By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Federation of Muslim women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Women’s Interfaith Council (WIC) has organised a one-day peace building.workshop to sensitise adolescent girls and women from different religious and ethnic groups in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Speaking on Saturday February 13, 2021 during the workshop on building Interfaith relationship in conflict prone communities of Igabi Local Government Area through women, the State Amirah of FOMWAN Pharmacist Aisha Isyaku Tukur, said the programme was designed to build the capacity of women in addressing various issues causing conflict particularly in Igabi Local Government Area.
The Amira said the theme of the workshop ‘Building Interfaith relationship in conflict prone community of Igabi Local Government Area through women ‘ is timely because women are part of the peace pyramid of any society.
She added that the sensitisation centers on conflict transformation skills among women, gender inequality, inclusion of women and girls in decision-making at community levels and prevention of violent extremism.
Similarly Rev. SR Veronica Onyeanisi Ola of Women Interfaith Council (WIC) said the training focused on promoting women active tolerance and responsible citizenship in communities experiencing different forms of conflict and violence.
She added that WIC has engaged women and other stakeholders in addressing gender inequality, inter-religious and inter-ethnic conflict, social disharmony and violent extremism.
Rev. SR Veronica Onyeanisi Ola explained that the workshop was in collaboration with Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP).
In her own remarks, Dabo Margret who represented Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP). said Pharm. Aisha Isyaku Tukur and Rev. SR Veronica Onyeanisi Ola are Fellows of her Foundation and the workshop is taking the peace intiative of Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) to the grassroots.
” Our organisation is dedicated to sustainable conflict prevention at the grassroots.” She said
A guest lecturer Imam Tahir Baba Ibrahim said mankind originated from one source and Allah in his wisdom chose to put them in different continents with different faith to understand each other.
In his own remarks, Rev. Fr. Diga Raphael said peaceful coexisting is the pinnacle for development as there is no development amidst rancour.
He called on the state government to partner with FOMWAN and WIC in supporting women to carry out community peace initiatives in their respective domains.