Introducing myself and my journal: Be seen- be heard.

Asmau Benzies-Leo
Posted March 9, 2010 from Nigeria

About Me: Iam Asmau Benzies -Leo,the Executive Director of Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN).The founder and initiator of CENGAIN. I hold a bachelors degree of science in Sociololy,a postgraduate diploma in Conflict Management and Peace Studies and currently running a masters programme still in Conflict and peace studies.Iam one of the upcoming women's rights activist in Nigeria.Our organisation is involved in alot of advocacy work. Our activities vary from human rights, focusing on Women and Children’s Rights, Active-Nonviolence, Gender equality,Peace Education and Conflict Resolution. CENGAIN works towards creating a society that honors the dignity and worth of the human person with the believe that every single individual has the capacity to move the world in the direction of peace through their daily nonviolent choice and actions. Married with a son.

My Passions: women empowerment

My Challenges: Funds for carrying programmes and activities that will reach women at the grassroots

My Vision for the Future: a free society without discrimination where men and women will be equal partners for progress

My Areas of Expertise: Gender,peacebuilding,humanrights and democracy

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  • Katie McDonald
    Mar 09, 2010
    Mar 09, 2010

    Hello Asmau,

    Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features to explore.

    This month, in celebration of International Women's Day, members are encouraged to raise their voices in solidarity with our sisters worldwide to advance peace, demand gender equality and alleviate poverty:

    If you have any questions or need help navigating PulseWire, please ask.

    I look forward to hearing more about your life.

    Best wishes,


  • Asmau Benzies-Leo
    Mar 14, 2010
    Mar 14, 2010

    Hi Katie, thanks for adding me to your friend list.Am a young woman from the northern part of Nigeria(Adamawa State) but presently based in Jos, Plateau,Nigeria with my family where i work as an Executive Director with CENGAIN.Iam involve mostly with women and youth to end violence against women,nonviolence campaign for youth and a lot of programmes that centre around our thematic areas which are: - Women/Children’s Rights - Peace building - Democracy & Governance - Conflict Management - Active Nonviolence - Trauma Counseling - Peace Education /Peer Mediation - Gender Mainstreaming - Humanitarian Assistance. Looking forward to hear from you.

    Best regards,


  • Maria Howe
    Mar 14, 2010
    Mar 14, 2010


    It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

    Sounds like you are doing some great work in Nigeria. Empowering individuals to promote peace through everyday choices and actions is wonderful. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

    Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

    Regards, Maria

  • Asmau Benzies-Leo
    Dec 26, 2010
    Dec 26, 2010

    Merry christmas to all members of Pulsewire. Oh, do I hear myself say Merry...?!!! Well, for us in Jos, Northern Nigeria, there is little or no reason to be cheerful, because of the bloodshed and violence that marred our celebration; 40 people were confirmed dead, while 74 others were hospitalised following the multiple bomb blasts which rocked different parts of the metropolis on Christmas eve. Amongst those affected were women and innocent children. A total of eight explosives were planted in two parts of the state capital. Six of the explosives were planted at the Kabong area, while two were planted at Angwan Rukuba. One of the bombs was planted in a busy market area in Kabong where people were making last-minute shopping for the Christmas; another was planted at a relaxation spot in Angwan Rukuba.The blasts generated fresh tension in the city, because they occurred in areas mostly inhabited by indigenous ethnic groups and Christians, consequent of which were reprisal attacks by youths.This is my worse Christmas ever because we could not go to church, the streets were deserted for most of the day as people stayed indoors for fear of the unknown. My son who is 4 years old had anxiously waited for the promised visit to a recreational center, where he will have fun with friends, the excitement of wearing his new Christmas clothes was also aborted.He felt so disappointed and withdrawn, he couldn't understand why his mum was unable fulfill her promise.This morning he woke up very early to remind me of our deal, but I opened the window in my room and asked him to peep outside and see if there were cars moving, he said No.....again I asked if he could hear gun shots, he said yes, with pain and disappointment I explained to him how dangerous and impossible it was for us to go out......Oh what a way to celebrate the joy this season . Some churches even cancelled their Christmas services so that there members will not be endangered. Security has been beefed up in all parts of the city with soldiers stationed at Churches and other strategic points.