Extract from the Resolution on North-Eastern Nigeria, adopted by the Mission Synod of Mission 21 on 12 June 2015

We condemn in the strongest terms the violations of human dignity committed by Boko Haram, whose leaders propagate an ideology of hatred that births violence against anyone who does not submit to their worldview. We express outrage at the atrocities perpetrated in the name of the establishment of an Islamic caliphate: the forced displacements, the murders, the kidnapping, the torture and abuses, the destruction of property and livelihoods.

We reiterate that women and children are among those who suffer the greatest harm in war-torn societies as they are often victims of devastating forms of physical and psychological violence, including sexual violence, forced conversions, slavery, and that women are the first to be affected by lack of infrastructure as they struggle to care for the wounded and the weak,

We applaud the Government of Nigeria for having developed a National Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security,

We call upon all Governmental Agencies, Civil Society organizations, donors and all people of good will involved in relief and reconstruction work to plan and act

  • according to the best practices of responsible humanitarianism (‘do no harm’)
  • proactively promoting peace between religious (denominational) and ethnic groups
  • informed about and appreciative of local initiatives, skills and knowledge
  • in alignment with the above mentioned National Action Plan, which includes
    • ensuring the participation of women and youth at all levels of the reconstruction and peace process
    • making the socio-economic empowerment of women and girls a priority
    • intensifying advocacy against traditional and cultural practices that inhibit or obstruct the effective implementation of UNSCR 1325
    • promoting awareness of national and international laws concerning the rights and protection of women and girls
    • supporting the establishment of special courts to try the violators of women and girls

We call upon all ethnic and religious communities to embrace and actively accompany victims of any kind of violence, in particular victims of sexual violence, by

–     creating an environment that is physically and emotionally safe

–     sensitizing the members of the community with regard to the specific situation of victims

  • coordinating support (trauma counselling, pastoral care, health care, etc.)

–              condemning any form of stigmatization of individuals who have suffered from sexual violence