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A coalition of women and civil society groups under #SecureOurLives compiles the names of hundreds of Nigerians killed nationwide

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A coalition of women and civil society groups under #SecureOurLives is compiling the names of the hundreds of Nigerians killed across the country with the idea of building a database for victims of conflict and insecurity in the country.

The project which commenced in April 2021 has since verified the names of 1, 499 victims across the country which it will make public on Tuesday.

A member of the coalition, Buky Williams, of the Plan for Action Group said, “When we read the news, or we look at what is happening, we forget that there is a person behind what has happened and we forget that it is happening to people’s families, people’s friends, people’s loved ones and by saying their names we are honouring them and saying that we didn’t need to lose them if we had put in place early warning systems, and if the security structure had responded to situations like kidnappings, the safety of our schools, all of these critical things. We don’t want this to continue. We can’t continue to lose loved ones. It’s not like there is no solution, it’s just that we have not prioritised this enough.”

Another member of the coalition, Ayisha Osori, said it is surprising that Nigeria does not have a database of victims of the violence that has been engulfing the country over the years.

“We noticed that there is a gap in keeping records of victims. Nowhere is there a comprehensive list of people affected by the insecurity and conflicts so we thought we should start putting one together,” she said.

Ms Osori said they will eventually build a “Red Register” which will be publicly available online and will be updated with the names of every Nigerian killed in conflict or as a result of insecurity.

“By October, we hope to put on an exhibition that will capture the enormity of the losses we have suffered, something that will be symbolic of the names we have been able to verify,” she said.

She added that they are in the process of verifying hundreds of victims like those killed during the Shiite/Military clashes in Kaduna and those killed in the violence in Southern Kaduna. The names will be added to the list when the verification process is completed.

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Nigerian Women’s Call: 

End the Insecurity & Bloodshed 

#SecureOurLivesNow

Nigeria is one of the most unstable and terrorized countries in the world. We are currently ranked third in the world with a death toll of 25,711 people killed between 2010-2019. This does not include those murdered, kidnapped, assaulted, raped, and abducted since 2020. Nigerians are gradually being paralyzed with the fear of violence, unable to farm, travel, socialize or go to school and even in our homes, we are still not safe.

Women and Children bear the major brunt arising from wars and conflict and are often time the worst hit, we are therefore concerned about this spate of violence pervading the nation, we call on the government to TAKE ACTION to end the insecurity and bloodshed.

In its Mass Atrocities Report 2020, Global Rights Nigeria estimated that 4,556 Nigerians were killed in 2020, especially in the restive northeastern part of the country. In the first quarter of 2021, over 220 kidnapping incidents were recorded with at least 2,114 victims. In the same first quarter of 2021, over 600 schools closed across six states in the North. Violence is raging in Abia, Benue, Imo, Kebbi, Niger, Ondo and Oyo due to non-state actor violence, insurrection, the proliferation of weapons, farmer-herder conflict and state security operations. The death of Shekau and Deby, herald the terror of a more organized Islamic West Africa Province and hundreds of thousands are displaced from their homes and means of livelihood while women and children are being captured for rape & indoctrinated into a life of violence.

Nigeria’s security forces are stretched, dogged with allegations of corruption and abuse and the country is awash with small arms and light weapons in the middle of an economic recession, high unemployment and food insecurity. The increasing rate of crime and violence is alarming and of great concern to everyone. Few can sleep soundly for fear and the uncertainty is unbearable. Nigeria is inflicted with a thousand cuts and hemorrhaging and we need to stop the bleeding and needless deaths. The insecurity endangers the continued existence of the country, and every citizen is at risk.

