Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development

Women, Peace and Security

Our Women, Peace and Security (WPS) project is in recognition of the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, which has made incidents of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) even more common. According to UNHCR, there are over 2.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North East alone. There are also the ‘forgotten IDPs’, which refers to those who are not in the North East but have similarly been displaced due to insecurity.

IRIAD aims to localise the United Nations Security Council Resolution on women, peace and security (UNSCR1325) in six (6) ways:

  • research to identify and understand the issues faced by women in conflict-ridden areas and IDP camps;

  • setting up and institutionalising women community associations to address insecurity

  • advocacy among key stakeholders to promote peace interventions and women’s rights issues in these areas; and

  • trainings to build the capacity and knowledge of women in these communities.

  • strengthening knowledge and capacity with regards to gender-responsive security; and

  • developing mechanisms and guidelines to support urban and local government response to WPS.

Our Women, Peace and Security (WPS) project is in recognition of the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, which has made incidents of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) even more common. According to UNHCR, there are over 2.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North East alone. There are also the ‘forgotten IDPs’, which refers to those who are not in the North East but have similarly been displaced due to insecurity.

IRIAD aims to localise the United Nations Security Council Resolution on women, peace and security (UNSCR1325) in six (6) ways:

  • research to identify and understand the issues faced by women in conflict-ridden areas and IDP camps;

  • setting up and institutionalising women community associations to address insecurity

  • advocacy among key stakeholders to promote peace interventions and women’s rights issues in these areas; and

  • trainings to build the capacity and knowledge of women in these communities.

  • strengthening knowledge and capacity with regards to gender-responsive security; and

  • developing mechanisms and guidelines to support urban and local government response to WPS.