Yearly Archives: 2020

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Nominations for The Earthshot Prize

We are delighted to announce our role as Nominator on the Earthshot Prize Council to facilitate the search and selection process for the first winners of the most prestigious global environment prize in history. The Earthshot Prize Council is a global list of influential individuals from a wide range of different sectors, all of whom are committed to championing positive action in the environmental space.   The Earthshot Prize is centered around five Earthshots...

WEP TRAINS FARMING COMMUNITIES ON THE PRODUCTION OF ORGANIC PESTICIDE

Farmers from Dobi and Pagadna communities in Gwagwalada have undergone a training on the production of organic pesticide organized by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) as part of activities on the Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) funded project “Controlling Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides Use through Organic Farming in Dobi and Padgana Communities in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, FCT”. The project is aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture and combating climate change through the adoption of organic farming practices in...

TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN ACROSS NIGERIA

Women Environmental Programme (WEP) received from the Department of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment, 3000 trees seedlings as part of the Presidential Trees Planting Campaign to tackle climate change in Nigeria. The tree seedlings have been planted across the country and distributed to various communities and organizations for planting. The tree planting campaign is in fulfillment of President Buhari’s pledge to plant 25 million trees in Nigeria to enhance the country’s carbon sink as part of the country’s efforts to implement the...

PRESS UPDATE: FEC APPROVES NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON GENDER AND CLIMATE CHANGE FOR NIGERIA

Press Update Abuja, Nigeria. 12th August, 2020. The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria (FEC) has approved the National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change. The action plan was presented at the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) that was presided by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari today. Women Environmental Programme (WEP) collaborated with the Department of Climate Change (DCC), the Federal Ministry of Environment to develop the National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change for the Country. The Action Plan...

WEP ESTABLISHES SOLAR-POWERED DIGITAL CREATIVE LABS IN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Lack of skills coupled with the absence of opportunities for growth and development is a catalyst to violent extremism in communities. Young boys and girls without sustainable expertise and abilities are susceptible to be lured into perpetrating criminal and violent acts. As part of efforts to cushion the aggravation of young children in communities being radicalized and recruited into violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has established Solar-powered Digital/Creative Computer Laboratories in secondary schools across Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo...

WEP SETS UP MENTORSHIP GROUPS FOR YOUTHS IN BENUE COMMUNITIES

Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is building the capacities of young people to become more resilient to radicalization to violent extremism by enhancing their sense of belonging and self-worth. WEP is effectively instilling a sense of purpose and providing guidance to these youths through monthly mentorship sessions in their communities.                              These meetings provide a platform for mentees to engage, learn, share knowledge and experiences from their everyday...

WEP ESTABLISHES PEACE CLUBS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The prevalent level of crime, violence and terrorism across the country today is a great concern. Insecurity has devastating impacts on community life particularly as peace is a prerequisite for development and social change. The porous state of existing security structures and the inadequacy of peace builders are continually fostering violence extremism in communities. In line with her mandate to build safer and peaceful communities, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is nurturing young boys and girls as peace ambassadors to advocate...

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) MECHANISMS

Existing conflicts are prominent drivers of violence extremism. Extremist groups are known to leverage on grievances from existing conflicts within and outside communities to gain access and recruit members to violent sects to cause unrest. In order to strengthen resilience to radicalization and recruitment to violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has built the capacities of locals from various communities in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state to resolve disputes without them escalating into violent confrontations...

WEP ORGANISES INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON PREVENTING VIOLENCE EXTREMISM IN BENUE COMMUNITIES

Over the years, there have been increased violent conflicts ranging from herdsmen & farmers clashes to kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, communal and inter-religious clashes with thousands of vulnerable population members killed and displaced without means of survival. These rampant acts of violence extremism and terrorism have affected mostly women, children, the aged and persons with special needs. The absence of peace resulting from these crises has caused huge imbalances in access to social, cultural, political, economic and development opportunities in...

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITIES ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY POLICING

Bringing law enforcement authorities and the public together to identify and address crime is paramount in the prevention of crime and violence in communities. This relationship between officers and locals has been fostered by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) through workshops on Community Policing and Neighbourhood Watch Best Practices. These trainings which involved community members and security agents across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue State are part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by the Global Community Engagement...