Great Women of Niger Delta - Great - #IStandWithHer

otahelp
Posted December 9, 2019 from Nigeria

It was an unburdening time for women leaders trained by West Africa Network for Peace Building a Regional Network in Nigeria on confidence building for Advocacy in their respective communities. West Africa Network for Peace Building is one of the coalitions we volunteer and collaborate with and yours truly is the Rivers State Coordinator. So on the 4th day of the #16DaysActivism we met to share the experiences on the stepdown and what they have been able to achieve since the training.

It was really an amazing time sitting and listening to the works women are doing in their communities. They were some incredible works. But one was so outstanding that I decided to share it here.

A community in the Niger Delta that have been having community leader tussle and cultism issues for over a decade now. One of the women trained decided to push things around her community so she invited one of women that they were trained together to assist her. They met with the elders and youths on the need to have a meeting to broker peace between the warring parties. Eventually they were able to fix a meeting after a long time of being dribbled by the elders reason being that they were women.

On the appointed day, the town hall was filled to the brim because it is actually the first time women will be initiating a meeting of the whole community. Old, young and children gathered(unfortunately there were no picture of the meeting) gathered and meeting commenced. They addressed the community members and they were more than interested in the presentation done by these 2 women on how to broker peace between the parties. As the story progressed, the youths took over and told the community how the elders have been using them to perpetrate terror in the community. At the end the warring parties decided to sheath their sword and make peace. Since that meeting the peace process that started and according to the woman, that meeting came with so much goodwill and respect. It has also brought envy and jealousy that one of the elders have warned her to desist from calling for another  meeting as he does not expect her to be more popular than her. According to her it was from the least place she expected such warning to come from. Nevertheless, the process is still on and everybody is happy to drive it.

A second one came from a female youth that organised extra mural classes for one month for Junior secondary school students in collaboration with her group in the community. It paid off as so many students who participated have improved in their studies and the parents of those students have been showing their gratitude by the way they greet her whenever and everywhere they see her and her group members. It was really wonderful and impressive.

This unburdening have been fixed to hold again sometime in January 2020. They were also brought to speed on United Nations 16days Activism and the campaign against Gender Based Violence. The women leaders reiterated their commitment to continue to drive peace processes in their communities.

I took out time to talk about World Pulse by sharing my experience on World Pulse Platform. I also took them through the process of signing in and joining us to share the great work Niger Delta women are doing in their communities.

These #16daysActivism have been so exciting and engaging for me and my team.

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Hello, Otahelp,

Wow! Congratulations on the success of this event! I love the photo, it looks you are really happy and satisfied. Thank you for also sharing World Pulse to these women. We are excited to welcome these new sisters here. We stand with you!

Lisbeth
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Dear Otahelp,
I stand with you and with all of the other women. Nice opening image you got there
How are you doing?
Warm regards
Lizzy

otahelp
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

We are great and thank you for reading Lisabeth

otahelp
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Karen i really appreciate you taking time to read my post and take a good look at the picture. yes we are happy because we shall surely get there. Collective Efforts will take us there. keep reading our post

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

You're welcome, dear sister. This is one way of showing support to your work, to read your stories and send you encouragement. I hope it helps you keep going! Have a great weekend, dear! I'm so proud of you.

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Dear Karen, you have always been with us all the way. thank you very much for having our back.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

You're welcome, dear sister. It is an honor to support you through sending encouragement. Have a great week ahead!

Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hi Again Ota,

This is a great update, too, with some more lovely photos. Too bad you didn't get any photos of that peace meeting. Sound like a historical event to me. I hope they proceed with an amicable resolution. Please keep us posted. How many sisters will be joining World Pulse, do you think? Great job!

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

my Jill you are always a great encourager. thank you for always for standing by us. #IStandWithHer

Jill Langhus
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Thank you, dear:-) You're very welcome! You bet!!

XX

Anita Shrestha
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Congratulation sis

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

thank you Anita.

Asaad Ali
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

Congrats , keep up
Thank you for sharing sister

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

thank you Assad for having the time to read our story. the encouragement will surely enhance our work

Asaad Ali
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Welcome my sister ..