IDS Mission and Objectives
IDS mission is to facilitates sustainable development programme to improve on the living conditions of vulnerable women, youth, children and other minority groups through Peace-building, Socio-economics empowerment, Education, Health (HIV/AIDS and SRHR) and promotion of Democracy, Justice and Equity in Nigeria.
To provide Socio-ecomomic empowerment opportunities through livelihood vocational skills, entrepreneurship development, revolving fund, market access and financial linkage services to women, youth, smallholder farmers and cooperative societies to boost income generation, poverty alleviation and employment creation in Nigeria.
· To promote the fundamental human rights and address the issue of gender based violence(GBV) among vulnerable women, youth, children and other minority groups through awareness creation, advocacy programme and capacity building in Nigeria.
· To promote good governance and community infrastructural development, public health care services and provision of potable water and sanitation.
To promote marginalized children access to education through enrollment campaign, payment of school fees, training of teachers, provision of educational materials and pycho-social support services in Nigeria.
To promote peaceful co-existence through capacity building, advocacy and sensitization programme on conflict in the society.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW) HELPLINE: 08099936317
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW) HELPLINE: 08099936317. IDS-Intercommunity Development Social Organisation is currently running violence against women (VAW) helpline in partnership with Justice for All (J4A)-DFID. The Etisalat Toll free line is to provide services for women and girls in Nigeria experiencing different forms of violence (Violence against the girl child - violence related to exploitation, Psychological or emotional violence, Sexual harassment and violence in public space/institutions, Gender-based violence in refugee/internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, and Economic violence) their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The Helpline is staffed by fully trained female support workers and volunteers. All call are completely confidential.
IDS -NIGERIA RECIEVED GRANTS FROM URGENT ACTION FUND-AFRICA TO TRAIN WOMEN ACTIVISTS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
The sectarian crises in Nigeria have cost thousands of lives and huge displacement from homes. The nature of these conflicts, expose civilian populations, particularly women and children, to violence with an impact that is more visible on women because of the social services they render. Yet, they are sidelined when it comes to negotiating peace and facilitating the reconstruction of societies. Women peace movements all over the world have broken new grounds in developing strategies, organizations and tools for peace. Lack of access to political decision making is the primary obstacle in the work of women peace builders.
The most critical contribution to peace building by women lies in transforming attitudes and practices, structures and competencies, to lay the groundwork for the local and global changes that permanent peace requires. Women’s peace activism works towards women’s own rights and equality, and it also works towards broader societal goals. Both are necessary elements in conflict transformation.
The work of building peace is not exclusively about direct mediation or formal negotiation. It demands the integration of initiatives taking place at different levels: local, national, regional and global. It also requires the transformation of global and societal relations. Successful and sustainable peace building processes involve people acquiring self-respect, identity and dignity, as well as physical security. It also requires that all sections of the population have the opportunity to participate in political processes. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the first ever on women, peace and security, is a result of a very successful international campaign. The resolution “Urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict. It in view of the above that Integrated Development Services (IDS) -Nigeria with support from the Urgent Action Fund (UAF)- Africa an international donor agency with Head Office in the United State of America (USA) dedicated to protecting and advancing women's rights and enabling their participation in crucial processes that contribute to shifting of power relations. UAF- Africa provides financial and technical support for strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women's human rights in situations of conflict and post conflict; precedent setting legal or legislative interventions and protection of women's human rights defenders who are persecuted because of their work. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event (positive or negative) creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact.
I. To promote women right and address gender disparity in all spheres of human endeavour and reduce the culture of violence and discrimination against women and girls that exist prior to the conflict.
II. The project will elevate the role of women from their position of obscurity in conflict resolution and promote their participation in the decision – making structures of a society
III. Strengthened women’s networks at the local level discussing women’s issues, including violence against women and advocating it for policy-level consideration.
IV. Increase in the number of women representation in the conflicts resolution and peace building processes.
1. To listen to the grievances of the Boko Haram sect while at the same time expressing condemnation for their human rights abuses.
2. Sending messages of peace and reconciliation through the community outreach approaches to both sides of the conflict to demonstrate impartiality
3. To carryout counseling services to assist rape victims organized feeding programs for displaced women in refugee camps and organized peace marches across their communities.
4. To carryout Advocacy, sensitizations and Raise awareness amongst women’s groups, legislative members, executives members, traditional/ religious leaders and other stakeholders on various issues fundamental to reaching a sustainable peace, such as respect for human rights, democracy, gender equality and development
5. Provide a forum for grassroots participation in issues on women, peace and security by airing the 'Voices of Women' through social medial programs
6. To increasing rural women's access to basic skills and knowledge in community peace-building and ensure long term autonomy for grassroots peace-builders, the women in peace-building program will continued to translate the specialized training tools and methodologies in conflict prevention and peace-building into indigenous language.
7. To advocate violence against women from a health perspective as both service and policy organizations.
8. To create peer mentoring networks with agreements for ongoing contact and sharing of practices
9. Identify needs and opportunities for women to engage in specific processes from a rights-based and gender perspective.
DATE: Wednesday 27th - 29th March, 2013
VENUE: Conference Hall, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Agwuyi Ironsi Way, Opposite National Merit House, Maitama Abuja (FCT)
50 Women Activities from Northern Nigeria
1. Introduction to Gender and Peacebuilding
2. Women’s Roles in Peacebuilding
3. Gender Analysis of Conflict and Violence
4.Skills for Women in Peacebuilding (Strategic planning, Advocacy and sensitization)
5. Resources and Challenges for Women in Peacebuilding
6. Designing a Strategic Plan for Women in Peacebuilding
7. Advocacy and sensitization strategies for women in peacebuilding
Women activists from civil society organizations (CSOs) such as faith based organizations (FBOs), community based organizations (CBOs), and non-governmental organization (NGOs) in the 19 Northern States of Nigeria only
Seminar Handouts, Refreshment (Tea & Lunch Break), Souvenirs, Certificates, Partnership opportunities
NOTE: Participants are to provide their own accommodations; Hotel Reservation is available on demand.
For Reservation/Participation, kindly SMS: - Your name, Organisation, State, Tel. Number, Email Address and your expectation at the seminar to 08036854938 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org