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  •  The National Council of Women Societies NCWS has called on Governments at all levels to ensure all inclusive policies that would create opportunities for women in all sphere of life Mrs Gloria Shoda NCWS President said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja to mark the 2020 International Women s Day IWD The 2020 IWD theme is I am Generation Equality Realising Women s Rights Shoda said that the day was marked every March 8 by the United Nations and other global organisations to bring to the fore issues that affected women The council boss said that in spite of efforts to expand the frontiers for women there was a more urgent need to focus on women in the rural areas She said that those in the rural areas needed inclusive policies financial support and social structures that would aid them in making positive contributions to development of the society According to the council boss it is imperative to press for progress across different markers of development especially for women and ensure that spaces are created for them to achieve their potentials As the world celebrates the International Women s Day it is important to stress the contribution of women to national development But at the same time it is an opportunity to call for inclusive policies and open space to address issues of gender parity This will make it easier for women to not only reach their full potentials in politics and business but also expand the space for representation in societal integration and growth she said Shoda noted that the council over the years had empowered millions of women and created opportunities for them to expand in businesses She called for support for the NCWS to help women achieve their goals According to her the 2020 IWD s theme I am Generation Equality Realising Women s Rights is an opportunity for government at all level to deliberate on the actualisation of the right of women The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender age ethnicity race religion and country to drive actions that will create the gender equal world we all deserve Together we want to mobilise to end gender based violence we are calling for economic justice and rights for all bodily autonomy sexual and reproductive health and rights and feminist action for climate justice We want technology and innovation for gender equality and feminist leadership She said Shoda said the theme was apt as it called on government to pay particular attention to areas of social protection systems access to public services and sustainable infrastructure She said the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs could only be achieved by trans formative shifts integrated approaches and new solutions particularly in the area of advancing gender equality and empowerment of women and girls She however said that based on current trajectories existing interventions would not suffice to achieve a Planet 50 50 by 2030 Shoda noted that innovative approach that disrupt business as usual was central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman or girl was left behind Edited By Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    IWD: NCWS calls for all inclusive policies for women
     The National Council of Women Societies NCWS has called on Governments at all levels to ensure all inclusive policies that would create opportunities for women in all sphere of life Mrs Gloria Shoda NCWS President said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja to mark the 2020 International Women s Day IWD The 2020 IWD theme is I am Generation Equality Realising Women s Rights Shoda said that the day was marked every March 8 by the United Nations and other global organisations to bring to the fore issues that affected women The council boss said that in spite of efforts to expand the frontiers for women there was a more urgent need to focus on women in the rural areas She said that those in the rural areas needed inclusive policies financial support and social structures that would aid them in making positive contributions to development of the society According to the council boss it is imperative to press for progress across different markers of development especially for women and ensure that spaces are created for them to achieve their potentials As the world celebrates the International Women s Day it is important to stress the contribution of women to national development But at the same time it is an opportunity to call for inclusive policies and open space to address issues of gender parity This will make it easier for women to not only reach their full potentials in politics and business but also expand the space for representation in societal integration and growth she said Shoda noted that the council over the years had empowered millions of women and created opportunities for them to expand in businesses She called for support for the NCWS to help women achieve their goals According to her the 2020 IWD s theme I am Generation Equality Realising Women s Rights is an opportunity for government at all level to deliberate on the actualisation of the right of women The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender age ethnicity race religion and country to drive actions that will create the gender equal world we all deserve Together we want to mobilise to end gender based violence we are calling for economic justice and rights for all bodily autonomy sexual and reproductive health and rights and feminist action for climate justice We want technology and innovation for gender equality and feminist leadership She said Shoda said the theme was apt as it called on government to pay particular attention to areas of social protection systems access to public services and sustainable infrastructure She said the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs could only be achieved by trans formative shifts integrated approaches and new solutions particularly in the area of advancing gender equality and empowerment of women and girls She however said that based on current trajectories existing interventions would not suffice to achieve a Planet 50 50 by 2030 Shoda noted that innovative approach that disrupt business as usual was central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman or girl was left behind Edited By Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    IWD: NCWS calls for all inclusive policies for women
    Health3 years ago

    IWD: NCWS calls for all inclusive policies for women

    The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), has called on Governments at all levels to ensure all-inclusive policies that would create opportunities for women in all sphere of life.

    Mrs Gloria Shoda, NCWS President said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, to mark the 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD).

    The 2020 IWD theme is: “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”.

    Shoda said that the day was marked every March 8, by the United Nations and other global organisations to bring to the fore issues that affected women.

    The council boss said that in spite of efforts to expand the frontiers for women, there was a more urgent need to focus on women in the rural areas.

    She said that those in the rural areas needed inclusive policies, financial support and social structures that would aid them in making positive contributions to development of the society.

    According to the council boss, it is imperative to press for progress across different markers of development, especially for women, and ensure that spaces are created for them to achieve their potentials.

    “As the world celebrates the International Women’s Day, it is important to stress the contribution of women to national development.

    “But at the same time, it is an opportunity to call for inclusive policies and open space to address issues of gender parity.

    “This will make it easier for women to not only reach their full potentials in politics and business, but also expand the space for representation in societal integration and growth,” she said.

    Shoda noted that the council over the years had empowered millions of women and created opportunities for them to expand in businesses.

    She called for support for the NCWS to help women achieve their goals.

    According to her, the 2020 IWD’s theme ”I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights” is an opportunity for government at all level to deliberate on the actualisation of the right of women.

    ”The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.

    ”Together, we want to mobilise to end gender-based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice.

    ”We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership,” She said.

    Shoda said the theme was apt as it called on government to pay particular attention to areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

    She said the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could only be achieved by trans-formative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly in the area of advancing gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

    She, however, said that based on current trajectories, existing interventions would not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030.

    Shoda noted that innovative approach that disrupt “business as usual was central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman, or girl was left behind.


    Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
    (NAN)

