Gender-based violence and wellbeing of women, girls

September 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Mrs Joy Michael (not real name) is a resident of Aso, an outskirt of Abuja. On a typical morning, it was found out that a round black patch was noticed on her right cheek. The mark is a blood clot, the product of beating unleashed on her by her husband during a heated argument over family-related matters. All over the Read More

Back to school: Women group fetes over 1,000 children

September 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

It was a time of fun activities for children, when a Faith Based Organisation (FBO), Women With Answers Christian Ministry, hosted over 1,000 children in Aso Pada Community, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state, as they prepared to return to school, HELEN OJI, reports. For children in Aso Pada Community, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state, Saturday August Read More

GAIN trains 45 smallholder women farmer on value addition

September 21, 2022 Mohammed Yangida Lafia 0

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), has trained 45 women on nutritional value of non-fortified and bio fortified crops for value addition, as well as ensure increased food production and sufficiency. GAIN supports businesses, especially micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) through it programmatic offerings. Speaking during a three- day training programme in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Dr. Read More

Circumcision: Woman raises alarm over threat to life

September 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

For her refusal to surrender her twin daughters for Circumcision, Mrs. Sarah Oluwakemi Amawu-Charles, is facing persecution in the hands of Evbuobonosa community in Orhionwon Local government area of Edo state, Mrs. Olaiya Olutimenyi, the victim’s sister has alleged. Mrs. Olutimenyi, who stated this in a message sent to journalists in Abuja, explained how the community has caused the family Read More

How should society respond to teenage pregnancies?

September 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

Teenage pregnancies over the years have become a bane in our society. In fact, according to a publication in the 3rd edition of the Journal of Sexual Discourse, “One out of every seven secondary school girls is likely to get pregnant before the age of 18.” This shows how prevalent the issue of teenage pregnancies has become in our society. Read More

Minister extols aide’s commitment to women issues

September 5, 2022 Ene Oshaba 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has lauded her Special Technical Assistant Princess Jumai Idonije, on commitment to issues affecting women in Nigeria. In a statement by the Director Press and Public Relations Olujimi Oyetomi, on Monday in Abuja during her birthday anniversary celebration, Tallen described Idonije as a staff with difference. The statement noted her attributes with Read More

Empowerment: Foundation makes case for older women

September 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

Founder, Mother of Models, organizers of 40&Fabulous TV reality show, Nnenna Abani has said older women who could still learn a trade, go back to school or start a business. Abani noted this during the grand finale of the TV reality show when one of the contestant, Jane Watson emerged winner of the maiden edition of the television reality show, Read More

Workplace crèche panacea to exclusive breastfeeding

August 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

In recent times, public awareness and support for breastfeeding has been on the high with a whole week devoted to this. In this piece, ENE OSHABA examines the just concluded World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) and the advocacy for crèche in work places. Last week, Nigeria joined in commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW); an annual week-long celebration between, August 1-7, Read More

Society not fair to women, Enugu group laments

August 11, 2022 Chuks Nweze 0

Women interest group, Nwanyibuife (a woman is something), has lamented the unfair treatment being meted out to women by the society, irrespective of the fact that women play important role in the society. The group made the lamentation during the official unveiling of the group’s logo at the Roots Restaurant, Independence Layout, Enugu. Speaking at the occasion, convener of the Read More

Woman’s religion and marriage choices: The meeting and diverging points

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Over the years, natural scientists had insisted that our body is 60% water, and so have social anthropologists been establishing that religion influences 60% of our actions and idiosyncrasies. The same way, social scientists teach that man is homo-politico (political being), anthropologists add that man is also homo-religiosus (he is inborn religionist).Consequently, religious convictions, without appeal to any particular sex, 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

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