Nigerian Women Rally for Peace

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By Mary Amodu.
Group under the aegis of Nigerian Women for Peace Movement has raised alarm over the increase spate of violence against women and children in the country.
This was contained in a statement made available to journalists by the Union in Lokoja.
The statement explained that the group was initiated to serve as a voice for Nigerian women as well as promote peace and unity amongst various groups of the country.
While acknowledging the effort of security, humanitarian, religious and traditional authorities and individuals in addressing conflicts, the group called for zero tolerance for hate speech while promotion and protecting freedom of expression.
The group demanded for the engagement of women in governance processes, participation of women in public and private sector as well as peace building and conflicts resolution platforms.
In addition, all stakeholders in the country were called upon to join hands with women in working for a better future of the Nigeria.
Also speaking, Kogi State coordinator for the Nigeria Women for Peace movement, Barr Natasha Akpoti maintained that the group shall no longer tolerate hate speech, violence instigated agenda by politicians amongst others.
“We have been quiet for too long and in times of war, our hearts burn most while trying to protect our children, we say no to violent conflicts of any kind,” she said.
Nigerian women for peace movement is a coalition of women representing all parts of Nigeria concerned with the current state of affairs and focused on ensuring that Nigeria remains a country of peace, prosperity and participation for all.