Foundation raises Taraba women’s awareness on peace, conflict resolutions

By Suru Charles

Piqued by the increasing security challenges bedevilling some communities in Taraba state, women have been tasked to put aside their differences in order to nip the situation in the bud.

The call, according to our state correspondent, came yesterday during the Training of Trainers on Conflict Triggers and Sensitivity Workshop organized for Women in the state by CLEEN Foundation.

The training which took place in Jalingo, the state capital, was observed to have brought together women from the perceived four volatile communities in Wukari and Gassol Local Government Councils.

The communities which are, Puje, Rakinkada, Gunduma and Mutum-Biyu, do not doubt in recent times being bedevilled with security challenges which have turned a lot of women into widows and children into orphans.

Disturbed by these ills, the training according to the leadership of the CLEEN Foundation, has become necessary in order to reduce or bring to an end the various clashes in their communities which the women identified to include herders/ farmers clashes, kidnapping, rape, armed banditry to mention but a few.

In her various presentations, the CLEEN Foundation Programme Manager, Chigozirim Okoro, urged the women to work round the clock to contribute to peace and conflict resolutions in their various communities and the state at large.

Urging them to desist from profiting “from things that are evil” for the “right things” as opined by her, “must be done by women in order for our society to be better.”

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Chigozirim, who warned them to cease from dragging “children to what they don’t know” said, “in a conflict situation you are expected to be calm and analyze the situation.”

Stressing that “the quality of a wife determines the quality of her children”, the way “we behaved in a conflict situation”, according to her, matters a lot.

The Programme Manager, who went as far as pleading with the women to work round the clock and identify the “bad people in your communities” said they should not hesitate in exposing such bad elements as soon as they are identified.

While also advising them to get themselves into useful business to be financially independent, she enjoined them not to sit back watching their communities being destroyed by some few persons, stating that “as mothers, you must know every bad thing in your communities.”

Some of the women, who admitted that they have not been going to bed with their two eyes tenaciously closed due to fears of bandits and other vices trending in their communities, said the training has given them an insight on how to work round the clock to make sure that the perpetrators of such ills are exposed.

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