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Commissioners for women’s affairs take action to promote policies empowering women

Apr 22, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Commissioners of women’s affairs from six geopolitical zones convened in Abuja for a two-day forum aimed at aligning all 36 states with the National Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) policy to bolster access to finance, skills enhancement, and market opportunities for women.

The event, hosted by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in collaboration with the Development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC), was inaugurated by Barrister Uju Kennedy, Minister of Women’s Affairs. Minister Kennedy urged concerted efforts at both federal and subnational levels to foster economic growth and alleviate women’s poverty by facilitating access to resources and markets.

Dr. Judith-Ann Walker, Executive Director of dRPC, emphasized the significance of collaborating with NIPSS and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to drive WEE initiatives over the next four years, targeting subnational implementation.

The forum aimed to align the states with the National WEE policy to ensure that women across the country have equal opportunities in economic activities. It highlighted the need for better access to finance, skills enhancement, and market opportunities for women. The collaboration between NIPSS, dRPC, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs is expected to drive significant progress in women’s economic empowerment at both federal and state levels.

The Minister stressed the importance of concerted efforts to facilitate economic growth and alleviate women’s poverty. Dr. Judith-Ann Walker emphasized the critical role of collaboration in driving WEE initiatives over the next four years. Through this forum, efforts are being made to ensure that women across all states have equal access to economic opportunities, contributing to the overall economic development of the nation.

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