CSOs advocate for greater participation of women in Nigeria’s economic development

The Women’s Economic Collectives (WEC), under the Association for the Advancement of Women in Economic Development (PAWED), have called for greater participation of women in Nigeria’s economic development. The group made the call during a one-day technical review of the Women’s economic empowerment (WEE) of the National Development Plan 2022-2025 in Abuja on Tuesday. Speaking at the event, NACCIMA Women Group National President Aisha Abubakar said that the importance of women in the economic development of a nation cannot be overemphasized. Ms. Abubakar, former Minister of Trade and Investment, said that the revision of the WEE components of the national plan is important to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5, aimed at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. “As you all know, women play a vital role in developing the nation’s economy and the implementation of these plans must be holistic for their success,” she said. WEC is a combination of CSOs: NACCIMA, Women Business Group (NAWORG), National Association of Women Entrepreneurs (NAWE), National Association Women in Agriculture (NAWIA), Market Women Association of Nigeria (MATAN), and Association of Women in Trade and Agriculture (AWITA). PAINTED is a coalition that aims to build and foster sustainable civil society advocacy to support major WEE interventions at the national and state levels. The PAWED project works nationally and in selected states in each of the six geopolitical zones to raise the profile of WEE among legislators in Nigeria. Tuesday’s event was organized by the Research and Development Projects Center (dRPC), in collaboration with the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) and Dangote Business School, Bayero University, Kano. Gender equality Speaking at the event, NES National President Ummu Jalingo said that gender equality is a right that must be fulfilled in order to mitigate the number of challenges facing humanity, especially women. Ms. Jalingo said that these challenges range from the economic crisis, health problems, violence against women, climate change, among others. She said that women are not only more affected by these problems, but also have ideas, will and leadership capacity to solve them. She lamented that gender discrimination is holding back many women, slowing down global economic growth. “WEE is necessary for the inclusive and equitable economic growth of any nation,” he said. Invest in WEE projects Ms. Jalingo said that it is important for the government to invest in women’s economic projects. She said that investing in women can make a big difference not only for women, but also for their families, communities and the nation as a whole. ALSO READ: PAWED, others discuss women’s participation in economic development (LIVE UPDATE) He said that investing in women will further ensure poverty reduction across the country. “To promote the process of economic empowerment, generate higher productivity and accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty through the reduction of maternal and infant mortality, the participation of women in economic ownership and control of productive assets It’s key,” he said. WEE is sponsored by the Gates Foundation, which believes that women’s economic empowerment is beneficial not only to individual women but also to their children, households, and communities. The program aims to help women and girls move from limited power, voice, and tasks at home and in the economy to having the necessary skills, resources, and opportunities to compete fairly and benefit from profits. economic. The Nigerian government launched a technical working group for the pilot monitoring and evaluation framework for WEE interventions in September 2021. The group was inaugurated after a national symposium organized by the National Institute of Political and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in collaboration with the dRPC in the framework of application in regards to the WEE. Participants in the event had recommended that a working group be established to follow up on the implementation of the framework. advertisements Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; CSOs advocate for greater participation of women in Nigeria’s economic development