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Keep up with what is happening in Nigeria, throughout the region and around the world affecting the status of women’s rights, the empowerment of girls and progression of gender equality.

Nigeria’s poor healthcare system is responsible for 3,000 deaths of women and children daily – Faisal Shuaib

Publisher: Naij Published on: 17/06/2017

The executive director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has disclosed that as a result of poor access to basic healthcare, Nigeria loses 3,000 children and women daily to preventable diseases, Premium Times reports. According to Mr. Shuaib the country’s poor health system is also responsible for the death of some children in Nigeria before they reach the age of 5.

He stated: “Primary Healthcare remains the foundation for reasonable and sustainable changes to the poor health indicators in the sector, since it deals with these preventable diseases. “Nigeria’s poor health outcome in critical areas is best reflected by the fact that approximately 3,000 women and under five children die daily in the country. “This implies that in each state represented here, approximately 2,400 women and children die every month, 80 per day, from causes which are preventable.

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Gender Specific Approach To Renewables Will Reduce Energy Poverty In Nigeria

Publisher: Leadership Published on: 10/06/2017

Ify Malo, the Campaign Director, Power For All, Nigeria, a global renewable energy advocacy organization, has said energy poverty can be largely reduced via gender specific approaches to renewable energy generation and systems distribution. According to Malo, off-grid renewable systems with their seven-year guarantee (solar systems) and simple maintenance requirement is more cost-saving for families than diesel operating systems.

Revealing energy poverty number in Nigeria at 60 percent, of which 90 percent reside in the rural areas while the other 40 percent with access to on-grid electricity are situated in urban areas, Malo says women are highly affected by poor power supply. She also emphasized that lack of electricity in the rural areas, mid and lower class families, lengthens the amount of time women spend on household chores and subsistence agricultural production.

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NAN Commended On Effective Gender Coverage

Publisher: PM News Published on: 07/06/2017
Photo of Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Bayo Onanuga

Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Bayo Onanuga. Image: PM News

The Gender Equality Movement (GEM) in Enugu State has commended the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) for being gender sensitive in its reportage. The Leader of the movement, Mrs Ijeoma Uzoma, made the commendation in Enugu when the group visited the Zonal Office of the agency. According to Uzoma, NAN is a non-biased media that gives equal opportunity to all gender without discrimination.

She explained that the campaign for gender equality was aimed at giving equal opportunities to both men and women in the scheme of things. “I want to make it clear that gender equality campaign is not for women to fight or struggle for equality with the men but for balance in leadership positions,” she said.

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When women are leading: Implication for commerce in Nigeria

Publisher: Vanguard Published on: 01/06/2017
Photo of Iyalode Alaba Lawson

Iyalode Alaba Lawson. Image: Vanguard

For the first time ever in the history of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, a woman was recently sworn in as National President of the body. The 19th National President, Iyalode Alaba Lawson happens to be a well respected woman with a great title of Iyalode of Egbaland and Yorubaland

Barr. Emmanuel Cobhams, Director General of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, stated, “There are some internal dynamic works that have gone over the years and Iyalode has been in the system for several years. She is not just coming in. So she understands the ropes and knows what it takes. I am sure her preparation towards making NACCIMA better is still in the plan for her to unveil.”


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Women in politics: Nigeria can emulate Burkina Faso

Publisher: Vanguard Published on: 13/05/2017
Photo showing Cross section of STAGE members during a press briefing in Lagos

Cross section of STAGE members during a press briefing in Lagos. Image: Vanguard

Members of a coalition, Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality for Women Coalition (STAGE), recently lent their voices to the call for more women in government at a press briefing held in Lagos. STAGE is a women’s organization identifying with each other as sisters individually and collectively working to achieve gender equality in the nation’s governance structures. Stating that a lot of women do not like going into politics because of hate speech against women, Dr Angela Daniel, Co-chair STAGE said such speeches were used to degrade, intimidate or incite violence against women.

