Founder of the Network of Civil Society Organizations for Peace as Voices of the Voiceless People
Ms Hamsatu Allamin is a self-motivated, committed and hardworking administrator, educator and project manager with over three decades of experience in all aspects of general administration, human resource and project management. Her unique blend of intellectualism, professionalism and service has earned her awards and recognition within and outside Nigeria as a gender activist, author and free-lance writer, turned a Human Rights Defender and Peace Maker with the Boko Haram Insurgency that was started by her kinsmen in her community and spread across the West African Sub-Region.
She is the initiator of the Network of Civil Society organizations for Peace as Voices of the Voiceless people, out of which the WPS Network was formed in Borno and Yobe states (epi-center of the insurgency). She is a highly respected and trusted mediator in Nigeria and is actively engaged as Consultant, Regional Representative and Conflict Analyst respectively, to the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP) – a DFID/British council Peace Building initiative in North East Nigeria from 2011 to July 2017. She is the Lead Resource person/Adviser of WPS Network in the North East. Ms. Allamin is also the Zonal Coordinator North East, Image Maker and Chairperson of International Relations & Projects Committee of the Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN), who has not only provided leadership to African women and youth, but has motivated and mentored them to discover and develop their potentials.
Allamin is a Country Representative (Nigeria) and founding member of an international Network of Women Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) a regional ICAN, USA initiative, Member of Independent Review Panel (IRP) of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Member of the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Advisory Committee on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, Advisory Committee Member of the, Defying Extremism Committee at the Kroc IPJ, USD, USA, a 2016 International Woman Peace Maker of the Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice, University of San Diego, USA and the Peace Activist/Advocate challenging the Narrative of Boko Haram and Apathy to the West and Secular Education in Northern Nigeria.
An effective communicator, with good problem solving and analytical skills, Ms Allamin speaks nationally and internationally presenting scores of well researched papers on conflict, peacemaking and gender issues, and consults for a number of international NGOs working in Africa. She has spoken three times at the UN Headquarters in NY, at a UNSC session on behalf of NGOWG on WPS, UNCTC and UNGA. She has participated in several dialogue initiatives and is an advocate of alternative approaches to end the Boko Haram insurgency in North Eastern Nigeria.
The most recent article she co-authored “Jihadi Groups and State-Building: The Case of Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Approach to Women and Girls” published in November 2016 in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development: is worthy of note
“Our women — even the illiterate ones residing in rural areas — are making significant impacts, especially during the current insurgency, but nobody cares to acknowledge them and give them a space to realize their worth.”