FG REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

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SGF, Boss Mustapha (L), receiving a handout from National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) Chairperson, Hajiya Ladi Lau when the latter paid a courtesy visit to his office

The Federal Government reaffirmed its commitment to supporting women through an enabling legislative and institutional framework that would ensure the protection of their rights.

The Federation Government Secretary, Boss Mustapha made the pledge when the leadership of the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) along with the Committee on Women in National Service Week (WINSERVE 2022) headed by its Chairperson , Hajiya Lami Adamu Lau, paid him a courtesy visit to his office.

SGF stated that with appropriate enabling legislation and institutions, the rights of women and children would be adequately protected. In his words:
“I believe this partnership would help implement the UN resolution on gender and affirmative action and those of the SDGs; so that we can ensure that the rights of women and children are adequately protected and the institutions that will ensure that these things are implemented”.

He commended the partnership between the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) and the FGN project office NIMEC to tackle the hydra-led challenges currently facing such as gender-based violence, substance abuse and other addictions. , cases of out-of-school youth and other related social vices.

He added that the partnership will go a long way in alleviating the plight of women and children who are among the most vulnerable in society.

In an effort to assuage cases related to trauma faced by women and children in society, SGF has advocated trauma therapy for women and children for their mental well-being. He added that trauma therapy becomes imperative as women and children are traumatized when in conflict.

SGF, Boss Mustapha (6th L) in a group photo with Chairman, NCWS, hajiya Ladi Lau and members of his delegations in Abuja
SGF, Boss Mustapha (6th L) in a group photo with Chairman, NCWS, hajiya Ladi Lau and members of his delegations in Abuja

He praised the women who are the pride of the nation on the world stage with the examples of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala; UN Under-Secretary-General Ms. Amina Mohammed; Tobi Amusan, who won a gold medal for Nigeria at a recent world championship in Oregon, USA; among others.

He further assured the NCWS of the government’s willingness to support the success of Women’s National Service Week (WINSERVE 2022).

Earlier, National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) Chairman, Hajiya Lami Adamu Lau commended SGF for the giant strides he has made as SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 which has given him earned the prestigious National Order of Merit Productivity (NPoM) Award.

She said the organization alone cannot address gender-based violence (especially rape), drug abuse, out-of-school children, youth unemployment and related social vices, hence the partnership with the office FGN-NIMEC projects.

Hajiya Lau called for the government’s support to speed up the process of implementing the UN Affirmative Action Gender Resolution (Beijing 95) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She added that their acceptance to co-host and co-organize the upcoming Women’s National Service Week (WINSERVE) was motivated by the determination to ensure the promotion and defense of the rights of women and children, in all their ramifications.

Also speaking, the Director and Head of FGN Projects of the Implementation Committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. MA Yakassai, outlined the main lines of events during the next week of the women’s national service (WINSERVE) which includes the National Colloquium on Gender and National Development, the Presidential Dinner Award which would award national awards to eminent Nigerian women and former First Ladies of the Federal Government of Nigeria, who have had a great impact through their noble pet projects, among other activities.

Willie Bassey
Director (Information)

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