First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Buhari called on African First Ladies to intensify efforts to end gender-based violence and promote peace on the African continent.
Addressing the 10th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, Buhari highlighted the devastating impact of insecurity and violence, especially on women and children.
Elected President of the AFLPM in November 2021, Buhari shared the mission’s accomplishments over the past year, including the construction of a five-story secretariat in Abuja funded by the Nigerian government, member states and private donors.
The building will serve as a platform and mechanism to support women’s initiatives that will contribute to peace, stability and security in Africa.
The AFLPM also provided humanitarian support to victims of the recent Turkey Syria earthquake, as well as educational materials, food supplements, and nutritional food items to countries such as Sierra Leone, Burundi, and Liberia.
Buhari urged African First Ladies to pursue constructive engagement with wealthy individuals to create deliberate opportunities for poverty reduction, engage the media as a key player in setting agendas, and introduce peace studies in educational institutions.
Buhari’s term as First Lady ends on May 29, 2023, and a new President and Vice President of AFLPM have been elected. Buhari expressed confidence that her successor’s tenure would move the AFLPM a notch higher and promised to remain supportive in her role as the Chair of the Honorary Advisory Council.
The African First Ladies Peace Mission was established in 1995 to promote peace, stability, and development in Africa.
The mission brings together First Ladies from different African countries to advocate for the welfare of women, children, and other vulnerable groups in society.