Madaki and Georgina Dashe of FIDA and Clara Wuyep of Women for Women International, stated that the aim of the training was to promote women’s economic empowerment by strengthening multi-level advocacy to inform policy change and implementation.
Narrating women’s ordeals, the 40 women, drawn from Pankshin, Jos East and Riyom councils, trained by Women for Women on various skills, said gender issues needed to be addressed to free them from abusive cultures.
The women kicked against what they described as “domestic slavery,” where female children and women are given separate treatment from their male counterparts from the home to the larger society.