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"WOMEN HAVE BIGGER ROLES TO PLAY IN PEACE BUILDING" - Hajiya Salamatu Garba, Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN)

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Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) is a not-for-profit organization and was incorporated with the Kano State government as a Community Development Association in 1995. WOFAN provides a wide range of services for rural communities – particularly women and children – to promote economic, social and political empowerment.
Hajiya Salamatu Garba is the founder/executive director of the organization. Since 1995, Salamatu Garba has played a key role in building and directing the functions of the organization which provides a wide range of services for rural communities – particularly women and children – to promote economic, social and political empowerment.

On 28th May 2015, CITAD4Peace team paid a peace advocacy visit to Hajiya Salamatu Garba at her WOFAN office along BUK Road Kano. The team briefed her on the mission of CITAD4Peace which was to contribute in the restoration of peace in the northern part of Nigeria by lending her voice in the call for peace and to speak against violence among Nigerians. In her response, Hajiya Salamatu stated that the two main causes of insurgency in Nigeria are poverty and improper upbringing. She added that until poverty alleviation and unemployment issues are addressed and until parents, especially mothers adhere to giving good home training to their children, the country will not be free from insecurity threats. Charity begins at home, therefore, parents, especially mothers should take good care of their children and also monitor them well to keep them away from bad friends. She advised CITAD to come up with projects that can combine ICT and agriculture which will be used to train youth in order to enhance economic growth. Hajiya Salamatu commended CITAD on her peace promotion and other developmental efforts and also promised WOFAN’s support to CITAD4Peace project goals.

Finally, the team handed over an advocacy kit to the Hajiya which includes a book titled INSURGENCY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA, another book titled SOCIAL MEDIA PEACE CAMPAIGN and a policy brief titled RESPONDING TO THE PLIGHT OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

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ADVOCACY FOR PEACE

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Peace building is a collective responsibility. We need all to contribute in the process. While we can carry urging people to make their contributions, there other key players in the society who either become of their influence, the respect accorded, them their status, the following they, etc, can effectively help to spread the message and mobilize support for peace building g. this is why we devote a lot of energy in reach out to such figure to urge to actively join the peace building efforts. Among the key people we have identified for such advocacy include:

1.       Traditional, community and religious leaders

2.       Government officials

3.       Celebrities  such as artists, filmmakers, football stars, musicians

4.       Community organization, youth groups and other civil society organizations

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