  •  The National Council of Women Societies NCWS have called for stiffer penalties for those convicted of cultism to curb increased level of membership of students in higher institutions nationwide Mrs Moradeyo Ajiboye the society s Director of Mobilisation in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Omu Aran on Wednesday Ajiboye said the high rate of cult induced related deaths among students across the country had become a source of concern to the organisation She said that the menace if not properly addressed could become a clog in government s efforts at transforming the education sector According to her the problem has recently assumed a dangerous dimension as the menace of cult related activities is now also prominent among students in primary and secondary schools She said cultism and other vices had done more harm than good to the country s growth progress and development Ajiboye urged stakeholders in the education sector to rise to the challenge She called on relevant government regulatory agencies especially state Houses of Assemblies to strategise and evolve stringent punitive measures in the form of legislation for offenders The NCWS boss the prevailing incessant marriage breakups due to irreconcilable differences among couples was a bi product of the vices in the society Ajiboye particularly appealed to parents especially mothers regarded as first teachers to re double their effort in impacting good morals and values in their wards as leaders of tomorrow She disclosed that the organisation had on its part embarked on sensitisation campaign to schools markets and religious places to educate stakeholders on the dangers inherent in illicit acts The prevalence rate of cultism in institutions across the country coupled with its attendant casualties has become a source of worry and concern to this organisation With the present situation as regards cultism it is not enough for parents to secure admission for their children and wards pay school fees among other things and go to sleep The much bigger responsibility now is to monitor their activities especially on and off the schools so that they do not go astray The school authorities also have roles to play by putting in place effective mechanism and administrative measures to discourage act of cultism and promote peaceful co existence among the students she said Ajiboye also challenge students union executives and representatives in tertiary institutions to promote harmonious relationship between the students and the authorities This will go a long way in creating a conducive atmosphere needed for effective learning as well as promoting recreation and social activities in schools she said Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Society seeks stiffer measures to curb cultism, other illicit acts among students
     The National Council of Women Societies NCWS have called for stiffer penalties for those convicted of cultism to curb increased level of membership of students in higher institutions nationwide Mrs Moradeyo Ajiboye the society s Director of Mobilisation in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Omu Aran on Wednesday Ajiboye said the high rate of cult induced related deaths among students across the country had become a source of concern to the organisation She said that the menace if not properly addressed could become a clog in government s efforts at transforming the education sector According to her the problem has recently assumed a dangerous dimension as the menace of cult related activities is now also prominent among students in primary and secondary schools She said cultism and other vices had done more harm than good to the country s growth progress and development Ajiboye urged stakeholders in the education sector to rise to the challenge She called on relevant government regulatory agencies especially state Houses of Assemblies to strategise and evolve stringent punitive measures in the form of legislation for offenders The NCWS boss the prevailing incessant marriage breakups due to irreconcilable differences among couples was a bi product of the vices in the society Ajiboye particularly appealed to parents especially mothers regarded as first teachers to re double their effort in impacting good morals and values in their wards as leaders of tomorrow She disclosed that the organisation had on its part embarked on sensitisation campaign to schools markets and religious places to educate stakeholders on the dangers inherent in illicit acts The prevalence rate of cultism in institutions across the country coupled with its attendant casualties has become a source of worry and concern to this organisation With the present situation as regards cultism it is not enough for parents to secure admission for their children and wards pay school fees among other things and go to sleep The much bigger responsibility now is to monitor their activities especially on and off the schools so that they do not go astray The school authorities also have roles to play by putting in place effective mechanism and administrative measures to discourage act of cultism and promote peaceful co existence among the students she said Ajiboye also challenge students union executives and representatives in tertiary institutions to promote harmonious relationship between the students and the authorities This will go a long way in creating a conducive atmosphere needed for effective learning as well as promoting recreation and social activities in schools she said Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Society seeks stiffer measures to curb cultism, other illicit acts among students
    Education3 years ago

    Society seeks stiffer measures to curb cultism, other illicit acts among students

    The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) have called for stiffer penalties for those convicted of cultism to curb increased level of membership of students in higher institutions nationwide.

    Mrs Moradeyo Ajiboye, the society’s Director of Mobilisation in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Omu-Aran on Wednesday.

    Ajiboye said the high rate of cult-induced related deaths among students across the country had become a source of concern to the organisation.

    She said that the menace, if not properly addressed, could become a clog in government’s efforts at transforming the education sector.

    According to her, the problem has recently assumed a dangerous dimension as the menace of cult related activities is now also prominent among students in primary and secondary schools.

    She said cultism and other vices had done more harm than good to the country’s growth, progress and development.

    Ajiboye urged stakeholders in the education sector to rise to the challenge.

    She called on relevant government regulatory agencies, especially state Houses of Assemblies, to strategise and evolve stringent punitive measures in the form of legislation for offenders.

    The NCWS boss the prevailing incessant marriage breakups due to irreconcilable differences among couples was a bi-product of the vices in the society.

    Ajiboye particularly appealed to parents, especially mothers regarded as first teachers, to re-double their effort in impacting good morals and values in their wards as leaders of tomorrow.

    She disclosed that the organisation had on its part embarked on sensitisation campaign to schools, markets and religious places to educate stakeholders on the dangers inherent in illicit acts.

    “The prevalence rate of cultism in institutions across the country coupled with its attendant casualties, has become a source of worry and concern to this organisation.

    “With the present situation as regards cultism, it is not enough for parents to secure admission for their children and wards, pay school fees among other things and go to sleep.

    “The much bigger responsibility now is to monitor their activities, especially on and off the schools, so that they do not go astray.

    “The school authorities also have roles to play by putting in place effective mechanism and administrative measures to discourage act of cultism and promote peaceful co-existence among the students,” she said.

    Ajiboye also challenge students’ union executives and representatives in tertiary institutions to promote harmonious relationship between the students and the authorities.

    “This will go a long way in creating a conducive atmosphere needed for effective learning, as well as promoting recreation and social activities in schools,” she said.


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu has assured that the FCT Administration would intensify commitment to ensure continuity and sustainability of all ongoing Sustainable Development Goals SDGs projects in the territory In a statement by Special Assistant on Media to the Minister Mr Austin Elemue on Tuesday in Abuja Aliyu gave the assurance at the opening ceremony of the National Council for Women Societies NCWS annual gender advocacy and sensitisation summit on the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs She was represented by the Deputy Director in charge of gender Mrs Josephine Adigwe The minister noted that the SDGs programmes in the FCT like every other part of the country were aimed at bringing development to the people that are challenged especially those in rural communities The minister who commended the leadership of NCWS called for a specialised dialogue between critical stakeholders at national and state levels to influence policy for effective implementation of SDGs across the 36 states and FCT She said that the FCT Administration was making efforts in ensuring that all the out of school children especially the girl child was brought back to school with more investment in the education sector The FCT Administration will intensify its passion and commitment across board to ensure continuity and sustainability of all ongoing SDGs projects in the territory The SDGs programmes in FCT like every other part of the country are aimed at bringing development to the people that are challenged especially those in rural communities Also speaking the National President of NCWS Dr Gloria Shoda said it was imperative for women to be part of the planning implementation and monitoring of all schemes and strategies of the SDGs for the desired results in terms of gender balancing We have the power to re write the gender inclusiveness narrative in this country The impression that women can easily be replaced must be consigned away We must make ourselves irreplaceable We can contribute in our respective ways and magnitude Women shape the beauty of tomorrow We must contribute to fight for equity in allocation of opportunities she stated she said Edited By Joseph Edeh Sadiya HamzaSource
    Minister reiterates commitment to completion of SDGs projects in FCT
     The FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu has assured that the FCT Administration would intensify commitment to ensure continuity and sustainability of all ongoing Sustainable Development Goals SDGs projects in the territory In a statement by Special Assistant on Media to the Minister Mr Austin Elemue on Tuesday in Abuja Aliyu gave the assurance at the opening ceremony of the National Council for Women Societies NCWS annual gender advocacy and sensitisation summit on the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs She was represented by the Deputy Director in charge of gender Mrs Josephine Adigwe The minister noted that the SDGs programmes in the FCT like every other part of the country were aimed at bringing development to the people that are challenged especially those in rural communities The minister who commended the leadership of NCWS called for a specialised dialogue between critical stakeholders at national and state levels to influence policy for effective implementation of SDGs across the 36 states and FCT She said that the FCT Administration was making efforts in ensuring that all the out of school children especially the girl child was brought back to school with more investment in the education sector The FCT Administration will intensify its passion and commitment across board to ensure continuity and sustainability of all ongoing SDGs projects in the territory The SDGs programmes in FCT like every other part of the country are aimed at bringing development to the people that are challenged especially those in rural communities Also speaking the National President of NCWS Dr Gloria Shoda said it was imperative for women to be part of the planning implementation and monitoring of all schemes and strategies of the SDGs for the desired results in terms of gender balancing We have the power to re write the gender inclusiveness narrative in this country The impression that women can easily be replaced must be consigned away We must make ourselves irreplaceable We can contribute in our respective ways and magnitude Women shape the beauty of tomorrow We must contribute to fight for equity in allocation of opportunities she stated she said Edited By Joseph Edeh Sadiya HamzaSource
    Minister reiterates commitment to completion of SDGs projects in FCT
    Metro3 years ago

    Minister reiterates commitment to completion of SDGs projects in FCT

    The  FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu has assured that the FCT Administration would intensify commitment to ensure  continuity and sustainability of all ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) projects in the territory.

