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The women empowerment projects of first ladies - past and present - have focused on economic empowerment, skills acquisition, and political empowerment merely in mobilising women to vote, but not putting them up to be voted for. Nigeria

What will the political officers and women rights activists in Nigeria tell the world body as the major achievements of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development when they converge at the United Nations in March next year to appraise the Beijing Declaration of 1995? This question came to the fore recently when some observers and analysts sought to question the relevance of the special ministry for women affairs and social development amidst multifaceted challenges...

To assess Nigeria’s level of preparedness, it is imperative for the nation to appraise the extent the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, established by Decree No. 30 of 1989; with the broad mandate to advise the government on gender and children issues and issues affecting persons with disabilities and the elderlies has lived up to its billings.

For instance, the women empowerment projects of first ladies such as the Mariam Babangida’s Better Life Programme for Rural Women ; Maryam Abacha’s Family Economic and Advancement Programme , Honorable Justice Fati Abubakar’s NGO – Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative ; Stella Obasanjo’s Child Care Trust ; Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua’s Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation ; Dame Patience Jonathan’s Women for Change Initiative ; and Aisha Buhari’s Future Assured Project mainly...

Hence, FMWASD needs to refocus its interventions using the rights-based approach by adopting Gender, Legislation and Development ; because as contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to take part in the advancement of his/her country. Adopting GLAD approach will allow Nigeria to draw on the full range of human resources available to it to progress; and help to ensure that women’s and girls’ needs are adequately met in policy making process.

Furthermore, GLAD says that the attainment of gender equality should not only be seen as an end in itself and a human rights issue but a prerequisite for the achievement of sustainable development. This is against the backdrop that holistic development integrates women into all facts of our national life and gives them the opportunity to play complementary roles in the nation’s development.

 

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