How 7,000 Kaduna women benefitted from N200m MSME loans – El-Rufai

February 23, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Over 7,000 women in Kaduna state have benefited from the N200 million micro small and medium enterprise (MSME) loan scheme and have since begun repaying their loans, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has said.  Speaking during launch of the Kaduna State Social Protection Policy at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Tuesday, Governor el-Rufai said Read More

How poor implementation of policies fuels VAWG

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Poor commitment to the implementation of policies on women rights has been said to remain the bane in actualising the campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country. ENE OSHABA writes. The world for women is tilting to a dangerous part with the increase in gender based violence and no repercussions for offenders, women and girls are losing confidence Read More

Nursing is a calling, pastoral work for me – Aiyedun Lawan Oluwabunmi

February 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Comrade Aiyedun Lawan Oluwabunmi is a paediatric nurse and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spinal Brifida and Anti Cephalous Foundation saddled with the responsibility of looking after children with abnormities newborns with congenital anomaly especially the ones affecting brain and spinal cord. She is also the Founder, Maternal Adolescent Reproductive Child Health (MARCH) Initiative that cares for women, newborns, children, Read More

As Fulani women worry over Covid-19 second wave

February 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to affect different groups of people in different ways. In this report ENE OSHABA writes on the fears of rural Fulani women in Abuja community in the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus. The second wave of the coronavirus has continued to spread as authorities express concerns over people’s attitude Read More

Women advocates gather for late colleagues; Sunbo, Esther

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The entire community of women rights advocates, Thursday night, gathered to pay their last respect to two of its strong voices for women and girls advancement: Dr. Olasunbo Odebode, and Barr. Esther Uzoma. In this report, ENE OSHABA captures the mood the Night of Tribute organised by the Womanisfesto as sad but filled with encomiums on their remarkable lives. Dr. Read More

Jumai Ahmadu: A passion for empowering the vunerable

January 22, 2021 CHIZOBA OGBECHE 0

Dr Jumai Ahmadu (PhD) is the Founder, Helpline for the Needy, an Abuja-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) aimed at building a Nigeria where all vulnerable children, youths and women, especially the widows, have access to quality health care, education and equal opportunities to realise their potential. In this report, CHIZOBA OGBECHE focuses on activities of the Kogi-born philanthropists and the activities Read More

FG flags off grant for rural women project in FCT

January 21, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The federal government has commenced the distribution of N20,000 to  rural women in the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Grant for Rural Women Project and Symbolic Disbursement programme taking place in states across the federation. Speaking Thursday in Abuja during the event, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Read More

Kogi gov’s women empowerment unprecedented – NCWS

January 17, 2021 Binta Shama 0

President National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda has said  the political will exhibited by Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello in the area of women empowerment remains unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s politics. She said there was need to celebrate ‘this feat’ which, according to her,  represented a milestone worthy of emulation by other chief executives in the Read More

Plateau: Mothers warn youths on protest against Lalong, OPSH

January 17, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Mothers in Plateau state have alerted the public of a planned sponsored protest against the state governor, Barr. Simon Lalong and Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), an internal military outfit responsible for maintaining peace in the state, warning their children against coming out to take part in an alleged planned protest supposedly slated for tomorrow. In a statement made available to Read More

Tributes, garlands for late rights activist, Esther Uzoma

January 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The human rights community and civil society groups started the New Year on a sad note with the demise of one of the vocal activists, Barr Esther Uzoma, on January 6. The Imo-state born legal practitioner was the Convener, Nigeria Civil Society Room, and National Coordinator, Proactive Gender Initiatives. CHIZOBA OGBECHE captures the mood through tributes in honour of the Read More

Gov Yahaya Bello nominated for gender equality award

January 11, 2021 Eleojo Idachaba 0

The Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has been nominated for the award of ‘the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria’ and would also be decorated as a ‘He 4 She’ of Nigeria Women which would bestow on him as a goodwill ambassador. The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in collaboration with Global Gold Consult are non-partisan independent women Read More

Amplifying men’s voices against SGBV

January 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The need for men’s voices to be amplified against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in a bid to finding lasting solutions to the scourge took centre stage at the Voice of Women (VOW) conference; ENE OSHABA writes Globally, it has been estimated that one in three women experience either physical or sexual intimate-partner-violence, or non-partner sexual violence in their Read More

