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Tallen hails gender mainstreaming in military, security services

The Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ms Pauline Tallen, praised the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), the police and other security agencies for their commitment to mainstreaming a gender perspective in the defense sector and safety.

Tallen delivered the eulogy at the 2nd Annual Security Sector Forum on Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria, organized in collaboration with Defense Headquarters on Thursday, in Abuja.

The theme of the event is: “Incorporation of the gender perspective in national early warning systems and the security challenge.”

He said that UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR) on women, peace and the security agenda and similar conventions advocated, the African Union, the ECOWAS Commission and the Nigerian government had all recorded successes.

The Minister said that UNSCR 1325 was unanimously approved by the Council on October 31, 2000 as the first of several resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

The resolution, she said, with its four pillars of prevention, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ms. Pauline Tallen, has praised the Nigerian Armed Forces (AFN), Police and other security agencies for their commitment to mainstreaming. advocacy in the defense and security, participation, protection and peacebuilding and recovery sector, has become the focal point of global efforts to address the many challenges faced by women in conflict situations.

She said the first forum led to the launch of the gender policy for the AFN and the promotion of the position of Gender Advisor to a leadership cadre in the army.

“We hoped that the Chief of Defense Staff, as our true He-for-She Champion, would have elevated the current senior officer in that position to Major General as an icing on the cake for Nigerian women.

“At the very least, this will leave a legacy for this administration and will encourage more women in the military to aspire, knowing full well that this position is the preserve of women.

“I am sure that even before the end of this event; CDS can still raise the bar for women in the military, ”she said.

According to her, the contributions of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force through the concerted efforts of all Chiefs of Security to end the insurgency and emerging crimes across the country cannot be overemphasized.

“Along the same lines, the Nigerian Police Force has also shown more commitment than ever in appointing a Gender Adviser and is concluding the review process of the Nigerian Police Gender Policy.

“It should be remembered that the Nigerian Policy was the first to develop its Gender Policy in 2012,” he said.

Tallen also praised DSS for the pro-women policies it embarked on, such as training and deploying a women’s squad in counter-insurgency and other surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations to address crime.

She said that the NSCDC had also introduced gender-sensitive programs to provide specific protection services for women, boys and girls who are victims of human trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

“We are also pleased to note that NDLEA has also joined the campaign to bring women into central decision-making positions and appoint them as zonal agency leaders.

“Through other paramilitary services, we have witnessed the creation of Gender Tables,” he added.

The Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the event was relevant to ensuring that Nigeria’s security sector remained at the forefront of gender mainstreaming among the community of nations.

Irabor, who was represented by Defense Policy and Plans, AVM Dahiru Sanda, said that women have contributed significantly to the development of the nation’s armed forces.

She said that women had innate capabilities that, when harnessed, would greatly contribute to conflict resolution and enhance security to enhance national development.

“Today, in the armed forces we have female combatants in all services with one of the best combat pilots.

“There are more of these talents among us, we will stop at nothing to give them a platform to continue to prosper.

“Consequently, the AFN has adopted the incorporation of the gender perspective as a national affirmative action of participation of 35 percent of women in all our commitments and activities.

“The gender policy for the armed forces is a testimony to this,” he said.

The Gender Advisor to the Chief of Defense Staff, Brig.-Gen. Christiana Thomas said the event was to ensure gender sensitivity to disaster early warning.

Thomas said the gender policy for the military was designed to reduce gender inequality and ensure integration into the military.

He congratulated the government for its commitment to mainstreaming a gender perspective in the security sector.

An expert at the event, Dr. Elizabeth Bature from the Nigerian Defense Academy, presented a document entitled “Improving Women’s Leadership and Participation in Nigerian Security: Key Considerations for the Development of the Third National Action Plan of Nigeria on the peace and security of women ”.

Bature said that historically women have been underrepresented in leadership positions in public and private organizations around the world.

According to her, gender inequality and gender discrimination remain very real challenges for female workers in general and especially for women fighting for leadership positions.

“However, organizational research suggests that women leaders can bring a unique constellation of leadership-related traits, attributes and behaviors to the workplace that can bring benefits to their organizations,” she said.

In addition, Director of Policy, Defense Headquarters, Major General. Usman Yusuf, said that the changing nature of the conflict has placed numerous demands on peace operations, placing more emphasis on multidimensionality and the need to increase the participation of women, as well as incorporating gender issues in the environment of a mission.

Yusuf said that the patriarchal system is mainly found in the security sectors in Africa, which has exacerbated the disparities between men and women in the mediation or peace negotiation process in post-conflict reconstruction.

He presented a document entitled “Integration into the peace and security architecture of the ECOWAS subregion; a case study from Nigeria “.

Source: NAN

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