Nigeria’s first NAP was for the period 2013-2016. The second NAP covered 2017 – 2020. There does not appear to be a third NAP going beyond 2020, nor information about one in progress.
Objectives/Aims of the 2017-2020 NAP:
The NAP has five pillars each comprising a strategic objective supported by outcome objectives. These are set out in a matrix that also includes indicators of achievement and identifies lead agencies responsible for their implementation. The five pillars are:
PILLAR 1 : PREVENTION AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS:
To ensure prevention of conflict and all forms of violence against women and girls, institute coping mechanisms and systems for averting and mitigating disasters.
PILLAR 2: PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION:
To increase participation and engagement of women and inclusion of women’s interests in desicion-making processes related to conflict prevention and peace-building;
To ensure the full and equal participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making.
PILLAR 3: PROTECTION AND PROSECUTION:
To ensure the rights of women and girls are protected and promoted in conflict and peace, and to prosecute such rights violators.
PILLAR 4: CRISIS MANAGEMENT, EARLY RECOVERY AND POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION:
To ensure women’s and girls’ specific relief and recovery needs are met and women’s capacities to act as agents in crisis, recovery and post–conflict situations are reinforced.
PILLAR 5: PARTNERSHIPS, COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT:
This is a cross-cutting pillar to ensure increase in the capacity and resources to coordinate, implement, monitor and report on women, peace and security plans and programmes.
Many conflicts followed Nigeria’s independence in 1960, most of these characterized by violence, sexual assault, food insecurity, and internal displacement: all issues strongly affecting the rise of women’s rights in Nigeria. The incessant wave of insurgency and its consequences in the North East Nigeria, militancy in the South-South and gendered-kidnapping and abductions with a view to using women and girls as a source of extortion, have thrown up new dynamics and challenges to human security in the country. This necessitated a review of the 1st NAP (2013) and the development of a new NAP with the aim of incorporatIng lessons learned, addressIng identified gaps and challenges while responding to emerging issues and new frontiers.
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development was the lead agency in the development process of Nigeria's second NAP. Civil society actors actively participated in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages; for example, the NAP Steering Committee comprised various government ministries, UN entities and civil society organizations.
UN Peacekeeping statistics:
In May 2023 Nigeria was contributing the following UN peacekeeping personnel:
Women’s role in peacekeeping:
The above table shows Nigeria is one of the few countries to have reached the UN’s 2022 targets for women’s engagement in peacekeeping missions (19% for senior police, staff and experts, and 9% for troops).
Nigerian National Action Plan 2017-2020 SKMBT_C364e17061219400.pdf (wpsnaps.org)
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