IWD: Presidency Calls For Concerted Efforts To End Poverty Among Women

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IWD: Presidency Calls For Concerted Efforts To End Poverty Among Women

The presidency yesterday called for concerted efforts to end poverty among Nigerian women.

It noted that wriggling women out of poverty had become necessary following the negative impact of COVID-19 which has aggravated gender inequalities among vulnerable Nigerians, leaving many women unable to take care of their families.

The senior special assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, made the call in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated across the world.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s IWD celebration, ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World’, Orelope-Adefulire, in a statement she issued, said just like in other parts of the world, COVID-19 had exacerbated gender inequalities in Nigeria, especially among the poor, with many women finding it difficult to cater for their families as a result of loss of their livelihoods as engendered by the pandemic.

She, however, noted that the federal government has positively responded to the challenge in various ways, citing the Special Cash Grant Project through which 135,000 rural women across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory were already benefitting from one-off grant of N20,000 each.

In addition, Orelople-Adefulire noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic directed the expansion of the Social Safety Net Register to accommodate more beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfer programme while women are also major beneficiaries of the various initiatives under the N2.3trillion economic stimulus plan of the administration.

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