Engaging Women in Community Peacebuilding
The Mothers for Peace project commenced in 2007 when Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre mobilized over 250 community women to campaign and advocate for peace in their communitites through peace rallies. These rallies were held in Tere-ama community on March 10, 2007; In Emohua/Ogbakiri April 9, 2007 and in Ogoni July 21, 2007. The main objective of the rallies was to campagin against violence and conflict during the 2007 elections. After the peace rallies Kebetkache built the capacities of the women leaders on conflict management and peace-building; these women were also exposed to media engagement such as radio discussions, where they spoke about issues of violence and conflict in their communities as they impact on women. Now, with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) the women are carrying out peace education for youths and students in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers state.