FG, UN, World Bank Partners on Women’s Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment in Nigeria | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The federal government, UN Women and the World Bank have developed plans to ensure women are adequately represented in the next administration at all levels by 2023.

There was also an agreement to empower women, eradicate poverty and address issues affecting women and children in Nigeria.

This decision was made public during the 22nd Regular National Council on Women’s Affairs (NCWA) organized by the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs which was held in Abuja.

In her opening address, Women’s Affairs Minister Dame Pauline Tallen said the theme for this year’s NCWA was “Women’s Inclusion and Women’s Economic Empowerment; making change work for women and children” is appropriate as it re-addresses issues affecting women and children in Nigeria.

She said it also provides a forum to track their achievements so far, share knowledge and exchange expertise as it relates to women and children.

The minister said that “34 states have currently incorporated the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015 (VAPP) while 32 states have incorporated the Child Rights Act 2003.

“The ministry was also able to make the national sex offender registry and referral pathway available at the federal and state levels, and increased the number of safe spaces for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV ).

“Since taking office, we have prioritized GBV, social and cultural inequalities, and other harmful practices that disproportionately affect the health of women and children. We have focused on inclusive interventions aimed at improving Nigeria’s socio-economic development for impactful results in line with the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She called for better funding of the ministry and a realignment of its mandate with the fundamental principle of improving social inclusion and reducing poverty.

In his remarks, the Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria, Mr. Shubaham Chaudhuri, said that the organization is committed to investing in children and women, creating jobs and economic opportunities and strengthening the governance.

According to him, if governments around the world want to eradicate poverty and want their nations to prosper, then gender equality and the empowerment of women are absolutely essential.

Chaundhuri said that “Through the Women and Girls Support Projects (SWAG) and the Adolescent Girls Learning and Empowerment Initiative (AGILE), the World Bank has supported the government in the areas of education and empowerment. The most important thing to ensure a country’s future is to keep adolescent girls in school so they can become powerful entrepreneurs and leaders.

“That’s why we are working closely with the Ministries of Women’s Affairs, Education, Finance and all northern states on this agenda.”

Ms. Beatrice Eyong, UN National Women’s Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, said they were working to promote the representation of women in decision-making positions and the economic empowerment of women and girls.

Eyong said: “If we want change to work for women and girls, we need to increase the representation of women at the table and ensure that the rights of women and girls are upheld, as laid down in conventions and additional texts and protocols ratified by the Government of Nigeria.

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