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Theresa Adah | Christian Aid | TAdah@christian-aid.org

 

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE CONSULTATIVE MEETING WITH FAITH AND TRADITIONAL LEADERS IN PREPARATION FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE SIDE BY SIDE MOVEMENT – HELD AT TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL, ABUJA, AUGUST 30, 2018
PREAMBLE

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) with the support of Christian Aid held a consultative meeting as part of activities in preparation for the formal launch of the Side by Side Movement in Nigeria. The Side by Side Movement is a growing global movement pursuing transformational change for gender justice. It is made up of people of faith, traditional leaders and faith-based organisations (FBOs) across the world committed to partnering together to challenge barriers to gender justice.

The aim of the consultative meeting was to synchronise the activities of faith and traditional leaders, FBOs, development partners and individuals from different backgrounds to advocate and address all manifestations of gender inequality in a coordinated and comprehensive way to achieve gender justice in Nigeria. The meeting which was held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, August 30, 2018 was attended by over thirty-five (35) participants – including leaders of traditional and religious institutions, FBOs and the media.

OBSERVATIONS
At the close of the meeting, participants affirmed and observed that:

1. The promotion of gender equity, equality and justice is one action that touches on the fabrics of humanity. Therefore, irrespective of our religious beliefs and creed; the issue should be paramount and given the desired attention;

2. Religious and traditional leaders as well as other faith-based actors in Nigeria have significant role to play in ensuring gender justice in view of their voice and the influence they have in the society.

RESOLUTIONS
In the light of the above, the following resolutions were taken at the consultative forum, that:

1. The Side by Side Movement is a welcome development and it should be launched in Nigeria to strengthen and better coordinate the existing efforts at promoting gender equity, equality and justice;

2. The proposed document that profiled the programme, activities, structure, vision, mission and values of the Movement was reviewed and adopted;

3. The proposed November 2018 date for the formal launch of the Movement in Nigeria is feasible and accepted and a caretaker committee set up with the mandate to work towards holding the launch on Tuesday, the 20th day of November 2018;

4. A caretaker committee was set up to carry out courtesy calls, interface with faith-based groups and plan for the launch. Apart from the representatives of the mentor and secretariat (Centre LSD and Christian Aid), other members of the committee include Rev. Nath Ayedogbon, Louis, Vera Nwosu, and Fatima Faroq;

5. To ensure gender balance in the Movement, names of prominent and influential women of faith were suggested for consideration and possible addition;

6. An 11-person Steering Committee was constituted as follows:

i. Prof. Mustafa Ismail Hussein – Co-Chair
ii. Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji – Co-Chair
iii. Imam Onike Abdulazeez – Member
iv. Hadjia Halima Jibril – ,,
v. Pst. Dr. Mrs. Mabel O. Sowoolo – ,,
vi. Prof James O. I. Ayatse (Tor Tiv) – ,,
vii. Bishop Kingsley Enakhirere – ,,
viii. Prof (Mrs.) Joy Ezeilo – ,,
ix. Mrs. Leah Solomon – ,,
x. Barr. Mariya Haruna Dogondaji – ,,
xi. Dr. Otive Igbuzor – ,,

The terms of reference and other relevant rules of engagement will be formally communicated to members of the committee by the secretariat;

7. There is need to develop a website and create social media accounts to facilitate effective online and real time communication with the movement’s internal and external publics.

CONCLUSION
Participants were resolute on the need to work together to ensure the launch of the Side by Side Movement in Nigeria as well as the promotion of gender equity, equality and justice in Nigeria.

SIGNED
1. Prof. Mustapha I. Hussaini – Centre for Human Rights in Islam
2. Rev Sam Ayedogbon – Catalyst for Global Peace and Justice Initiative
3. Imam Onike Abdulazeez – Chief Imam of NASFAT
4. Prof. James O. I. Ayatse – Tor Tiv & President, Benue State Council of Traditional Leaders
5. Hadjia Halima Jibril – Amiral of FOMWAN

 

Side by Side Project Brief

Side by Side Nigeria Consultative Meeting – Press Release

 

 

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