Exploring regional solutions to issues affecting women

August 12, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

The need for an inter-generational dialogue on lingering and emerging issues, challenges and opportunities to promote gender equality was reiterated when feminist leaders in West Africa convened in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital last week, ENE OSHABA reports. Feminism and feminist ideology have been crucial agents driving women’s rights, gender equality and overall development around the world. In Africa, feminists and feminist Read More

Aisha Buhari want more support for breastfeeding education

August 12, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

The First Lady Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja pledged to support and promote breastfeeding among women through regular education and sensitisation by emphasising the health benefits, urging fathers, family members and society to always encourage the process. Speaking at an event organised by the State House Clinic to mark World Breast Feeding Week, 2022, the First Lady, who Read More

VAPP Act implementation: How well so far?

August 5, 2022 Editorial III 0

Rising cases of gender-based violence have remained a topic of concern especially for women rights advocates, even as new strategies are being explored towards finding lasting solutions. In this report, ENE OSHABA evaluates implementation of the VAPP Act so far. Last week, Nigeria women commemorated the African Women’s Day, on July 31. The day was used to reflect on progress Read More

2023: Nnamani calls for women inclusiveness 

July 31, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani ( PDP Enugu East) , has  canvassed for more women inclusion in elective and appointive positions in government. He also condemned in strong terms the unabating cases of human trafficking especially against women and the girl child for labour and prostitution . In a statement issued in Abuja Saturday to commemorate Read More

Women representation: Can traditional rulers make a difference?

July 29, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

As part of efforts to shore up the number of women in decision making positions the Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), recently, led Nigerian women on an advocacy visit to the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V. Can the traditional institution make a difference? ENE OSHABA asks in this report. The build up to the 2023 general Read More

Still on need for gender inclusion in governance

July 22, 2022 Ene Oshoba 0

Globally, women continue to suffer from gender inequality including child and forced marriages, gender-based violence, sexist policies, education backwardness, employment discrimination and worse of all political exclusion at all levels. In this report Ene Oshoba examines efforts as well as challenges towards achieving gender inclusion in Nigeria. Gender equity is widely believed a mean to fast track the achievement of Read More

Gender mainstreaming: Osun poll as roadmap to 2023

July 22, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

Last weekend’s governorship election in Osun state that saw an incumbent governor lose at the poll has been described in some quarters as litmus test for 2023 general elections. In this report, ENE OSHABA examines the level of gender mainstreaming in the election and hope it portends for Nigeria women. Over the years the need to give equal opportunities to Read More

Women group congratulates Osun deputy governor, Adeleke, foresees brighter future for PDP

July 18, 2022 Editorial IV 0

A frontline group, Focus Daughters Association, has described the victory of Senator Ademola Adeleke in Saturday’s Osun governorship poll as an indication that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is gaining more acceptability in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections. In a statement signed by its media director, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna Read More

Assessing impact of Disability Act on Nigerian women

July 15, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

Three years after the Disability Bill was signed into law by President Muhammad Buhari Nigerian women living with disability have continued to struggle with some of the issues provided for in the Act, ENE OSHABA writes. In January 2019, President Muhammad Buhari assented to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill 2018. The Act prohibits all forms of discrimination Read More

Of teenage pregnancy, early marriage

July 8, 2022 Editorial III 0

The girl-child is now an endangered species in Nigeria given the rising rate of teenage pregnancies leading to disruption of girl-child education and early marriages, ENE OSHABA reports. Amidst myriads of laws against child marriage domiciled in the Child Rights Act (CRA) which pegged marriage at 18, Rape, teenage and unwanted pregnancies as well as early marriages have become so Read More

Gender struggle: Will Nigeria’s Eghobamien-Mshelia CEDAW C’ttee position make a difference?

