The Chief Executive Officer of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Barr. Priscilla Ankut, said, Women have a major role to play in peace building in Southern Kaduna and the state as a whole.
“Women can go a long way to persuade their husbands in acting in ways that will unite the society for peaceful and harmonious living. Women are very powerful agents for change, calling on them to use their God given position for the restoration of peace and unity among the diverse people of Southern Kaduna and the state in general.
Ankut made the explanation in Kafanchan recently at the Rev. Dr. Gideon Para-Mallam Peace Foundation on inter-relogious harmony for peaceful coexistenxe in Southern Kaduna.
She stressed that, women are bound together with motherhood, care, nurturing of children and as wives, they have a peaceful and gentle habit to direct the society in the path of better understanding of all stakeholders in the society.
Ankut who spoke on the role of women in peace building and security in Southern Kaduna, added that the women should raise to their God given responsibilities towards working together irrespective of religion, tribe or section to ensure a better Southern Kaduna and the state as a whole.
“I am convinced that women in other parts of the world have played critical roles towards bringing peace and understanding in their communities. The women of Southern Kaduna as l see them today have the same capacity if not more than that to bring about total change of peaceful coexistence in the area.
“l must confessed for the initiative of the Rev. Dr. Para-Mallam peace foundation for bringing women from different local government areas of Southern Kaduna together to share their different ideas, experiences and the way forward for a peace and united people that are ready to forge together for a better society.”
She expressed optimism that with this kind of women gathering, it would go a long way in Southern Kaduna to ensure absolute peace and understanding of one another for the restoration of the lost glory of the area.
She called on the women to always communicate to one another in their experiences with a view of finding better ways of arresting any problem that may arise in any part of the area, pointing out that it would go a long way to solve any problem that may arise.
Earlier, Rev. Dr. Gideon Para-Mallam said the gathering of the women from the different local government areas was a deliberate effort to bring them together to see themselves and share their experiences of what they have been going through in their communities.
He added that the meeting was specifically designed for the women to communicate with one another so that together they could have a better platform that could unite them to speak with one voice of any issue that may affect the peaceful and harmonious relationship of the people in the area.
“l am happy that today history is made and l have achieved my desire to bring women of different backgrounds to chart a course that will be for the overall interest of the women and humanity in general, so that together we will begin to build bridges of understanding in order to curb all manners of insecurity in our area and Kaduna state as a whole.”
A participant, Hajia Rabi Mato from Zangon Urban, said, “l really appreciated the organizer of the meeting for bringing women together. What l have learned, l will definitely go and pass the same message of peace to my community especially women on how we can live in peace with other people not necessarily of the same religion or tribe.”