    In a statement by Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Mr Austin Elemue, on Tuesday in Abuja, Aliyu gave the assurance at the opening ceremony of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), annual gender advocacy and sensitisation summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    She was represented by the Deputy Director in charge of gender, Mrs Josephine Adigwe.

    The minister noted that the SDGs programmes in the FCT like every other part of the country, were aimed at bringing development to the people that are challenged, especially those in rural communities.

    The minister, who commended the leadership of NCWS, called for a specialised dialogue between critical stakeholders at national and state levels , to influence policy for effective implementation of SDGs across the 36 states and FCT.

    She said that the FCT Administration was making efforts in ensuring that all the out of school children especially the girl-child was brought back to school with more investment in the education sector.

    “The FCT Administration will intensify its passion and commitment across board to ensure continuity and sustainability of all ongoing SDGs projects in the territory.

    “The SDGs programmes in FCT like every other part of the country are aimed at bringing development to the people that are challenged, especially those in rural communities”.

    Also speaking, the National President of NCWS, Dr Gloria Shoda, said it was imperative for women to be part of the planning, implementation and monitoring of all schemes and strategies of the SDGs for the desired results in terms of gender balancing.

    “We have the power to re-write the gender inclusiveness narrative in this country.

    “The impression that women can easily be replaced must be consigned away. We must make ourselves irreplaceable.

    “We can contribute in our respective ways and magnitude. Women shape the beauty of tomorrow.

    “We must contribute to fight for equity in allocation of opportunities,” she stated,“she said.


    Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Sadiya Hamza

    Source

  •  The National Council of Women s Societies NCWS on Saturday called on the Federal Government to ensure that killers of Ms Laetitia Dagan were fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law The National President of NCWS Mrs Gloria Shoda said in a statement in Abuja that the murder of Dagan the Assistant Director of Administration in the Presidential Villa Abuja was one too many in recent times The number of people killed every day is alarming and nobody knows who will be next The government owes it citizens the right to protection of lives and properties so we expect that the government do more in this area We cannot continue to fold our hands and watch fellow Nigerians murdered in cool blood daily We want all Nigerians to join hands with us and call on the government to do all that is necessary to stop these senseless killings Shoda said She however commended the Nigeria Police for its quick response and the arrest of one of the suspects but urged them to do more It will be recalled that the late Dagan was reportedly killed by unknown assailants in her home in Abuja She was reported to have worked in her office at the State House till about 8 00 p m on Monday when she left for home The 47 year old Dagan was however attacked and killed at about 11 00 p m same day Edited By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    Aso Rock murder: NCWS calls on FG to bring killers to book
     The National Council of Women s Societies NCWS on Saturday called on the Federal Government to ensure that killers of Ms Laetitia Dagan were fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law The National President of NCWS Mrs Gloria Shoda said in a statement in Abuja that the murder of Dagan the Assistant Director of Administration in the Presidential Villa Abuja was one too many in recent times The number of people killed every day is alarming and nobody knows who will be next The government owes it citizens the right to protection of lives and properties so we expect that the government do more in this area We cannot continue to fold our hands and watch fellow Nigerians murdered in cool blood daily We want all Nigerians to join hands with us and call on the government to do all that is necessary to stop these senseless killings Shoda said She however commended the Nigeria Police for its quick response and the arrest of one of the suspects but urged them to do more It will be recalled that the late Dagan was reportedly killed by unknown assailants in her home in Abuja She was reported to have worked in her office at the State House till about 8 00 p m on Monday when she left for home The 47 year old Dagan was however attacked and killed at about 11 00 p m same day Edited By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    Aso Rock murder: NCWS calls on FG to bring killers to book
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    Aso Rock murder: NCWS calls on FG to bring killers to book

    The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS), on Saturday called on the Federal Government to ensure that killers of Ms. Laetitia Dagan, were fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

    The National President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Shoda, said in a statement in Abuja, that the murder of Dagan, the Assistant Director of Administration in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was one too many in recent times.

    “’The number of people killed every day is alarming; and nobody knows who will be next.

    “’The government owes it citizens the right to protection of lives and properties, so we expect that the government do more in this area.

    “We cannot continue to fold our hands and watch fellow Nigerians murdered in cool blood daily.

    “’We want all Nigerians to join hands with us and call on the government to do all that is necessary to stop these senseless killings,” Shoda said.

    She, however, commended the Nigeria Police for its quick response, and the arrest of one of the suspects, but urged them to do more.

    It will be recalled that the late Dagan was reportedly killed by unknown assailants in her home in Abuja.

    She was reported to have worked in her office at the State House till about 8: 00 p.m. on Monday, when she left for home.

    The 47-year old Dagan was, however, attacked and killed at about 11: 00 p.m. same day.


    Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

  •  How feasible is impressive women participation in governance A News Analysis by Dorcas Jonah Nigeria News Agency The 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women marked a significant turning point in achieving the global goal of gender equality Women across the world view the conference as an eye opener to starting agitation for an increase inclusion of women in the scheme of things especially public offices Organised by the United Nations no fewer than 189 UN member states unanimously adopted the resolution of the conference as a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls In spite of the resolution critics note that Nigeria being a signatory to the resolution has not been living up to the expectations of the womenfolk in that regard So in 2019 the National Council of Women Societies NCWS began series of advocacy to educate and encourage women participation in politics NCWS President Gloria Shoda identifies mentorship for women to get them interested in politics and getting public offices She notes that there are 29 female legislators in the 2015 2019 National Assembly which formed six per cent She says the present National Assembly has 18 female lawmakers 3 8 per cent a decline in female number With this decline it shows that women voices perceptions and experiences will be missing during parliamentary debates The state houses of assembly fare no better most of them have no female members or at best only a handful she said Shoda observes that since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic governance after years of military rule no woman has been elected as president vice president or governor in any of the country s 36 states Women have been playing subordinate roles and have not been independent political actors the deep gender gap in Nigeria national and sub national legislature calls for urgent action It is in recognition of the existing gap that the National Policy on Women was formulated in 2000 and later replaced by the National Gender Policy in 2006 which calls for affirmative action for the greater inclusion of women in politics she said Gender activists also note that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill aimed to tackle all forms of discrimination against women and promote gender equality in politics education employment marriage and inheritance was also stalled in the parliament since it was introduced in 2010 Shoda notes that in spite of these key measures progress for an all inclusive governance has been slow She says that most democracies were striving towards good governance and one of the key pillars of good governance is inclusion She insists that active women s participation in politics will drag until the present government and policy makers stir up women interest and provide fair process of integrating them in issues that concern governance According to her the NCWS will ensure that women who are presently holding public positions across the country would serve as torchbearers for other female politicians She also says that mentorship scheme will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society to ensure that they get into political space As an umbrella body of women we will continue to liaise with other women groups to build mass coalition of women support and advocacy group for women She recalls that NCWS has trained gender officers from the 774 local government areas across the country to educate women on the need to be political sensitive Irrespective of Shoda s plea Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba the Minister of State for Education enjoins Nigeria women to speak with one voice to achieve the feat According to him women must strategically position themselves as team players in nation building to achieve the goal of inclusion in governance and policy formulation We must master the art of being another woman s keeper we must consistently speak with one strong voice and challenge ourselves and continuously build on our capacity To transform our education sector all hands must be on deck Inclusion is key we must individually choose our roles either as the visionaries the enablers or the actual implementers of the next level which we would like to see he says Nwajuiba notes that it is commendable when a coalition of women take charge to bring key players together to further empower women on their roles in enhancing inclusion to impact on the education sector It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari led government is determined to provide all inclusive equitable education for all girl child boy child drop out the Amajiri and out of school children being our agenda and top on the priority list of our ministry he says Concerned citizens nonetheless insist that the will to change the narrative lies in the interest of the government policy makers and individuals
    NEWS ANALYSIS: How feasible is impressive women participation in governance?
     How feasible is impressive women participation in governance A News Analysis by Dorcas Jonah Nigeria News Agency The 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women marked a significant turning point in achieving the global goal of gender equality Women across the world view the conference as an eye opener to starting agitation for an increase inclusion of women in the scheme of things especially public offices Organised by the United Nations no fewer than 189 UN member states unanimously adopted the resolution of the conference as a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls In spite of the resolution critics note that Nigeria being a signatory to the resolution has not been living up to the expectations of the womenfolk in that regard So in 2019 the National Council of Women Societies NCWS began series of advocacy to educate and encourage women participation in politics NCWS President Gloria Shoda identifies mentorship for women to get them interested in politics and getting public offices She notes that there are 29 female legislators in the 2015 2019 National Assembly which formed six per cent She says the present National Assembly has 18 female lawmakers 3 8 per cent a decline in female number With this decline it shows that women voices perceptions and experiences will be missing during parliamentary debates The state houses of assembly fare no better most of them have no female members or at best only a handful she said Shoda observes that since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic governance after years of military rule no woman has been elected as president vice president or governor in any of the country s 36 states Women have been playing subordinate roles and have not been independent political actors the deep gender gap in Nigeria national and sub national legislature calls for urgent action It is in recognition of the existing gap that the National Policy on Women was formulated in 2000 and later replaced by the National Gender Policy in 2006 which calls for affirmative action for the greater inclusion of women in politics she said Gender activists also note that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill aimed to tackle all forms of discrimination against women and promote gender equality in politics education employment marriage and inheritance was also stalled in the parliament since it was introduced in 2010 Shoda notes that in spite of these key measures progress for an all inclusive governance has been slow She says that most democracies were striving towards good governance and one of the key pillars of good governance is inclusion She insists that active women s participation in politics will drag until the present government and policy makers stir up women interest and provide fair process of integrating them in issues that concern governance According to her the NCWS will ensure that women who are presently holding public positions across the country would serve as torchbearers for other female politicians She also says that mentorship scheme will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society to ensure that they get into political space As an umbrella body of women we will continue to liaise with other women groups to build mass coalition of women support and advocacy group for women She recalls that NCWS has trained gender officers from the 774 local government areas across the country to educate women on the need to be political sensitive Irrespective of Shoda s plea Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba the Minister of State for Education enjoins Nigeria women to speak with one voice to achieve the feat According to him women must strategically position themselves as team players in nation building to achieve the goal of inclusion in governance and policy formulation We must master the art of being another woman s keeper we must consistently speak with one strong voice and challenge ourselves and continuously build on our capacity To transform our education sector all hands must be on deck Inclusion is key we must individually choose our roles either as the visionaries the enablers or the actual implementers of the next level which we would like to see he says Nwajuiba notes that it is commendable when a coalition of women take charge to bring key players together to further empower women on their roles in enhancing inclusion to impact on the education sector It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari led government is determined to provide all inclusive equitable education for all girl child boy child drop out the Amajiri and out of school children being our agenda and top on the priority list of our ministry he says Concerned citizens nonetheless insist that the will to change the narrative lies in the interest of the government policy makers and individuals
    NEWS ANALYSIS: How feasible is impressive women participation in governance?
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    NEWS ANALYSIS: How feasible is impressive women participation in governance?

    How feasible is impressive women participation in governance?

    A News Analysis by Dorcas Jonah, Nigeria News Agency

    The 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women marked a significant turning-point in achieving the global goal of gender equality.

    Women across the world view the conference as an eye opener to starting agitation for an increase inclusion of women in the scheme of things, especially public offices.

    Organised by the United Nations, no fewer than 189 UN member states unanimously adopted the resolution of the conference as a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls.

    In spite of the resolution, critics note that Nigeria, being a signatory to the resolution, has not been living up to the expectations of the womenfolk in that regard.

    So, in 2019, the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), began series of advocacy to educate and encourage women participation in politics.

    NCWS President Gloria Shoda identifies mentorship for women to get them interested in politics and getting public offices.

    She notes that there are 29 female legislators in the 2015-2019 National Assembly which formed six per cent.

    She says the present National Assembly has 18 female lawmakers — 3.8 per cent – a decline in female number.

    “With this decline, it shows that women voices, perceptions and experiences will be missing during parliamentary debates.

    “The state houses of assembly fare no better; most of them have no female members or at best, only a handful,’’ she said.

    Shoda observes that since 1999, when Nigeria returned to democratic governance after years of military rule, no woman has been elected as president, vice-president or governor in any of the country’s 36 states.

    “Women have been playing subordinate roles and have not been independent political actors; the deep gender gap in Nigeria national and sub-national legislature calls for urgent action.

    “It is in recognition of the existing gap that the National Policy on Women was formulated in 2000 and later replaced by the National Gender Policy in 2006, which calls for affirmative action for the greater inclusion of women in politics,’’ she said.

    Gender activists also note that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill aimed to tackle all forms of discrimination against women and promote gender equality in politics, education, employment, marriage, and inheritance, was also stalled in the parliament since it was introduced in 2010.

    Shoda notes that in spite of these key measures, progress for an all inclusive governance has been slow.

    She says that most democracies were striving towards good governance and one of the key pillars of good governance is inclusion.

    She insists that active women’s participation in politics will drag until the present government and policy makers stir up women interest and provide fair process of integrating them in issues that concern governance.

    According to her, the NCWS will ensure that women who are presently holding public positions across the country would serve as torchbearers for other female politicians.

    She also says that mentorship scheme will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society to ensure that they get into political space.

    As an umbrella body of women, we will continue to liaise with other women groups to build mass coalition of women support and advocacy group for women.

    She recalls that NCWS has trained gender officers from the 774 local government areas across the country to educate women on the need to be political sensitive.

    Irrespective of Shoda’s plea, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, the Minister of State for Education, enjoins Nigeria women to speak with one voice to achieve the feat.

    According to him, women must strategically position themselves as team players in nation building to achieve the goal of inclusion in governance and policy formulation.

    “We must master the art of being another woman’s keeper; we must consistently speak with one strong voice and challenge ourselves and continuously build on our capacity.

    “To transform our education sector, all hands must be on deck. Inclusion is key; we must individually choose our roles either as the visionaries, the enablers or the actual implementers of the next level which we would like to see,’’ he says.