July 1, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

The struggle for gender balance in Nigeria has been a herculean task for women especially with the retrogression in achievements. In this report ENE OSHABA examines implication of the election of Nigerian gender expert and activist, Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, to the UN Committee on Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW). The term gender is always wrongly Read More

IWD: Liberating Nigerian widows from agonising cultural practices

July 1, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

Widows in Nigerian and other African countries suffer varying degrees of cultural discriminatory practices which are harmful to the women and have negative effects on them, their children and society as a whole, ENE OSHABA writes. Mrs. Grace-Suzzy Edeh lost her husband on Christmas Day in 1997 and her life has never remained the same following maltreatment she experienced from her Read More

Breaking bias, barriers to women’s growth

June 24, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

The need to break every bias hindering the growth and development of women is being advocated to enable Nigeria have full participation of both men and women in nation building, ENE OSHABA writes. Gender equity; concerning resource access and allocation as well as opportunities for social and economic advancement have been prominent items on the agenda of recent international meetings. Read More

3000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Shiroro and Munya local government areas taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School Minna

Dealing with IDP’s economic empowerment amidst rising crime rate

June 22, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

The problem of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is one that has continued to hunt Nigeria as a country, especially the FCT despite the administration’s refusal to acknowledge their existence. In this report ENE OSHABA highlights the issue as it affects their survival and government’s inability to alleviate the situation. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) records indicate that there were Read More

Women academy trains 30 in entrepreneurship 

June 12, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a US government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs in Kaduna has graduated 30 women trained in entrepreneurship, just as the Kaduna state deputy governor Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balaraba has urged them to consider women at grassroots.  Working with ICT Hub, the 30 women were trained on the AWE programme, which centred around a three-month rigorous Read More

FCTA pledges commitment to smooth Hajj operations…Lifts 410 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

June 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stated that it was committed to ensuring that the FCT contingent to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj operation got the best treatment comparable to any other state of the federation or even the world. The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stated this while addressing Read More

Population control: Women, girls health rights as panacea

June 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

Health rights of women and girls, especially right to reproductive health, is believed be a sure way of curbing the burden of unwanted pregnancies as well as controlling rapid population growth, ENE OSHABA writes. Nigeria’s population is projected at about 214 million people due to a high population growth rate of 3.2 per cent and a high total fertility rate Read More

Nigerian women and hurdle of party primaries

May 27, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

As political parties primary elections take centre stage with women striving towards improving their numbers in leadership positions in the forthcoming general elections, ENE OSHABA examines their performance so far. It’s been a beehive of activities with political party primaries taking place across the country. This has been a huge hurdle for women in politics to scale and has been Read More

Making 35% affirmative action a reality in Nigeria

May 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the 2023 general elections draws closer, the need for continuous advocacy for women inclusion in diverse spaces formed the core of a webinar on making the recent 35 per cent affirmative action court ruling work, ENE OSHABA writes. The 100 Women Lobby Group (WLG) as part of its strategy to ensure that the 35 per cent affirmative action court Read More

[Breaking] 2023: Another Minister makes u-turn on political ambition, prefers current position

May 16, 2022 Ene Oshaba, Abuja 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has withdrawn from running for the senatorial seat for southern district of Plateau state. Tallen was to resign following the directive from President Mohammadu Buhari that all appointees seeking elective positions in the upcoming 2023 general elections should resign, but was caught up in the 30-day timeline stipulated in the Electoral Act Read More

Aisha Buhari wants more foreign support for women in politics

May 11, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has called on representatives of countries in Nigeria to support active participation of women in politics. Speaking when she hosted female heads of diplomatic missions, United Nation Agencies and wives of ambassadors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday night, Aisha Buhari also appealed to the diplomats to provide more support to wives Read More

Women capable of influencing change in taxpayers’ behaviour – SWIT

May 9, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) FCT Chapter has urged professional women in Taxation and all other women professionals in the country to put in their best in the development of the country as agents of change through tax compliance education to balance the legitimate women’s rights and as a strategy for push of legislative Affirmative Actions. FCT chapter Read More

Affirmative Action: Aisha Buhari’s plea a hit or miss?

May 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

Wife of the President Aisha Buhari’s recent invitation of presidential candidates to an iftar dinner at the Presidential Villa has generated lots of reactions on whether or not the move was in order considering the Affirmative Action advocacy. ENE OSHABA writes. The invitation Last week, Aisha Buhari invited leading presidential aspirants from various political parties to the State House Conference Read More

How I transferred computer science knowledge into fish farming – Rashidat

April 29, 2022 ENE OSHABA 0

Rashidat Umar Oyinoza is the brain behind Oyinespecial oven-smoked dried fish, which focuses on fish farming and agro-processing. In this piece ENE OSHABA looks at the peculiar struggle by women owned businesses in accessing business loans for expansion. How it started Rashidat Umar Oyinoza said while growing up with her elder sister back then in Kaduna state, she learnt the Read More