 The demands:

  1. Reform community security policing: Engage and involve states and communities in security management especially in security provisioning and ensure state and community needs and risks influence the deployment of security assets. 
  • Setup early warning mechanisms and ensure women’s participation in peace and security decision making: Establish an early warning and early response mechanism to track in real time when an incident occurred and when state security agents respond. Incidences of attackers spending hours killing and maiming citizens in communities must end. Build on women’s indigenous knowledge to involve them in the community peace architecture as mediators and negotiators.
  • Daily security briefings: Nigerians need the assurance that the attacks around the country are being recorded and addressed collaboratively by relevant state actors under the supervision of the President.  During the COVID19 pandemic, we had daily briefings; insecurity is killing more people and should be accorded a higher level of urgency.
  • Transparency & accountability on security spending: The link between our huge defense budget and the safety and security of Nigerians must be reinforced. Nigerians demand accountability from state security forces and governors on how defense budgets and security votes are implemented. 
  • National response to kidnapping: Until the menace of kidnapping is brought under control, all kidnapping cases should be handled centrally, aligned to a strategy/policy to be implemented by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

We the undersigned organisations are members of the Feminist Womanifesto Group:

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Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls

Above Whispers Foundation

Above Whispers Media Foundation

Action Aid Nigeria

ActionAid International

ACTS Generation GBV

Ade Grange Child Foundation

ADEM Community & Human Development Foundation

Adinya Arise Foundation (AAF)

Advocate for Health and Development Initiative

African Women's Initiative/ Verity CNET

African Women’s Initiative (AWI)

Ajegunle Community Project

Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation

Alliances for Africa (AfA)

Aminchi Women Cooperative Society

Amnesty International Nigeria

ARDA Development Communication Inc.

Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation.

ASWHAN

ATATA Development and Empowerment Foundation (ADEF)

BLECCA Foundation

Bring Back Our Girls

Briskila Emefesi Women Foundation (BEWOF)

Cece Yara Foundation

Cedar Seed Foundation

CEE-HOPE Nigeria

Center For Economic Empowerment And Gender Activities (CEEGA)

Centre For Alternative Development And Self-Enhancement (CEADESE NG)

Centre For Health And Development In Africa(CHEDA)

Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN)

Centre For Peace Education And Community Development

Centre For Women’s Health And Information (CEWHIN)

Change Managers International Network

Charity Women Spring of Salvation

Chedal Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society

Child Care and Adult Protection Initiative (CCAPI)

Choung-Dung Women Association.

Christian Women For Excellence And Empowerment In Nigerian Society (CWEENS)

Christian Women In Nigerian Politics

Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR)

Community and Youth Development

Community Education Advancement of Peace And Development Initiative (CEAPDI)

Community Initiative for Healthy And Peaceful Society

Community Life Project (CLP)

Community Rescue Initiative (CRI)

Community Women Initiatives

Country Associates Network

Courageous People Health and Development Initiative (CPHDL)

Crestville Development Foundation

Development in Practice Gender and Entrepreneurial Initiative (DIPGEI)

Diaspora Womanifesto2019

Dinidari Foundation

Dorothy Njemanze Foundation

Dream Alive Women And Orphans Support Foundation (DAWOS Foundation)

Echoes Of Women In Africa Initiatives

Edo Women's Development Initiative

Education As A Vaccine (EVA)

EiE Nigeria

Emerge Women

Empowerment And Action Research Centre

Equality Through Education Foundation (ETEF)

Equity Advocates (EA)

Equity Advocates and The Woman Today Newspaper TWT

Equity Advocates/ The Woman Today Newspaper

FACICP Disability Plus

FAME Foundation

Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja

Federal Ministry of Women Affairs

Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON)

Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN)

Federation of Paralegal Network (FEDPAN)

Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)

Fembridge Development Initiative (FEDI)

FIDA Nigeria

First Future Leadership

First Future Leadership Company/Gte

FOMWAN

Ford Foundation

Forward in Action For Education, Poverty And Malnutrition (FACE-PAM)

FRED

Gender Action Awareness Trust

Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN)

Gender and Development Action (GADA)

Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative(GERI)

Gender Awareness Trust (GAT)

Gender Development Initiative

Gender Equality Center

Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre

Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre

Gender Technical Unit (GTU)

Girl Child Advocacy and Education Initiatives

Girl Child Africa

Girl Child Education, Care & Rehabilitation

Girl Education Rehabilitation and Care (GERAC)

Girls Power Initiative (GPI)

Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation (GLOHWOC)

Green Spring Development Initiative

Habiba Dangana (Hadis) Foundation

Heal Disability Initiative

Health Education and Human Rights Advocacy Initiative

Health Reform Foundation Of Nigeria(HERFON)

HEIR Women Development

Help Initiative for Social Justice & Humanitarian Development

Hope For New Life

Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development IRIAD

Inter Africa Committee (IAC)