    Nwajuiba notes that it is commendable when a coalition of women take charge to bring key players together to further empower women on their roles in enhancing inclusion to impact on the education sector.

    “It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is determined to provide all-inclusive, equitable education for all girl-child, boy-child, drop-out, the Amajiri and out-of-school children being our agenda and top  on the priority list of our ministry’’,  he says.

    Concerned citizens, nonetheless, insist that the will to change the narrative lies in the interest of the government, policy makers and individuals.

  •  NANFeatures Vol 14 2020 Jan 9 How feasible is women participation in governance A News Analysis by Dorcas Jonah Nigeria News Agency The 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women marked a significant turning point in achieving the global goal of gender equality Women across the world view the conference as an eye opener to starting agitation for an increase inclusion of women in the scheme of things especially public offices Organised by the United Nations no fewer than 189 UN member states unanimously adopted the resolution of the conference as a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls In spite of the resolution critics note that Nigeria being a signatory to the resolution has not been living up to the expectations of the womenfolk in that regard So in 2019 the National Council of Women Societies NCWS began series of advocacy to educate and encourage women participation in politics NCWS President Gloria Shoda identifies mentorship for women to get them interested in politics and getting public offices She notes that there are 29 female legislators in the 2015 2019 National Assembly which formed six per cent She says the present National Assembly has 18 female lawmakers 3 8 per cent a decline in female number With this decline it shows that women voices perceptions and experiences will be missing during parliamentary debates The state houses of assembly fare no better most of them have no female members or at best only a handful she said Shoda observes that since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic governance after years of military rule no woman has been elected as president vice president or governor in any of the country s 36 states Women have been playing subordinate roles and have not been independent political actors the deep gender gap in Nigeria national and sub national legislature calls for urgent action It is in recognition of the existing gap that the National Policy on Women was formulated in 2000 and later replaced by the National Gender Policy in 2006 which calls for affirmative action for the greater inclusion of women in politics she said Gender activists also note that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill aimed to tackle all forms of discrimination against women and promote gender equality in politics education employment marriage and inheritance was also stalled in the parliament since it was introduced in 2010 Shoda notes that in spite of these key measures progress for an all inclusive governance has been slow She says that most democracies were striving towards good governance and one of the key pillars of good governance is inclusion She insists that active women s participation in politics will drag until the present government and policy makers stir up women interest and provide fair process of integrating them in issues that concern governance According to her the NCWS will ensure that women who are presently holding public positions across the country would serve as torchbearers for other female politicians She also says that mentorship scheme will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society to ensure that they get into political space As an umbrella body of women we will continue to liaise with other women groups to build mass coalition of women support and advocacy group for women She recalls that NCWS has trained gender officers from the 774 local government areas across the country to educate women on the need to be political sensitive Irrespective of Shoda s plea Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba the Minister of State for Education enjoins Nigeria women to speak with one voice to achieve the feat According to him women must strategically position themselves as team players in nation building to achieve the goal of inclusion in governance and policy formulation We must master the art of being another woman s keeper we must consistently speak with one strong voice and challenge ourselves and continuously build on our capacity To transform our education sector all hands must be on deck Inclusion is key we must individually choose our roles either as the visionaries the enablers or the actual implementers of the next level which we would like to see he says Nwajuiba notes that it is commendable when a coalition of women take charge to bring key players together to further empower women on their roles in enhancing inclusion to impact on the education sector It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari led government is determined to provide all inclusive equitable education for all girl child boy child drop out the Amajiri and out of school children being our agenda and top on the priority list of our ministry he says Concerned citizens nonetheless insist that the will to change the narrative lies in the interest of the government policy makers and individuals NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency
    NEWS ANALYSIS: How feasible is women participation in governance?
     NANFeatures Vol 14 2020 Jan 9 How feasible is women participation in governance A News Analysis by Dorcas Jonah Nigeria News Agency The 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women marked a significant turning point in achieving the global goal of gender equality Women across the world view the conference as an eye opener to starting agitation for an increase inclusion of women in the scheme of things especially public offices Organised by the United Nations no fewer than 189 UN member states unanimously adopted the resolution of the conference as a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls In spite of the resolution critics note that Nigeria being a signatory to the resolution has not been living up to the expectations of the womenfolk in that regard So in 2019 the National Council of Women Societies NCWS began series of advocacy to educate and encourage women participation in politics NCWS President Gloria Shoda identifies mentorship for women to get them interested in politics and getting public offices She notes that there are 29 female legislators in the 2015 2019 National Assembly which formed six per cent She says the present National Assembly has 18 female lawmakers 3 8 per cent a decline in female number With this decline it shows that women voices perceptions and experiences will be missing during parliamentary debates The state houses of assembly fare no better most of them have no female members or at best only a handful she said Shoda observes that since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic governance after years of military rule no woman has been elected as president vice president or governor in any of the country s 36 states Women have been playing subordinate roles and have not been independent political actors the deep gender gap in Nigeria national and sub national legislature calls for urgent action It is in recognition of the existing gap that the National Policy on Women was formulated in 2000 and later replaced by the National Gender Policy in 2006 which calls for affirmative action for the greater inclusion of women in politics she said Gender activists also note that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill aimed to tackle all forms of discrimination against women and promote gender equality in politics education employment marriage and inheritance was also stalled in the parliament since it was introduced in 2010 Shoda notes that in spite of these key measures progress for an all inclusive governance has been slow She says that most democracies were striving towards good governance and one of the key pillars of good governance is inclusion She insists that active women s participation in politics will drag until the present government and policy makers stir up women interest and provide fair process of integrating them in issues that concern governance According to her the NCWS will ensure that women who are presently holding public positions across the country would serve as torchbearers for other female politicians She also says that mentorship scheme will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society to ensure that they get into political space As an umbrella body of women we will continue to liaise with other women groups to build mass coalition of women support and advocacy group for women She recalls that NCWS has trained gender officers from the 774 local government areas across the country to educate women on the need to be political sensitive Irrespective of Shoda s plea Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba the Minister of State for Education enjoins Nigeria women to speak with one voice to achieve the feat According to him women must strategically position themselves as team players in nation building to achieve the goal of inclusion in governance and policy formulation We must master the art of being another woman s keeper we must consistently speak with one strong voice and challenge ourselves and continuously build on our capacity To transform our education sector all hands must be on deck Inclusion is key we must individually choose our roles either as the visionaries the enablers or the actual implementers of the next level which we would like to see he says Nwajuiba notes that it is commendable when a coalition of women take charge to bring key players together to further empower women on their roles in enhancing inclusion to impact on the education sector It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari led government is determined to provide all inclusive equitable education for all girl child boy child drop out the Amajiri and out of school children being our agenda and top on the priority list of our ministry he says Concerned citizens nonetheless insist that the will to change the narrative lies in the interest of the government policy makers and individuals NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency
    NEWS ANALYSIS: How feasible is women participation in governance?
    Features3 years ago

    NEWS ANALYSIS: How feasible is women participation in governance?

    NANFeatures/Vol.14/2020 (Jan. 9)

    How feasible is women participation in governance?

    A News Analysis by Dorcas Jonah, Nigeria News Agency

    The 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women marked a significant turning-point in achieving the global goal of gender equality.

    Women across the world view the conference as an eye opener to starting agitation for an increase inclusion of women in the scheme of things, especially public offices.

