Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA
Tamale, Feb. 13, GNA - The Northern Regional Peace Council has organised a peace building capacity training workshop for some selected youth and women groups in the Bimbilla and Bunkurugu areas.
The two-day training workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the youth and women groups in conflict areas to serve as peace building mediators and to ensure that amicable solutions were found to resolve conflict.
The workshop held in Tamale was on the theme: “Strengthening the capacity of women and youth in peace building” and sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU).
The event was to create a platform for the participants to share experiences and to acquire the technical skills and dynamic ways of identifying potential threats in order to find lasting solutions to conflicts within communities.
Ms Jennifer Asuako, Gender Analyst at UNDP said women had the capacity to support in mediation and prevention process of conflicts, stressing that early warnings of conflicts were easily identified by women who must be used as peace ambassadors.
“They see it in the market place, they hear a lot of things and they are capable of raising alarm to alert and called for the need to involve them in the process, which also calls for the need to build their capacities for them to do it properly”, she said.
She indicated that, the youth were also the future leaders who could contribute significantly towards solving conflict and spearheading development agendas in the country, stressing that if not mentored properly “they could become perpetrators of conflicts in society”.
Mr Thaddeus Kuusah, the Executive Secretary of the Northern Regional Peace Council urged people within the conflict prone area to accept the verdict of the judiciary body handling conflict cases to ensure peace in the region.
He said the absence of peace in the region had the potential of scaring away investors from the untapped resources of the region, which retarded development and contributed to the unemployment rate.