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2018 holds brighter future for women – NCWS

January 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Ene Osang Abuja The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has assured of brighter future for Nigerian women this year. Its president, Mrs. Gloria Laraba Shoda, in a New Year message said the council would consolidate on her identified programmes, to ensure better life for every Nigerian women and child. According to her, since campaigns and politicking would commence Read More

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Why I advocate for girl-child – Binta

December 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Hajiya Binta Shehu Bamalli is the founder, Sure Start Initiative; an NGO which caters to the needs of females, especially young girls. She spoke to ENE OSANG on her campaign for the education of the girl-child. Can we meet you? I am Hajia Binta Shehu Bamalli, an indigene of Kaduna state, Zaria local Government to be precise, but was born Read More

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I’m not a conventional Hausa woman – Khadija

December 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

Courage and firmness are some of the inherent features of Hajiya Khadija Gambo Hawaja, a renowned social activist, an Islamic Da’ee (Preacher) and an advocate of attitudinal change. In this interview with MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU, she speaks on girl-child education, life as Da’ee, her NGO, Muslim Women Forum for Peace on the Plateau as well as her inspirations and aspirations. Read More

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Increasing youth crime rate blamed on poor mentorship culture

December 23, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Michelle’s Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development has emphasised the importance of mentoring youths, saying this is vital part of development in nation building and a way of reducing unemployment and crime. Its Founder, Comrade Michelle Onyeneke, made the call in Abuja during a national workshop on youth development with the theme, “Explore your talent and say no to crime.” Read More

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Ebele Ifendu: Bridging gender gaps in politics

December 23, 2017 Blueprint 0

Barrister Ebele Ifendu is the Labour Party Publicity Secretary and the National President of the Women in Politics Forum (WIPF). A chartered mediator and conciliator, she is the Executive Director of a Finance firm and Director, Gender Education and Rights Department of the Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State. In this chat with ENE OSANG, she discusses how women are fairing Read More

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I’ve passion for giving -Audu-Emeje

December 9, 2017 Blueprint 0

Dr. Aisha Audu-Emeje, is wife of former governor of Kogi state, Abubakar Audu. She is also the President/Founder of A3 Foundation; a support organisation for the less privileged. In this interview with ENE OSANG, she speaks on her NGO’s impact on young entrepreneurs, and how she lobbied for beneficial policies for the black communities in the White House and Capitol Read More

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When female undergraduates joined campaign against gender-based violence

December 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

From unwanted sexual advances to rape, many girls and women have had to endure sexual violence and harassment also referred to as Gender Based Violence (GBV). ENE OSANG writes that female undergraduates recently joined the on-going 16 days activism programme by the United Nations (UN) Women in Abuja. The magnitude of sexual harassment suffered by girls, especially those in the Read More

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Gender equality is achievable — ROSE UWADIA-JACOBS

November 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

Rose A. Uwadia-Jacobs is the Special Assistant, Women and Gender Affairs, to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara. In this interview with ENE OSANG she speaks on equality in Nigeria among others issues Until the 19th century, women were treated as the inferior sex and were excluded from areas like education, certain professions as well as politics. Today, Read More

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Women seek parity on education

November 24, 2017 Blueprint 0

ENE OSANG reports that Nigerian girls made demands on their rights to equal opportunities at the just concluded 2017 Women and Girls Summit organized by the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) in Abuja. Amidst increasing advocacy on the need for more opportunities for the Nigerian girl child to enable them attain their full potential, the discrimination against girls continue Read More

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Teaching is my passion

November 17, 2017 Blueprint 0

Anne Bessong, a passionate and charismatic teacher, is the Head of Schools at Eaglesworld Global Schools in Ajah, Lagos state. In this interview with ENE OSANG, the journalist turned teacher, said teaching is her passion. You have been in teaching profession for 20 years, how did you become a teacher? I did not start off my career as a teacher, Read More

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PGI condemns plans to decommission female cadets

November 15, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche National coordinator, Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), an Abuja based non-governmental organisation, Barr. Esther Uzoma, has expressed worry over the claims that the military has recommended the decommissioning of female cadets. Uzoma, who is a human rights and gender activist, in a press statement, yesterday in Abuja, said such a move negates the constitution and was sign that Read More

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Downside of early marriage

November 11, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ene Osang Children are not only regarded as future leaders, but also are potentially the greatest investment for the sustainable development of any country. However, the condition of Nigerian children is a pitiable one as the protection they need from parents, guardians, the government and society at large is almost unrealistic. The Nigerian child has been vulnerable to insecurity, Read More

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More female SUG presidents ‘ll emerge ­— Amina Yahaya

October 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Amina Yahaya is the first female Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the Usumanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and second in Northern Nigeria after 30 years. In this chat with ENE OSANG she expressed disappointment over female students’ acceptance of stereotype positions in politics.     About Amina Amina Yahaya, a Sokoto state indigene, born in the 90’s is the third child Read More

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Women in government: Still a long way to go

October 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

The number of women representatives, both in appointive and elective positions, at the federal, state and local government levels curiously declined in the present dispensation, ENE OSANG, recently took up Hon Nkoyo Toyo representing Calabar/Odukpani federal constituency of Cross River state, and former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat Akande, on the development and the way forward Read More

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WIPF, NILS partner on advocacy for inclusive governance

September 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

The political participation of women in Nigeria has always been an issue of concern as women continue to struggle in bridging the gap of under-representation  in leadership and governance. ENE OSANG writes on the benefits of the WIPF partnership with NILS. The continuing record of under-representation of women in both elective and appointive positions has been blamed on cultural and religious Read More

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Addressing impediments to women growth

September 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

Inspite of high level advocacy from different quarters on the need for an inclusive government with women and men having equally opportunity to leadership, there continues to be a retrogression in the number of women representation at the federal, state and local government levels. ENE OSANG writes   For years, emphasis has been laid on the need for an inclusive Read More

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Nigerian women calls for passage of 35% affirmative bill

September 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

The clamour by Nigerian women for the passage of the 35% affirmative bill formed the core of discussion at a public interest dialogue organized by the Change Managers International Network (CMIN); an NGO which focuses on enhancing gender equity, equality and development. ENE OSANG writes   Nigerian women are intensifying advocacy towards ensuring that the National Assembly pass into law Read More

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NWTF launches young women politicians’ forum

September 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ene Osang Abuja   The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) has emphasized the importance of grooming younger women into politics, saying this will enable a smooth succession of capable women leaders in the country.  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NWTF Olufunke Baruwa, stated this in Abuja at the launch of the Young Women in Politics Forum (YWiPF), held Read More

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How Ikeazor is restoring hope to pensioners

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Since September 2016 when Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, aka (Mama Pension) assumed the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD); the verification of pensioners, prompt payment of their entitlements, amongst other achievement have given a facelift to the plight of pensioners in the country. ENE OSANG writes   The verification exercise is a digitized process of capturing pensioners’ biometric Read More