2 February 2021 By Ifeayin Osita
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has called for more collaboration with organisations and groups to advance the course of women on peace and security issues
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Talen made the call in Abuja at the inauguration of the Network on Peace and Security for Women in the ECOWAS Region, NOPSWECO.
Dame Talen while inaugurating the network, said the ministry had been working with various local and international organisations in promoting women participation in peace building and conflict resolution.
She expressed optimism that the network would create a formidable force for women and called for more synergy in promoting women issues.
In an address, the president of NOPWESCO, Dr Lydia Umar who explained that women groups from eighteen states of the federation were part of the network, expressed regret that women and girls were most affected during conflicts and maintained that the network would help address issues of inequality, respect, inclusion among others.
In a goodwill message the head Political and International Cooperation Division, Directorate of Political Affairs, the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Onyinye Onwuka believed that the network would help in addressing conflicts and security issues about women
In their seperate messages, the Regional President of the network Madame Diago Ndiaye and Country Director UN Women, Comfort Lamptey emphasized the need for more partnership with other regional networks.