Women strategic roles as mothers and wives had made them indispensable factor in peace building, therefore their participation in peace negotiation must be supported.
The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Pauline Tallen made this submission at the National Women Summit on, ‘’The Role of Women in Peace and Security’’, held at the Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
The Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Oluranti Oladeinde, said the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 on women peace and security recognized the changing nature of modern day warfare, enjoining parties in conflict resolution to take measures to support women participation in peace negotiations and post-conflicts.
While noting that women, girls and children were the most affected during wars and other conflicts situations, she revealed that her Ministry has developed a national plan of action on women peace and security and has carried out high level of advocacies for its adoption and adaptation by promoting women’s socio-economic and political empowerment.
The Minister charged women to explore their roles in procreation, be open and speak out their mind when necessary, saying, ‘’though they do not share gender with men but they share human needs and burdens.