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

Saving our pregnant women and infant babies

May 19, 2022 Adefolarin Olamilekan 0

Health is wealth is a popular idiom.The usage of it speaks volume when, for instance, a family member, a friend or a colleague is sick; moreso, when we ourselves are not in the right frame of healthiness. To this end our understanding and interpretation of this idiom transcends a mere statement of fact about a healthy life. What this means Read More

Nasarawa youth group advocates women participation in politics

May 6, 2022 Mohammed Yangida 0

A youth group in Nasarawa state, Coalition of Youth from Lafia/Obi Federal Constituency, has advocated for women participation in politics for gender balance in governance. The chairman of the group, Yarwa Usman Ahmad, made the call Friday in Lafia during a press briefing and endorsement ceremony of a 36-year-old female aspirant, Hauwa Ibrahim, who recently joined the race to represent Read More

Ending menstrual poverty in women, girls

April 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

Poor menstrual hygiene management remains topical with growing health implications. In this report, ENE OSHABA looks at efforts by stakeholders to end ‘period poverty’ among women and girls in Nigeria. Period poverty, a recent coinage about women and girls menstruation cycle management is the situation where women and girls cannot afford sanitary products during their monthly periods. Lots of Nigerian Read More

The APC largesse for women

April 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

Apparently, acceding to the demand of the Aisha Buhari women team for greater participation of women in elective positions, the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared free nomination forms for female aspirants who intend to contest in the 2023 general elections. The National Women Leader of the party, Ms. Betty Edu, made the disclosure during a media briefing held at the Read More

The APC largesse for women

April 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Apparently, acceding to the demand of the Aisha Buhari women team for greater participation of women in elective positions, the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared free nomination forms for female aspirants who intend to contest in the 2023 general elections. The National Women Leader of the party, Ms. Betty Edu, made the disclosure during a media briefing held at the Read More

Gender equity and women empowerment

April 13, 2022 Blueprint 0

“Gender equity is a situation where all human beings are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by strict gender roles”- Holzner (2010). It is said that equity leads to equality. Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence, enjoy equal Read More

Gender Bills: Have women accepted their fate?

April 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

‘There’s always hope hence women’re exploring different strategies’ The protest by Nigeria women groups and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) over rejection of Gender Bills by the National Assembly was recently suspended. In this report, ENE OSHOBA asks: What next? On March 1, 2022, Nigerian women were welcomed into the historic month of global celebration of women with a rejection of Read More

AHI trains 32 women on climate smart Pumpkin cultivation

April 6, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

Abundance of Hope Initiative (AHI) has trained 32 women on climate smart cultivation of pumpkin leaf locally known as “Ugu leaf,” in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The training programme is being implemented in collaboration with Ugu Farmers Association (UFA). AHI’s Executive Director, Mr Taiye Sasona, said this during the training session on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the programme Read More

2022 International women’s day: Mary Ikoku emerges only Nigerian in 30 global women of influence

April 6, 2022 Editor 0

A media expert and House of Representatives aspirant in the coming 2023 general elections, Mrs Mary Ikoku, has emerged the only Nigerian who made global women of influence list. The women honour’s list graced limelight as part of activities marking 2022 International Women’s Day, a women’s history month. Mindr, a workforce development organisation listed 30 women whom it described as Read More

National development: Women economic empowerment to the rescue?

April 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is a widely held belief that when more women are empowered and have equal chances to engage in economic life and governance the nation experiences rapid development, peace, and stability. Is this the solution Nigeria has been searching for? ENE OSHABA asks in this report. Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity, authority, and responsibility of individuals or Read More

Women urged to be more inclusive in decision making, others

March 29, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

There has been a call on women to be more inclusive in decision making, strive towards gender equity and break the stereotypes and biases that have limited them in the past. Participants and experts from creative industry have also noted that the Nigeria cultural diversity has contributed to the problem of gander inequality experienced in the country. Experts who spoke Read More

Women indispensable in combating violent extremism – Action Aid

March 25, 2022 Bashir Mohammed 0

The Country Director, ActionAid, Ms Ene Obi, has said women were formidable change agents in combating the negative attitude of violent extremism permeating the society. Speaking at a one-day Women Conference held in Kano Friday, Obi said the influence of women as mothers deeply involved in the upbringing of children was great enough to effect “a sustainable paradigm shift in Read More