    Organised by the United Nations, no fewer than 189 UN member states unanimously adopted the resolution of the conference as a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls.

    In spite of the resolution, critics note that Nigeria, being a signatory to the resolution, has not been living up to the expectations of the womenfolk in that regard.

    So, in 2019, the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), began series of advocacy to educate and encourage women participation in politics.

    NCWS President Gloria Shoda identifies mentorship for women to get them interested in politics and getting public offices.

    She notes that there are 29 female legislators in the 2015-2019 National Assembly which formed six per cent.

    She says the present National Assembly has 18 female lawmakers — 3.8 per cent – a decline in female number.

    “With this decline, it shows that women voices, perceptions and experiences will be missing during parliamentary debates.

    “The state houses of assembly fare no better; most of them have no female members or at best, only a handful,’’ she said.

    Shoda observes that since 1999, when Nigeria returned to democratic governance after years of military rule, no woman has been elected as president, vice-president or governor in any of the country’s 36 states.

    “Women have been playing subordinate roles and have not been independent political actors; the deep gender gap in Nigeria national and sub-national legislature calls for urgent action.

    “It is in recognition of the existing gap that the National Policy on Women was formulated in 2000 and later replaced by the National Gender Policy in 2006, which calls for affirmative action for the greater inclusion of women in politics,’’ she said.

    Gender activists also note that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill aimed to tackle all forms of discrimination against women and promote gender equality in politics, education, employment, marriage, and inheritance, was also stalled in the parliament since it was introduced in 2010.

    Shoda notes that in spite of these key measures, progress for an all inclusive governance has been slow.

    She says that most democracies were striving towards good governance and one of the key pillars of good governance is inclusion.

    She insists that active women’s participation in politics will drag until the present government and policy makers stir up women interest and provide fair process of integrating them in issues that concern governance.

    According to her, the NCWS will ensure that women who are presently holding public positions across the country would serve as torchbearers for other female politicians.

    She also says that mentorship scheme will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society to ensure that they get into political space.

    As an umbrella body of women, we will continue to liaise with other women groups to build mass coalition of women support and advocacy group for women.

    She recalls that NCWS has trained gender officers from the 774 local government areas across the country to educate women on the need to be political sensitive.

    Irrespective of Shoda’s plea, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, the Minister of State for Education, enjoins Nigeria women to speak with one voice to achieve the feat.

    According to him, women must strategically position themselves as team players in nation building to achieve the goal of inclusion in governance and policy formulation.

    “We must master the art of being another woman’s keeper; we must consistently speak with one strong voice and challenge ourselves and continuously build on our capacity.

    “To transform our education sector, all hands must be on deck. Inclusion is key; we must individually choose our roles either as the visionaries, the enablers or the actual implementers of the next level which we would like to see,’’ he says.

    Nwajuiba notes that it is commendable when a coalition of women take charge to bring key players together to further empower women on their roles in enhancing inclusion to impact on the education sector.

    “It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is determined to provide all-inclusive, equitable education for all girl-child, boy-child, drop-out, the Amajiri and out-of-school children being our agenda and top  on the priority list of our ministry’’,  he says.

    Concerned citizens, nonetheless, insist that the will to change the narrative lies in the interest of the government, policy makers and individuals.(NANFeatures)

    **If used, please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency  

  •   The National Council of Women Societies NCWS has called on government at all levels to ensure a transformative agenda for women in 2020 to realise the gains of gender equality The President of the council Mrs Gloria Shoda who made the call in her New Year message to Nigerian women on Tuesday in Abuja said that this would help key stakeholders to push for advancement in areas where progress was lacking According to her 2020 will be a historic year for women The time to call for a transformative agenda for women in 2020 is now Recent history has shown that transformative change is important and lasting but takes place only when there is major investment and attention that rises above partisan concerns As a council we believe that asserting the centrality of investments in women and girls is critical for the health of the country Rising above the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 indicators to measure progress we call for a fresh bold and straightforward agenda for new investment in six key areas to realise progress for women and girls in the country she said Shoda called on the global community to identify key actions in areas like politics reproductive health gender based violence and education to concentrate on for the benefit of women Mrs Gloria Shoda National President NCWS She noted that most significant progress had been made in the struggle for women advancement since the Beijing conference in 1995 The council boss said the emergence of a broader mainstreamed recognition and investment in women in many areas of development had yielded better results than gender neutral approach According to her time is now apt for issues on women to move from the sidelines to centre stage and promote activities that will put women at the centre of development Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    NCWS calls for transformative agenda for women in 2020 
      The National Council of Women Societies NCWS has called on government at all levels to ensure a transformative agenda for women in 2020 to realise the gains of gender equality The President of the council Mrs Gloria Shoda who made the call in her New Year message to Nigerian women on Tuesday in Abuja said that this would help key stakeholders to push for advancement in areas where progress was lacking According to her 2020 will be a historic year for women The time to call for a transformative agenda for women in 2020 is now Recent history has shown that transformative change is important and lasting but takes place only when there is major investment and attention that rises above partisan concerns As a council we believe that asserting the centrality of investments in women and girls is critical for the health of the country Rising above the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 indicators to measure progress we call for a fresh bold and straightforward agenda for new investment in six key areas to realise progress for women and girls in the country she said Shoda called on the global community to identify key actions in areas like politics reproductive health gender based violence and education to concentrate on for the benefit of women Mrs Gloria Shoda National President NCWS She noted that most significant progress had been made in the struggle for women advancement since the Beijing conference in 1995 The council boss said the emergence of a broader mainstreamed recognition and investment in women in many areas of development had yielded better results than gender neutral approach According to her time is now apt for issues on women to move from the sidelines to centre stage and promote activities that will put women at the centre of development Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    NCWS calls for transformative agenda for women in 2020 
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    NCWS calls for transformative agenda for women in 2020 

    The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), has called on government at all levels to ensure a transformative agenda for women in 2020 to realise the gains of gender equality.

     

    The President of the council, Mrs Gloria Shoda, who made the call in her New Year message to Nigerian women on Tuesday in Abuja, said that this would help key stakeholders to push for advancement in areas where progress was lacking.

     

    According to her, 2020 will be a historic year for women. The time to call for a transformative agenda for women in 2020 is now.

     

    “Recent history has shown that transformative change is important and lasting, but takes place only when there is major investment and attention that rises above partisan concerns.

     

    “As a council, we believe that asserting the centrality of investments in women and girls is critical for the health of the country.

     

    ” Rising above the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 indicators to measure progress, we call for a fresh, bold and straightforward agenda for new investment in six key areas to realise progress for women and girls in the country,“ she said.

     

    Shoda called on the global community to identify key actions in areas like politics, reproductive health, gender based violence and education to concentrate on for the benefit of women

    Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President NCWS

    She noted that most significant progress had been made in the struggle for women advancement since the Beijing conference in 1995.

     

    The council boss said the emergence of a broader, mainstreamed recognition and investment in women in many areas of development had yielded better results than gender neutral approach.

     

    According to her, time is now apt for issues on women to move from the sidelines to centre stage and promote activities that will put women at the centre of development.

