“Women For Peace” Building A Peaceful Society Through Family-To-Family Advocacy
When Women for Peace in Nigeria (WOPIN) evolved in the Nineties, the focal point was to engender friendly atmosphere of peace, harmony and love in the society. Family education and enlightenment strategy as well as advocacy was the target of the peer groups that constituted the founding members of the peace organization, spearheaded by a visionary woman, (Dr) Hajiya Maryam C. Abdullahi.
One the driving force of the initiative of the NGO, which has continued to propel the organization’s mission, indeed, was empowerment and support to the needy, especially orphans and other vulnerable in the society. Members – particularly the residents, especially the President – suddenly became a home away from home for the vulnerabilities, who could no longer cope with one square meal.
In less than a year of its existence, women battling with death for living with HIV/Aids unknowingly were discovered in droves during family-to-family visitation of members of the initiative that came up almost immediately after the heinous ethno-religious squabbles that rocked Kaduna state consistently and left many children orphaned.
The essence of the visitation was mainly to identify families that had fallen victims of the riots and advocate for peace, while devising ways on how to assist in complimenting them in any areas of human needs. Speedily, interventions by spirited individuals and cooperate organizations, as well as communities from within and without, culminated to giving the body a boost, which led to some international attraction and limelight.
Hitherto, WOPIN has established branches in virtually all the 36 states of Nigeria and links in most foreign nations of the world, but required more funds to expand its frontiers to the grassroots levels.