In Nigeria, we are working with the University of Maiduguri Muslim Women’s Association and Hope Interactive to enable women to heal the trauma caused by the Boko Haram insurgency and advocate for change within their communities. Through creating women-only storytelling and listening spaces, we are helping over 600 marginalised women in 12 communities in Borno and Yobe states to share their stories and support one another. These listening spaces have also been used to empower the women to speak up and demand a change in the behaviour and attitudes of other community members, government, and security officials towards them. Many of the women have now become part of the community peacebuilding initiatives and are contributing to their own safety, as well as that of their communities.
Autonomous Region of Bougainville and Pakistan
In the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea and in Pakistan we are working to improve the peacebuilding abilities of women community leaders. Alongside the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation in Bougainville and the PAIMAN Alumni Trust in Pakistan we are running workshops and training courses to equip the women with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively address current and future conflict issues.
In Kenya, we are working with WomanKind Kenya to strengthen the peacebuilding skills of grassroots women mediators. The women are all members of local peace committees in Garissa county in northeastern Kenya. Our training and accompanying support has helped the local women peacebuilders in Garissa to identify and implement women-led peace and dialogue initiatives that respond to and prevents communal conflicts in their communities.
This work is funded by the UK Government, in support of the commitments made during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018.