    Edited by: Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •   The National Council of Women s Societies NCWS on Monday called for a national unity to end violence against women by 2030 The President of NCWS Dr Glory Shoda in a statement in Abuja said that women should arise and say NO to violence against Women Shoda called for fundamental change in attitudes among men toward checking violence against women adding that the law was yet to serve as a deterrent We continue to read reports of violence being perpetrated against women and girls in our urban and rural communities As part of our activities to mark the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women the council said it is time for a seismic shift of attitudes by society This will ensure that those who engage in any form of violence against women and girls are made to face the full wrath of the law she said Shoda also called on relevant agencies to align with the global thinking on this issue Shoda expressed concern over several cases of rape and defilement of children and minor as young as 10 years getting pregnant by unscrupulous men We need to take our message on this into the communities faith based organisations public and private gatherings Gender based violence must stop attacks on our girls must also stop We will like to see a situation whereby deeper public awareness is raised about this so that stigmatisation also becomes a thing of the past More so that victims are able to come forward to report and the law can be enforced I agree with the official UN position that violence against women and girls was a human rights violation and it goes unreported due to impunity shame and gender inequality The UN s assertion on this issue is correct we can see what happens here in Nigeria The case of the young girl in Benue Elizabeth Ochanya who sadly lost her life due to sexual violence and the 10 year old girl who gave birth few months ago Most recently the murder of a female political leader in Kogi is just the tip of the iceberg Thus in the spirit of this year s Day we must unite as one both women and men and condemn this flagrant abuse of human rights Girls and women should feel safe and confident within their homes school workplace and the community in general she said Shoda said that in line with this year s theme Orange the World Generation Equality Stands Against Rape NCWS expects to be at the forefront of planned activities to mark the event According to her the council will mobilise as part the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence to put an end to brutal acts that impact one in every three women worldwide We are wholeheartedly embracing the colour orange which symbolises hope and a brighter future without violence against our girls and women As the mother body of all women s organisations and groups NCWS will lend its nationwide voice to the global campaign to end all forms of violence against girls and women she said Edited amp Vetted By Dada Ahmed NAN
    NCWS calls for unity to end violence against women by 2030
      The National Council of Women s Societies NCWS on Monday called for a national unity to end violence against women by 2030 The President of NCWS Dr Glory Shoda in a statement in Abuja said that women should arise and say NO to violence against Women Shoda called for fundamental change in attitudes among men toward checking violence against women adding that the law was yet to serve as a deterrent We continue to read reports of violence being perpetrated against women and girls in our urban and rural communities As part of our activities to mark the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women the council said it is time for a seismic shift of attitudes by society This will ensure that those who engage in any form of violence against women and girls are made to face the full wrath of the law she said Shoda also called on relevant agencies to align with the global thinking on this issue Shoda expressed concern over several cases of rape and defilement of children and minor as young as 10 years getting pregnant by unscrupulous men We need to take our message on this into the communities faith based organisations public and private gatherings Gender based violence must stop attacks on our girls must also stop We will like to see a situation whereby deeper public awareness is raised about this so that stigmatisation also becomes a thing of the past More so that victims are able to come forward to report and the law can be enforced I agree with the official UN position that violence against women and girls was a human rights violation and it goes unreported due to impunity shame and gender inequality The UN s assertion on this issue is correct we can see what happens here in Nigeria The case of the young girl in Benue Elizabeth Ochanya who sadly lost her life due to sexual violence and the 10 year old girl who gave birth few months ago Most recently the murder of a female political leader in Kogi is just the tip of the iceberg Thus in the spirit of this year s Day we must unite as one both women and men and condemn this flagrant abuse of human rights Girls and women should feel safe and confident within their homes school workplace and the community in general she said Shoda said that in line with this year s theme Orange the World Generation Equality Stands Against Rape NCWS expects to be at the forefront of planned activities to mark the event According to her the council will mobilise as part the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence to put an end to brutal acts that impact one in every three women worldwide We are wholeheartedly embracing the colour orange which symbolises hope and a brighter future without violence against our girls and women As the mother body of all women s organisations and groups NCWS will lend its nationwide voice to the global campaign to end all forms of violence against girls and women she said Edited amp Vetted By Dada Ahmed NAN
    NCWS calls for unity to end violence against women by 2030
    Health3 years ago

    NCWS calls for unity to end violence against women by 2030

    The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) on Monday, called for a national unity to end violence against women by 2030.

     

    The President of NCWS, Dr Glory Shoda, in a statement in Abuja, said that women should arise and say NO to violence against Women.

     

    Shoda called for fundamental change in attitudes among men toward checking violence against women, adding that the law was yet to serve as a deterrent.

     

    “We continue to read reports of violence being perpetrated against women and girls in our urban and rural communities.

     

    “As part of our activities to mark the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, the council said it is time for a seismic shift of attitudes by society.

     

    “This will ensure that those who engage in any form of violence against women and girls are made to face the full wrath of the law,’’ she said.

     

    Shoda also called on relevant agencies to align with the global thinking on this issue.

    Shoda expressed concern over several cases of rape and defilement of children and minor as young as 10 years, getting pregnant by unscrupulous men.

     

    “We need to take our message on this into the communities, faith-based organisations, public and private gatherings. Gender-based violence must stop; attacks on our girls must also stop.

     

    “We will like to see a situation whereby deeper public awareness is raised about this, so that stigmatisation also becomes a thing of the past.

     

    “More so that victims are able to come forward to report and the law can be enforced.

     

    “I agree with the official UN position that “violence against women and girls was a human rights violation and it goes unreported due to impunity, shame and gender inequality.

     

    “The UN’s assertion on this issue is correct; we can see what happens here in Nigeria. The case of the young girl in Benue, Elizabeth Ochanya, who, sadly, lost her life due to sexual violence and the 10 year-old girl who gave birth few months ago.

     

    “Most recently, the murder of a female political leader in Kogi is just the tip of the iceberg.

     

    “Thus, in the spirit of this year’s Day, we must unite as one, both women and men and condemn this flagrant abuse of human rights.

     

    “Girls and women should feel safe and confident within their homes, school, workplace and the community in general,’’ she said.

     

    Shoda said that in line with this year’s theme: ‘ Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape, NCWS expects to be at the forefront of planned activities to mark the event.

    According to her, the council will mobilise, as part the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to put an end to  “brutal acts that impact one in every three women worldwide.

     

    “We are wholeheartedly embracing the colour orange which symbolises hope and a brighter future, without violence against our girls and women.”

     

    “As the mother body of all women’s organisations and groups, NCWS will lend its nationwide voice to the global campaign to end all forms of violence against girls and women,’’ she said.

