By Mojisola Ogundiran
Young women are important actors in building a peaceful and sustainable community. Young women play transformative roles both at home and in the community in addressing challenges and issues that affect our peace and development. Across board, young women work as peace advocates disseminating peaceful messages to promote harmony and peaceful coexistence. Young women provide succour to the poor and the needy by distributing relief packs to alleviate suffering. Young women play important roles in building peace and in improving lives.
In Nigeria, women and young women make up to 60 percent of the entire population. Unfortunately, many of them are confined in underprivileged and conflict areas. Many young women face gender and age discrimination, marginalization and stereotypes. In underprivileged and conflict areas, young women are perceived as victims who needs to be cared for only, young women are further isolated from participating in civic and public activities because of conflicts and security threats. The patriarchal cultural norms reduce young women to domestic work and marriage only.
The United Network of Youth for Peace and Diplomacy UNYPD launched the Young Women Teaching Peace program as a way of addressing the low engagement of young women in civic activities for peace and development.
The aim of Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP program is to support young women in conflict and underprivileged areas to contribute to community development for sustainable peace and to increase the recognition of young women as agents of change. The Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP program focuses on bridging the resources, capacity and mentorship gap that limit young women in conflict and underprivileged areas from becoming agents of change for peace.
The components of Young Women Teaching Peace program
LEADERSHIP: The Young Women Teaching Peace program will through resources, mentorship and peer-support ensure that young women in conflict and underprivileged areas are able to participate actively, equally and effectively as agents of change for peace and development. Part of the leadership capacity training will include developing young women skills in community organizing, global skills, volunteering and in the use of technology for change.
ADVOCACY: The Young Women Teaching Peace program will support young women who are in conflict and underprivileged areas and are working as agent of change to be heard and recognized for the change and local impact they are making.
On Saturday, 5th 2020, the United Network of Youth for Peace and Diplomacy UNYPD officiated the Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP program during an online meeting tagged Increasing Community Engagement of Young Women for Global Action. The meeting had more than one hundred participants registered and was also attended by stakeholders and partners from across the globe. The Programs Manager of UN Women on Women Peace and Security, Peter Mancha; the Project Manager of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Nigeria, Juliana Anosike; the Coordinator of Nigeria Network and Campaign for Peace Education, Dr. Collin Imoh, the Founder of Community Enrichment Project USA, Lauren Grimes and CEO Basic Rights Watch, Austin Ekwujuru were all in attendance to usher their support and commitments.
The Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP program will be providing opportunity for young women who are between 15 to 33 years old in conflict and underprivileged areas to come together virtually and physically to access peer- support, resources and mentorship to build their capacity to become agent of social change in their local communities. Part of the activities under the Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP program would be to organize the Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP Global Exchange, Meet-ups, training of trainers programs at community level and to introduce the Young Women Teaching Peace YWTP magazine and award to celebrate outstanding young women involved in community civic engagement for peace and development.
To find the link to the recordings and speech of founder, Ms. Mojisola Ogundiran kindly click the link below