Inter Gender Peace Foundation

International Action Network On Small Arms Women Network Of

International Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida Nigeria)

International Hairstylists, Barber and Body Therapists (IHSTOBAN)

International Society of Media In Public Health (ISMPH)

International Women Communication Centre

IRIAD

Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation

Jamatul Nasir Islam, Women Wing

Jana Health Foundation

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC)

Justice Development and Peace Mission (JDPM)

K/Mashi Gamji Women

Kebetkache Women Development And Resources Centre

Kimpact Initiatives

Kudirat Initiative For Democracy (KIND)

Kungiyar Tallafin Mata Development Initiative

League Of Queens International Empowerment

League of Women Voters of Nigeria NILOWV

LEDAP

Lift Initiative

MBULA Women Association

Media & Teens Network.

Media Concern Initiative

MODAC

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome

More Women in Politics

My Voice My Future NGO

Nasrul – Lahi-L- Faith Society (NASFAT)

National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)

National Centre for Women Development

National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)

NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women

Neighbourhood Care -Well Foundation

Network of Reproductive Health Journalists Of Nigeria, NRHJN

Next Initiative for Gender Actions (NIGA)

NGAS Women Farmers’ Cooperative Society

Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)

Nigeria For Women Project

Nigeria Labour Congress, Women Committee

Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT)

Nigerian Express

Nigerian Women Politics Forum

Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NTWF)

Ogayem Merciful Care and Support Initiatives (OMCSI)

Ogun Women Alive

Olive Community Development Initiatives

Onomese Foundation

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Osi Joe Touching Lives Initiative

Ovie Brume Foundation

Partners West Africa

Peasant Dragnet

Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI)

Project Alert on Violence Against Women

Quinnipiac University

Ray of Hope Community Foundation

Relief Development Initiative Kaduna

Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative

Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative

She Forum Africa

Sheforshe Africa Initiative

Shout Global Health

Small-scale Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON)

South- South Professional Women Association.

Stand to End Rape (STER)

Stephanie Peace Building Development Foundation

Support For Needy Children And Women Initiative (SUNCHI)

SWOFON National Abuja

Taraba State University

TechHerNG

The Inclusion Project (TIP)

The Priceless Jewels Foundation

THR Media – HERFESSIONS INITIATIVE

Tonia Bruised But Not Broken Foundation

Transformation and Development Center (TDC)

Transition Monitoring Group

Tunde & Friends Foundation (TAFF)

UC Women Commission

UN Women

Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI)

Voice Of Ogun Women (VOW)

West African Network for Peace

Widows Development Organization (WIDO)

Woman-Being Concern Nigeria

Women & Youth Awareness Empowerment Network (WOYAEN)

Women Advocacy, HIV Prevention and Other Diseases (WAHPOD)

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)

Women Aid Collective

Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative

Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON)

Women education advocacy and development Initiatives (WEADI)

Women Empowerment and Initiative Development

Women Empowerment and Reproductive Health Centre (WERHC)

Women Empowerment Education and peace building lnitiative (WEPBI )

Women Environmental Programme

Women Farmers Alliance

Women For Peace And Gender Equality Initiative (WOPEGEE)

Women for Women International

Women Foundation Initiative

Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN)

Women in Action for Positive Development and Gender Enhancement Center (WAPGADEC)

Former Women Action Organization (WAO)

Women In Africa Initiative

Women In Agriculture

Women In Mining

Women in Politics Forum

Women Information Network (WINET)

Women Initiative for Democracy and Empowerment (WIDE)

Women Law and Development Initiative (WOLDI)

Women Law Development Center of Nigeria (WLDCN)

Women Lead Agric

Women League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Women of Vision Development Initiative

Women Protection Organization (WOPO)

WOMEN RADIO 91.7

Women Wing of The Christian Association Of Nigeria (WOWICAN)

Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative (WICCI)

Women, Youths and Children Advancement Program

Women Aid Collective (WACOL)

Women Optimum Development Foundation-WODEF

Women Right to Education Programme (WREP)

Women’s Crisis Centre Owerri

Women’s Rights and Health Project

Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP)

Working Moms Africa

Wumi Asubiaro Dada

Youth Future Savers Initiative

Zonta International Club of Lagos 1

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