Perm sec makes case for women welfare

January 6, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The newly redeployed Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Dr. (Mrs) Anthonia Akpabio Ekpa, has vowed to bring her passion in gender and women to bear in order to realize the agenda of government in the ministry. Dr. Ekpa resumed on Tuesday after a brief handover ceremony between her and the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Dr. (Mrs) Ifeoma Read More

When Abuja NGO empowered 2,000 women, youths

January 1, 2021 ENE OSHABA 0

As part of its mentorship and capacity building programme the Non-Stop Empowerment (NSE) and Girls Education Initiative, recently, graduated over 2,000 women and youths trained on skills and supported to set up businesses, ENE OSHABA reports. The Non-Stop Empowerment and Girls Education Initiative has embarked on a massive training, mentorship and capacity building for mostly women and youths in a Read More

IDPs shouldn’t be commercialised – Reverend

January 1, 2021 ENE OSHABA 0

Reverend Sister Ann Falola, a sister of Our Lady of Apostles is the initiator “Maria Centre.” An Empowerment project for vulnerable girls and Indigent women. In this chat with ENE OSHABA, she expressed disappointment over the commercialisation of Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPs) camps. She supports ban on importation, stressing the need to buy Nigeria in order to grow Nigeria.  Tell Read More

Echoes of 16 Days Activism: When the men ‘walked in her shoes’

December 25, 2020 Blueprint 0

The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence for (GBV) 2020 may have come and gone but echoes of the advocacy campaign tagged: ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ by the Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, continues to resonate, CHIZOBA OGBECHE reports. The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Read More

Why husbands have become scarce

December 19, 2020 Blueprint 0

Ladies wishing to get married to wealthy, prosperous husbands in Nigeria may have to cultivate the habit of patience and understanding as such men are becoming scarce on a daily basis; PAUL OKAH reports. One of the controversial passages in the Bible is Isaiah 4: 1, which states, “And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, Read More

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Minister calls for support for women in politics ahead 2023

December 18, 2020 Ene Oshaba 0

As 2023 draws near, women across all sectors and levels have been charged to stand in solidarity in their numbers and support other women aspiring for leadership positions, to enable more women be voted into elective positions in the country. Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, gave the charge in her speech at the 2020 Annual Women’s Conference held Read More

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2023: Minister harps on mentoring of younger women into politics

December 18, 2020 Ene Oshaba 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has emphasised the importance of succession of women  in every sphere of leadership, charging the older generation of women in politics to mentor and lobby positions for the younger generation of women politicians in order to achieve inclusive governance in the country. Tallen made the call in Abuja during a conference tagged: Read More

Maternal mortality: Language glossary for deaf women to the rescue?

December 18, 2020 Blueprint 0

Maternal mortality remains a challenge in developing countries including Nigeria. In this piece ENE OSHABA writes on high maternal mortality rate among deaf women and examines how far the newly launched sign language glossary can go in curbing the scourge. The challenges faced by deaf women, especially when it comes to accessing healthcare cannot be measured as women with hearing Read More

#16day-activism against gender-based violence, any headway?

December 12, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence which usually holds from November 25 to December 10 every year. ENE OSHABA in this report examines its impact in Nigeria considering the increase in reported cases. Background The #16 days of activism against violence against women is a global action following the Read More

Insecurity: Women network offers tips to FG

December 6, 2020 Ene Oshaba 0

The Nigerian Women Mediators Network (NWMN) has charged the federal government to build a strong collaboration with women community women in its efforts geared towards tackling insecurity. The women said a bottom-to-top approach was the best strategy for any sustainable peace process. National Coordinator of the network, Prof. Iyom Joy Onyesoh, gave the charge in Abuja during the media launch Read More

Inclusive governance: Nigerian women’s feud with FG

December 4, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigerian women against all odds have commenced a litigation process towards inclusive governance as they present a suit before Justice A. I. Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja. ENE OSANG in this report seeks explanations. Women’s position Globally, the political status of women is gaining more attention as daily reports show their struggle for leadership yielding positive results Read More