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Nigerian girls’ education subject of women, peace and security symposium

Publisher: Georgetown University Published on: 26/09/2014
Nigerian Girls Education Event Art

Nigerian Girls Education Event Art

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) sponsored a symposium on September 26th, 2014, on education for girls in Nigeria, where the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of them this past April. Here, the webcast of the event is available to view.

The symposium included Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s minister of finance, and GIWPS Executive Director Melanne Verveer. “We must never, never make schools the instrument of war, nor battlefields for terror,” Okonjo-Iweala said, “and we feel dismayed that at this time in our lives we have come to a situation where schools, where girls’ educations, have been made into instruments of war.”

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Nigeria: European Union Peace and Security Project for Northern Nigeria to Enwrap Women

Publisher: Not Known Published on: 10/09/2014 Content type(s): News

The Federal Government in partnership with the United Nations Women is set to begin the implementation of a 3-year European Union funded programme aimed at promoting the role of women in Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution, especially in Northern Nigeria.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Zainab Maina disclosed this recently when she officially launched the programme in Abuja. Adding, three States comprising Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau have been identified for the pilot phase. She also noted that the programme has been scheduled to start with the North-East as a response to the challenges faced by Nigerian women and girls in that region.

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“Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria” Programme launches in Abuja, Nigeria

Publisher: Not Known Published on: 08/09/2014
A row of people behind a long table in a conference room

Ambassador/Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Michel Arrion delivering speech

The launch took place at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja Nigeria on Monday 8th September 2014. Tagged ‘Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria’, the programme is designed to support government’s effort at strengthening women’s leadership capacity, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.

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Female Farmers Deserve Gender Budgeting to Succeed in Agribusiness – Segilola Abdulkadir

Publisher: AgroNigeria Online Published on: 29/08/2014
Picture of an African woman farmer tending crops

Female Farmers Deserve Gender Budgeting to Succeed in Agribusiness – Segilola Abdulkadir

Member of the Kwara State House of Assembly and member House Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, Honourable Segilola Abdulkadir, has hailed the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (CCEPE) for making strong advocacy for women in farming business, especially the small scale holder farmers in Kwara State. She was speaking at a stakeholder event organized by the NGO to sensitize women farmers on how they can access loans to facilitate their agribusiness.

Abdulkadir, who thanked the CCEPE for its support for women farmers in the state, appealed to them to extend their frontier to the remaining 13 local government areas in the state. She went on to add that “the women farmers need access to all the help that government is putting in place under the annual budget. These crop of women are great contributors in term of food production which is not limited to vegetable alone but also food crops”.

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Nigeria: Stakeholders Request Better Coverage of Women, Girls Issues

Publisher: AllAfrica Published on: 18/08/2014

As part of efforts aimed at ensuring women and girls get better media coverage, the first stakeholders’ forum of the Report Women! Project was held in Lagos recently where leaders of civil society organisations and media editors unanimously identified the need for increase and improvement in the reportage of girls and women rights as human rights in Nigeria.

The forum was put together by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and the Royal Netherlands Embassy, as part of the activities for the Report Women! Project which started with the monitoring of seven Nigerian newspapers in May 2014.

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Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law

Publisher: Dalia Mortada Published on: 08/08/2014 Content type(s): News

Photo: Dogs and music/flickr

In August Ethiopia introduced a new law which essentially decriminalises abortion. It also allows women to terminate pregnancies that result from rape or incest, if the foetus has a severe defect, or if a girl is under the age of 18 and cannot care for the baby herself.

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