The purpose of this grant is to contribute to the implementation of the “Network of Women Mediators: working across the Commonwealth” project, across Yobe State, which will enable the training, mentoring and accompaniment of women from communities
badly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Damaturu, Geidam and Potiskum in Yobe state.
Women Mediators across commonwealth (WMC) is a network that connects women with a broad range of experiences – from mediating conflicts
at the community level to formally mediating conflicts as part of official peace processes.
Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) will specifically target the most highly marginalized women within these vulnerable communities. These are all
women who over the course of the conflict face particularly pronounced levels of stigmatization for a variety of reasons, such as being victims of gender-based violence, accused of perpetrating extreme violence, having children or spouses associated with Boko
Haram, or being drug and substance abusers or sex workers.
The project will future a series of women-only storytelling and listening spaces will be used to give women a safe and supportive space to share their experiences over the course of the insurgency
and raise their concerns around the ongoing challenges they face. This will begin the process of dealing with the traumas of the past and provide a peer support network that increases collective hope for a better future. By these spaces cutting across conflict
divides, the process also provides a platform for reconciliation and greater mutual understanding between different identity groups.
It will develop the confidence and skills of marginalized women to express themselves and challenge societal barriers
at the community, local government and state levels.
Provide women with the opportunity to analyze community concerns and facilitate dialogues between women at the community level and others – such as vigilante groups, security actors, youth
and intergenerational dialogue between women.
And create a space to raise the voice and concerns of these traditionally marginalized and silenced women at the community level to advocate relevant local, State and national stakeholders for practical
solutions to the challenges they face.
A world in which inclusive peace processes result in sustainable and positive peace
Diversity: Comprising women from multiple
countries and regions, network contribute broad thematic expertise as well as practical experience of mediation-ranging from the community level to the international.
Innovation: The network is innovative in its approaches, membership,
Connectedness: By bringing together women mediators with extensive experience and skills, the network facilitates their increased visibility, learning, and exchange.
Growth: The network
contributes to the personal and professional development of its members, while itself evolving and growing the space for women in peace processes. The Local government areas and communities that the project will be implemented are:
Nayinawa, Ajari and Pompomari.
Potiskum: Dogon Nini, Hausawa Asibiti and Yindiski.
Geidam: Kasuwan Shanu and Angwan Kwar
About the implementing organizations: Hope Interactive (HI) and Conciliation
Resources (CR): Hope Interactive is a Non-Governmental Organization registered with the Cooperate Affaires Commission (CAC) in Nigeria since 2004 with the soul aim of promoting a healthy, fair and sustainable future for all the people of Nigeria by eradicating
poverty and improving the quality of life through capacity building in various spheres of human development.
Conciliation Resources (CR) is an independent registered UK charity peacebuilding organization working with people in conflict to prevent
violence and promote peace by empowering and building the capacity of marginalized groups, including youth, women and providing advice, support and practical resources to help communities resolve differences and working together to end conflicts.