1999 Constitution: As women push to deflate discriminatory clauses…

November 15, 2020 ENE OSHABA 0

Conversations about the inclusion of women in legislative pronouncements are building more momentum and new dimensions are being analysed as women work towards blocking every loophole to their growth. ENE OSHABA writes. The role women play in democracy and national development cannot be overemphasised. As the search for a Nigeria Fit for all heightens, the place of women is very Read More

Need to review women’s political rights

November 6, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigerian women have stressed the need for a review of the constitution to be more inclusive of women’s needs, especially as it concerns their political rights. ENE OSHABA writes. Constitution “Under chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution, the founding values of the democratic state of the federal republic of Nigeria include human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement Read More

Foundation gives scholarship, empowerment to students, women

November 4, 2020 Ahmid Lawal 0

 The Annual Lateefah Moyosore Durosinmi Foundation (LMDF) has concluded plan to give 42 new scholarship awards, six further scholarship supports to students as well as grants to 28 women in small scale business on Saturday, November 7 in Ile Ife . The Chairperson of the Foundation, Professor Fatimah Abdulkareem said this in a statement announcing the seventh edition of the Read More

Gender: Analysing deteriorating status in Nigeria

November 3, 2020 ENE OSHABA 0

Gender imbalance in Nigeria, especially the development outcomes relating to women and girls, has continued to rise enabling more setbacks in the growth of women and girls in the country ENE OSHABA writes. The experiences of women over the years as defined typically by recurrent inadequacy in their access to critical health services, basic education, and economic empowerment opportunities, including Read More

Maternal, child mortality: Community health practitioners urge legislative framework to curb scourge

October 29, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Acting National Chairman of National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria, Alhaji Yakubu Abdullahi, has called for a sound legislative framework to reduce maternal and child mortality and achieve solid healthcare delivery. Yakubu, who said there was still an existing gap in Nigeria health care delivery, urged the three tiers of governments to take the issue of community health Read More

Application opens for US Women Entrepreneurs Academy

October 28, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States Consulate General in Lagos has announced a call for applications for the 2020 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a US government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. Acting Public Affairs Officer for the Consulate, Jennifer Foltz, said: “For the second annual AWE, we will select 120 female entrepreneurs from across southern Nigeria to receive virtual Read More

Girl-child specific laws can tackle girl issues – Ugba

October 16, 2020 ENE OSANG 0

Irene Ugbah is a girl-child advocate and she is also the founder of Crestville Development Foundation. In this interview with ENE OSHABA, she stresses the need for the enactment of special laws that will directly tackle rape and other violence against the girl-child and women. Recently, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of the Read More

Canvassing gender-budgeting for sustainable devt

October 16, 2020 ENE OSANG 0

The need to remove all barriers on women growth has been an ongoing national conversation. ENE OSANG writes on the recent call for gender-budgeting as a tool for promoting sustainable development. Women have often been described as the engendered species following the barriers they encounter in their private, social and economic lives due to the high level of patriarchy in Read More

Ending girl-child dropouts with second chance education

October 9, 2020 ENE OSHABA 0

As federal government mulls second chance school option as solution to school girls dropping out as a result of teen pregnancies ENE OSHABA examines the possibility of the scheme amidst poor implementation of the Child Rights Act (CRA), and the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEO-Bill) in Nigeria. The Ministry of Women Affairs last week reiterated its commitment to ensuring Read More

Uchenna Madueke making a mark amidst difficulties

October 9, 2020 Editorial III 0

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that can’t be cured leaving CP patients with only the options of long-term treatment including physical and other therapies, drugs, and sometimes surgery. In this report, ENE OSHABA focuses on Uchenna Ogochukwu Madueke, a 45-year-old teacher and author living with the CP, as she shares her life’s Read More

NFF urges state govts to domesticate VAPP Act

October 6, 2020 Ameh Ejekwonyilo 0

The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF), has urged state governments in Nigeria that are yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act to do so in the of the society.Rising from a two-day workshop on the VAPP Act in Abuja on Tuesday, which drew participants from the 36 states of the federation, NFF’s Focal Person, Chinonso Okechukwu, said the Read More

60 years independence, 25 years Beijing declaration: How women have fared

October 2, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Nigeria 60th independence anniversary is celebrated as women also recounts the gains and challenges of women 25 years after the Beijing Declaration which calls for Affirmative Action for women in all spheres of national life. ENE OSHABA writes 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action has continued to be recognised as the most progressive Roadmap for the Empowerment of Read More

Philanthropist empowers widows, urges women to embrace entrepreneurial works

September 30, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

A philanthropist, Mrs Irene Anibuogwu has enjoined women to engage on entrepreneurial works capable of making them self reliant and employers of labour.Anibuogwu, who gave the advice while empowering a total of 70 widows and a Biafra war veteran at Okuzu Umuezegbogu village in Oba, Idemili North local  government area of Anambra state, explained that current economic challenges have made Read More

Kaduna govt leading in fight against domestic violence – Prof. Yusuf

September 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Professor Hauwa’u Evelyn Yusuf of the Department of Sociology, Kaduna State University and the Director, Center for Gender Studies. In this interview with Chamba Simeh says rape, domestic violence and molestation of women are “extremely disturbing and unacceptable”. According to the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, 717 rape cases were reported between January and May 2020, a figure that many activists Read More

Tackling SGBV through gender responsive budgeting

September 18, 2020 ENE OSANG 0

The lack of adequate resources in terms of budgetary allocation has been named as one of the major reasons why Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has persisted amidst all efforts to bring the menace to a stop in Nigeria. ENE OSHABA writes Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has been a lingering problem in Nigeria for many years now, Read More

FG lists Nasarawa for out-of-school women project

September 17, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

Nasarawa state Governor Abdullahi Sule has said the state would benefit from a Universal Basic Education project of the federal government for out-of-school women. Sule stated this when he received in audience wives of legislators of Nasarawa state House of Assembly, under the auspices of legislators’ wives association(LEWA) in Lafia, the state He said that the project would enable the Read More

Law enforcement agencies urged to eradicate sexual, gender- based violence against women

September 16, 2020 David Agba 0

Law enforcement agencies in Sokoto state have been urged to commit to redouble their efforts towards eradicating sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) violence against women and girls (VAWG), harmful practices (HP) and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women and girls. This was part of the communiqué issued at the end of the capacity Read More

Govt should make education free, compulsory

September 11, 2020 ENE OSANG 0

Rev. Sr. Ngozi Frances Uti, a Reverend Sister, a Catholic nun of the congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ), the first indigenous congregation of women religious in Nigeria, is a founding member of Center for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI) and the executive Director. In this interview with ENE OSHABA, she discusses women empowerment, gender equality, Read More

Women, children suffered more, IDPs recount lockdown ordeal

September 4, 2020 ENE OSANG 0

The outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Nigeria brought unexpected misery and hardship to citizens, especially those who were already being deprived of many social amenities that make living more meaningful. In this report ENE OSANG captures the experience of some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri in Borno state went through at the peck of the pandemic. Nigeria like Read More