The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Regional Office Abuja, with funding from the Japan government would, today, have a national virtual launch on the project titled: “Empowerment of Women and Girls in Marginalized Communities for Better Well-Being through Education and Advocacy.”
A statement by the U. S agency, Monday in Abuja, said: “The virtual national launch will commence the implementation of the project, which was signed into agreement in Paris between the representatives of the government of Japan and the UNESCO on March 2, 2021.
“The project, which sets to tackle the disruption of learning and the surge of gender-based violence brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, would promote the empowerment of women and girls in marginalized communities for resilience strengthening and self-actualization through education.
“The project would also be used as a tool for effective advocacy on eliminating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and reducing the spread of COVID-19, ultimately contributing to peace, stability and inclusive development in Bauchi, Gombe and Delta states of Nigeria.
“This is expected to be achieved through combined effects psychosocial rehabilitation, community media empowerment, and second chance education opportunities.”
According to the statement, “Japan has had series of collaboration with UNESCO over the years in its efforts to to promote sustainable development.
“The focus of the project on the promotion of peace, stability, and inclusive development for shared prosperity is at the heart of Japan’s Country Development Cooperation Policy for Nigeria.”