Nigeria entered a state of crisis after the 2012 Boko Haram attacks killed hundreds of innocent people. The increase in violent extremism created a climate of fear and emphasised religious divisions. Women without Borders (WwB) sees that women are a key to a safer Nigeria. As part of WwB’s growing network of Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE network) projects, Christian pastor Esther Ibanga and the Muslim scholar and peace activist Khadija Hawaja came together to encourage women in their communities to work towards their shared goals of dialogue and reconciliation. These women believe that exchanging these shared experiences from living in a culture of violent extremism can help to overcome religious or community divides. In employing this shared fear, unity can breed courage and positive change.
Nigerian Women Against Violent ExtremismThe Pivotal Role Women Can Play in Peacebuilding
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