    Edited & Vetted By: Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •   The National Council of Women Societies NCWS on Wednesday condemned the alleged murder of Mrs Salome Abuh People Democratic Party s PDP Women Leader and three others in Ochadamu by some political thugs The President of NCWS Dr Gloria Shoda in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja frowned at the killings It is bad that in this time in our country when the role of women has become more imperative the nation continues to lose lives especially women The gruesome murder of Abuh by rampaging political thugs in Kogi on Monday is most outrageous and must be investigated to deter future occurrence The NCWS president expressed concern that the violence that enveloped the state governorship Senatorial elections on Saturday could escalate to Monday with the killing of the women leader Nigeria News Agency reports that Abuh was sleeping in her home when some political thugs set her building ablaze This is very bad and I am using this opportunity to call on the security agencies to investigate and ensure that perpetrators are brought to book If 2023 will become a reality in the Nigerian electoral circle there must be methodological strategies to bring about lasting solutions to the plethora of killings and insecurity witnessed in recent times in the country Shoda who also condemned the manhandling of Natasha Akpoti the candidate of the Social Democratic Party SDP in the Kogi governorship election by thugs called for appropriate sanction Akpoti was said to have been manhandled by some thugs during the signing of peace accord in Lokoja by political parties before the election Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    Kogi poll: NCWS condemns killing of PDP women leader, demands investigation
      The National Council of Women Societies NCWS on Wednesday condemned the alleged murder of Mrs Salome Abuh People Democratic Party s PDP Women Leader and three others in Ochadamu by some political thugs The President of NCWS Dr Gloria Shoda in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja frowned at the killings It is bad that in this time in our country when the role of women has become more imperative the nation continues to lose lives especially women The gruesome murder of Abuh by rampaging political thugs in Kogi on Monday is most outrageous and must be investigated to deter future occurrence The NCWS president expressed concern that the violence that enveloped the state governorship Senatorial elections on Saturday could escalate to Monday with the killing of the women leader Nigeria News Agency reports that Abuh was sleeping in her home when some political thugs set her building ablaze This is very bad and I am using this opportunity to call on the security agencies to investigate and ensure that perpetrators are brought to book If 2023 will become a reality in the Nigerian electoral circle there must be methodological strategies to bring about lasting solutions to the plethora of killings and insecurity witnessed in recent times in the country Shoda who also condemned the manhandling of Natasha Akpoti the candidate of the Social Democratic Party SDP in the Kogi governorship election by thugs called for appropriate sanction Akpoti was said to have been manhandled by some thugs during the signing of peace accord in Lokoja by political parties before the election Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    Kogi poll: NCWS condemns killing of PDP women leader, demands investigation
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    Kogi poll: NCWS condemns killing of PDP women leader, demands investigation

    The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), on Wednesday condemned the alleged murder of Mrs Salome Abuh, People Democratic Party’s (PDP) Women Leader and three others in Ochadamu by some political thugs.

    The President of NCWS, Dr Gloria Shoda, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, frowned at the killings.

    “It is bad that in this time in our country, when the role of women has become more imperative, the nation continues to lose lives, especially women.

    “The gruesome murder of Abuh by rampaging political thugs in Kogi on Monday is most outrageous and must be investigated to deter future occurrence.

    The NCWS president expressed concern that the violence that enveloped the state governorship/Senatorial elections on Saturday could escalate to Monday with the killing of the women leader.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that Abuh was sleeping in her home when some political thugs set her building ablaze.

    “ This is very bad and I am using this opportunity to call on the security agencies to investigate and ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.

    “If 2023 will become a reality in the Nigerian electoral circle, there must be methodological strategies to bring about lasting solutions to the plethora of killings and insecurity witnessed in recent times in the country.

    Shoda, who also condemned the manhandling of   Natasha Akpoti, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the Kogi governorship election by thugs, called for appropriate sanction.

    Akpoti was said to have been manhandled by some thugs during the signing of peace accord in Lokoja by political parties before the election.

    Edited by Dada Ahmed (NAN)

  •   The National Council for Women Societies NCWS has given awards to governors of Ondo and Katsina states for their outstanding performances in governance and women empowerment in their states The Nigeria News Agency reports that the award was presented to them during the grand finale and dinner of the second edition of the National Unity Food Fair organised by NCWS in Abuja NAN also reports that the Fair has as its theme Subsistent Farming to Mechanisation at the Grassroots Gov Rotimi Akeredolu while receiving the award for his outstanding achievements in Ondo state and for empowering women expressed appreciation that his administration s achievements were being acknowledged beyond his state Akeredolu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Olubunmi Adebisi reiterated his commitment to the development of the state and the welfare of women Virtually everybody in Ondo state knows that it is an award we deserved The governor passionately cares about the welfare of the womenfolk Akeredolu is somebody who appreciates the fact that without a woman we can hardly talk of a nation He sees a woman as the backbone to drive a nation and the economy like what the Access Bank representative said that women are better managers of funds The governor has been encouraging market women and young ladies Of recent he gave over N540 million to marketers to encourage them he said Similarly Gov Aminu Masari of Katsina state promised to put more efforts to the welfare of women and youths adding that he would also align with the outcome of the Fair NAN reports that Lagos Borno Adamawa Ogun and Kebbi states were given Best Participating State awards while the Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC Dr Herbert Wigwe was also conferred with an award JAD DE WAS Edited by Dorcas Jonah and Wale Sadeeq
    Ondo, Katsina governors bag NCWS awards for good governance, women empowerment
      The National Council for Women Societies NCWS has given awards to governors of Ondo and Katsina states for their outstanding performances in governance and women empowerment in their states The Nigeria News Agency reports that the award was presented to them during the grand finale and dinner of the second edition of the National Unity Food Fair organised by NCWS in Abuja NAN also reports that the Fair has as its theme Subsistent Farming to Mechanisation at the Grassroots Gov Rotimi Akeredolu while receiving the award for his outstanding achievements in Ondo state and for empowering women expressed appreciation that his administration s achievements were being acknowledged beyond his state Akeredolu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Olubunmi Adebisi reiterated his commitment to the development of the state and the welfare of women Virtually everybody in Ondo state knows that it is an award we deserved The governor passionately cares about the welfare of the womenfolk Akeredolu is somebody who appreciates the fact that without a woman we can hardly talk of a nation He sees a woman as the backbone to drive a nation and the economy like what the Access Bank representative said that women are better managers of funds The governor has been encouraging market women and young ladies Of recent he gave over N540 million to marketers to encourage them he said Similarly Gov Aminu Masari of Katsina state promised to put more efforts to the welfare of women and youths adding that he would also align with the outcome of the Fair NAN reports that Lagos Borno Adamawa Ogun and Kebbi states were given Best Participating State awards while the Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC Dr Herbert Wigwe was also conferred with an award JAD DE WAS Edited by Dorcas Jonah and Wale Sadeeq
    Ondo, Katsina governors bag NCWS awards for good governance, women empowerment
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    Ondo, Katsina governors bag NCWS awards for good governance, women empowerment

    The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has given awards to governors of Ondo and Katsina states “for their outstanding performances in governance and women empowerment in their states.”

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the award was presented to them during the grand finale and dinner of the second edition of the National Unity Food Fair, organised by NCWS, in Abuja.

    NAN also reports that the Fair has, as its theme: “Subsistent Farming to Mechanisation at the Grassroots”.

    Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, while receiving the award for his outstanding achievements in Ondo state and for empowering women, expressed appreciation that his administration’s achievements were being acknowledged beyond his state.

    Akeredolu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Olubunmi Adebisi, reiterated his commitment to the development of the state and the welfare of women.

    “Virtually everybody in Ondo state knows that it is an award we deserved. The governor passionately cares about the welfare of the womenfolk.

    “Akeredolu is somebody who appreciates the fact that without a woman, we can hardly talk of a nation.

    “He sees a woman as the backbone to drive a nation and the economy, like what the Access Bank representative said, ‘that women are better managers of funds’.

    “The governor has been encouraging market women and young ladies. Of recent, he gave over N540 million to marketers to encourage them,” he said.

    Similarly, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state promised to put more efforts to the welfare of women and youths, adding that he would also align with the outcome of the Fair.

    NAN reports that Lagos, Borno, Adamawa, Ogun and Kebbi states were given Best Participating State awards, while the Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Dr Herbert Wigwe, was also conferred with an award.

    JAD/DE/WAS

    Edited by Dorcas Jonah and ‘Wale Sadeeq

     

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