Vision Spring Initiative since March 2019 through consultancy services is partnering with North East Regional Initiative (NERI) on a USAID funded project to support ending violent extremist attacks in Bornu and Adamawa states. In Northern Nigeria, women and girls are being exposed under a terrible system of marginalization. They struggle economically and socially through many traditions and cultural practices, not given the opportunity to contribute to many mainstream societal processes ranging from peacebuilding, health, education, politics, and economic ventures.
With the ongoing insurgency, the condition of community women here can best be described as pathetic and unfortunate. They are fenced out of basic community peacebuilding processes and encumbered with the need to provide shelter and care for the household.
This Political, Social and Economic insecurities has been a major portal through which ISIS-WA have forced some vulnerable women to become suicide bomb machinery and suppliers of logistics fueling the insurgency. The role of women in building peace has been undermined; their voices has been muted by pre-existing traditions and the raging insurgency. We are excited to be partnering with NERI towards changing this narrative.