Dr Daniel said, “We hereby appeal to the political parties and other stakeholders to effect necessary changes and policies to encourage more women to participate in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the states. The Coalition desires that all stakeholders take responsibility and make appropriate commitments towards achieving gender equality in Nigeria’s democratic system starting from LG elections.”


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Nigeria Launches National Action Plan on Women, Peace, Security

Publisher: Premium Times Published on: 10/05/2017
Photo during the Launching of Revised National Action Plan resolution on Women Peace and Security

Launching of Revised National Action Plan resolution on Women Peace and Security.. Image: Premium Times

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Al-Hassan, has called for recognition in Nigeria of the pivotal role of women in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Mrs. Alhassan made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the launch of the revised National Action Plan for the Implementation of the United Nation Security Council Resolution, UNSCR 1325, and Related Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria.

According to Mrs. Al-Hassan, in spite of women’s proven natural reconciliation and stabilizing roles in the family, they have continued to be excluded from meaningful participation in peace processes. “Insecurity and transnational border crimes, gender, responsive inclusion in peace architecture, violence against women, girls, children and communal crises are the major peace concerns of women,” she said.

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Fed Govt pushes for ICT gender parity

Publisher: The Nation Published on: 09/05/2017

Speaking during the completion of training for about 100 school girls in Computer Appreciation programme in Abuja to mark the 2017 Girls in ICT Day Celebration at the weekend, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Sonny Echono called for gender balance in the ICT sector at all levels of education and profession. He noted that investing in women and girls has a multiplier effect on improved nutrition, health and livelihood for the family and the society.

Echono also said ICT is an essential tool for social and economic development of women and girls which can provide education, job training, promoting literacy, improve access to healthcare, enable the exercise of legal rights and participation in government. Echono added, “International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by all International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states aimed at creating a global environment that empowers and encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT thus enabling both the girls and ICT companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.”


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Women groups lament low representation as Resident Electoral Commissioners

Publisher: Guardian Published on: 21/04/2017
Photo of Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode.

Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode. Image: The Guardian

A Coalition of women groups, representing different platforms and organisations across the country, have expressed displeasure over the low representation of women among the 27 nominees as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to critically look into the issue for a more gender responsive governance.

A statement signed by the Executive Director, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode on behalf of other women groups, said, “The list of nominees was sent to the Senate for screening and subsequent confirmation”, and added that they, “urge the President to ensure that subsequent nominations and appointments in all facets of governance and the economy in Nigeria abide by the principles of gender balance, fairness and justice for women, youths and persons living with disabilities.”

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Nigeria’s gender equality bill not against men, Senator says

Publisher: Premium Times Published on: 18/04/2017
Photo of the Nigerian Senate

Nigerian Senate

A senator, Binta Garba (APC – Adamawa North) has appealed to men in the country not to see the Gender Equality Bill before the Senate as an affront to them, saying that, “a woman must be given an equal opportunity to serve her motherland in every standard she would found herself be it in her work place, in her chosen career or whatever”.

The bill, sponsored by Biodun Olujinmi (PDP-Ekiti South), scaled second reading in September 2016 after some modifications. “After the second reading, now the bill is being passed for public hearing and once it’s done, then the committee has to work on it to bring it back for the third reading,” Garba said, adding, “we need to do a lot of lobbying within ourselves, our colleagues- the male counterparts – all sectors that obviously would be interested in seeing that this bill is being passed.’’

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Sanusi warns northern leaders against ‘gender bias’ in education

Publisher: Daily post Published on: 18/04/2017

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has called on Northern leaders to promote girl-child education in the region. Sanusi spoke during the inauguration of Aminu Dabo College of Health Sciences laboratory complex in Kano on Monday, urging the leaders to give priority to female education as they did with their male counterparts.

“We appeal to everybody, especially well-meaning individuals irrespective of party differences, to provide the environment to aid girl-child education,” he said. The monarch also admonished the people of Kano to support each other and work as a team for the overall development of the state.

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