Still on vesico vaginal fistula disease

March 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is a health issue that has to do with the uncontrolled discharge of urine due to an abnormal opening between a woman’s unitary tract and genitals. Medical professionals identify that most of the cases are caused by early marriage and prolonged obstructed labour. According to Global Health, Nigeria has a record of about 400,000 to 800,000 Read More

Stakeholders call for resource, technical support for PwDs

March 24, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

Participants at the 66 session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW 66) have called for improved resource and technical support to address the needs of persons with disabilities across the world. The participants, who made the call at the UN CSW 66 stated that gender, disability and age are key drivers of inequity and Read More

Women key to conflict resolution, management, peace building – ActionAid

March 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

As conflicts continue to rage in parts of Kaduna state, ActionAid Nigeria has said that women can be instrumental in preventing violent extremism, conflict resolution, management and peace building in Nigeria, despite being victims themselves. Addressing a Women Conference of the “System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE) III project in Kaduna on Tuesday, Country Director Read More

Women get N203.3bn credit from CBN intervention programmes

March 21, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has remained gender sensitive, dolling out N203.31 billion credit as at January 2022, Godwin Emefiele, the apex bank governor has said. Emefiele made this disclosure while addressing participants at a webinar hosted by the Deputy Governor in charge of the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate, Mrs. Aishah Ahmad, as part of activities to commemorate Read More

As women bare their fangs…

March 15, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Women in Nigeria generally are furious at this time. They are angry that Nigeria’s law making body, the National Assembly, turned down all women-related march, at a time when the world is celebrating women and their achievements via the International Women’s Day that is marked on March 8, every year. The International Women’s Day, celebrated last week, is aimed at Read More

Assent to women-friendly bills, CUPP tells lawmakers 

March 8, 2022 Ahmid Lawal Abuja 0

As the world marks the International Women’s Day Tuesday, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has charged the lawmakers to favourably expedite work on all women-friendly bills before them.  Re-emphasising its firm resolve to end all forms of Gender-Based Violence within their powers, the CUPP also charged the lawmakers to further enlarge the space for public participation of women Read More

IWD: Re-consider rejected Gender Bills, Anyim tells NASS

March 8, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja 0

Former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has called on the National Assembly to re-visit the rejected Bills on women/gender related issues with a view to passing them into law. The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in a message of solidarity and support to Nigerian women on the occasion of the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) Read More

Constitution review: Women group decries NASS’ rejection of gender bill

March 3, 2022 Joy Emmanuel Yenagoa 0

The Standup for Women Society (SWS) Bayelsa state chapter, Wednesday, expressed disappointment and grieved at the actions of the 9th National Assembly (NASS), when they rejected a bill seeking to reserve special seats for women at both national and state assembly. A statement by the state chairperson, Liberator Eunice Nnachi, in Yenagoa, frowns at how they denied women the opportunity Read More

Battle with bilateral breast cancer: Victim cries out for help

March 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

A woman who has been down with cancer of the breast is crying out for help in order to live her normal life again. AGI ONDA reports that she needs three million naira for surgery. Life for 33-year-old Agbani Veronica is, at the moment, one of agonising pain and despair. This is because the 33-year-old mother of one from Inwa-Imane Read More

Sterling Bank pledges N1bn to businesses founded by women

February 8, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Sterling Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, is set to extend credit facilities worth N1 billion to businesses founded by women across the country with a free interest rate for the first 30 days. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of the bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman disclosed this while presenting the keynote address at the 5th edition of the Read More

2023: As women unite to win elective positions…

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

In order to increase the number of women for political offices Nigerian women converged in Abuja to make demands as the election year is around the corner. ENE OSHABA reports. The conference Tagged the ‘Progressive Women Conference 2022,’ its organisers said it was aimed at bringing women together to dialogue and come up with solutions on issues affecting women and Read More

2023: How prepared are women for elective positions?

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

This report by ENE OSANG looks at the preparedness of women in the upcoming general elections.  It is one year to the general elections and as the norm with Nigerian politics is that the year preceding the election year is the most important year for political parties and the aspirants. Over the years, women have tried their best in elective Read More