- An initiative to empower women and girls in Nigeria has been launched
- The program aims to close the persistent gender equality gaps in Nigerian society
- The minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has declared her support for the initiative
A non-governmental organization, Osasu Show Foundation, has launched its Women and Girls Empowerment (WAGE) program which aims to close the persistent gender equality gaps in society.
The initiative was launched on Tuesday, March 10 in Abuja, with the aim to close the persistent gender equality gaps in society.
In attendance at the event were the minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, former minister of youth and sports, Dr Bolaji Abdullahi and presidential aide, Maryam Uwais.
Country Director of Amnesty International, Osai Ojigho, chief executive of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal and representatives for UN Women, CDD, UNODC, Mercy Corps, Action Aid, Women in Politics Forum and European Centre for Electoral Support were also in attendance.
Legit.ng gathered that WAGE will work to support the implementation of activities that achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 16 which are hinged on five thematic areas:
1. Women’s political participation and leadership: increasing women’s representation in appointive and elective positions, while ensuring more women actively participate in intra-party activities;
2. Girl child education
Reducing the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria by ensuring access to free, quality, and safe education;
3. Maternal health
Reducing the rate of maternal mortality and morbidity by increasing access to quality and affordable healthcare services through a political commitment to increase the budgetary allocation for health to 15% at federal, state, local government levels;
4. Violence against women and girls
Reducing the number of women and girls that suffer violence from the same and the opposite sex due to gender discrimination; and
5. Child marriage
Reducing the rate of child marriage in areas across the country where the practice is prevalent by embarking on extensive advocacy in the affected regions, targeting both government and people in communities, and highlighting the attendant negative effects.
At the event, Lawal called for the inclusion of women in decision-making processes.
According to him, inequality hinders the possibility to deliver the SDGs, especially in Nigeria.
The foundation is a non- governmental organization created for the sole purpose of solving a social problem in a financially self-sustainable way.
It has the vision to be a globally renowned non-governmental organization, which promotes and provides access to equal opportunities, a socio-economic active youth population, where poverty can be overcome and every child has access to quality education.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has warned that much more needs to be done to protect the rights of Nigerian girls, particularly from violence.
In a new report released on Wednesday, March 4 titled: A New Era for Girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress, UNICEF, Plan International and UN Women reveal that violence against women and girls is still common, despite significant gains in education globally.
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