• Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

Minister Solicits International Support For Empowerment Of African Women

The Minister at this year’s summit

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye, has called on the international community to join hands with Africa through the provision of sustainable funding for the continent’s development strategies regarding women’s empowerment and gender equality.

In a statement by the head of press and publicity in the Ministry, Grace Njoku, the Minister made the call while presenting her statement at the Commission on the ongoing Status of Women (CSW68), held in New York, USA.

The Minister informed that to ensure the realization of this objective, the Federal Government has created economic structures to facilitate job creation for the youth, especially women.

“The Government of Nigeria, headed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in its determination to meet the overwhelming objectives of the Session’s theme, which aims at accelerating the full and effective implementation of the various women frameworks and Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030, has created economic structures and infrastructure to facilitate investment and contribute to job creation for the teeming young population, especially women.”

She said Nigeria is doubling her efforts towards gender equality and addressing the financial needs of women and girls to set a direct path for poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth, which will in turn contribute to the development of human capital and capability, particularly for the feminine gender

The Minister maintained that, in light of the realization of the importance of girl-child education in the growth and development of the country, a national strategy to end child marriage has been put in place through multi-sectoral approaches to halt harmful practices against them while also strengthening its coordination.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the main UN organs within the United Nations, that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women. This year’s edition, which commenced on Monday, March 11, will be rounded off on Friday, March 22, 2024 with the priority theme, “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”.