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Kano State Govt. to empower another batch of 12,500 women, youths


The Kano State Government has concluded arrangement to empower another set of 12,500 women and youths to enable them become self-reliant.

Under the arrangement, 6,000 food vendors and 6,500 youths for phone repairs will be empowered to boost their businesses.
This is contained in a statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje which was made available to newsmen in Kano on Friday.

He said Ganduje revealed this when former chairmen of the 44 local government areas in the state paid him a solidarity visit at his office.
Anwar quoted Gov. Ganduje as saying it is part of his administration’s cardinal points to see to the development of small and medium scale businesses in the state.

“Since my inauguration as the governor of Kano state, I promised to empower our people at all levels of the ladder. With greater emphasis on rural dwellers. What we are doing is just what we promise to do.

“Very soon we are empowering 6,500 phone repairers. We have taken all records pertaining these people. We have their numbers, we have their locations, we have the history of their businesses at hand,” he said.

He said his administration would continue to empower women and youths so as to ensure genuine human development, adding “We can only save our people from poverty when we genuinely empower them”

For the food vendors in the state, who are mostly women, Ganduje said, “For your information, we made a purchase of 6,000 gas cylinders for our food vendors. While other accessories of those cylinders are supplied already from China”

“Very soon the state will also empower motor parks attendants for them to help in further developing their businesses and ensure sustainability in the state economy.

The spokesman of the former council chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Karaye, assured Ganduje of their support in the forthcoming general election.

“As you are aware sir, your projects cut across all parts of the state. You developed metropolitan areas as well as our rural areas. And you are still developing all parts of the state. We thank you for that.”

“We are in touch with our communities and they acknowledged all the developmental projects being executed by your administration, “he said the. (NAN)

4 Inch High Heel Race: CEO urges women to be smart, elegant on heels


Mr Dede Kalu, Chief Executive Officer, DAK Marketing Company, on Sunday said that high heel makes women smart, elegant and beautiful and they should manage wearing it very well.

Kalu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on the sideline of the 2nd annual high heel race at the National Stadium, Lagos.

He said that the sport-tainment is about women being smart on heels when they wear them.
“It is absolutely necessary for ladies to wear high heel because it gives them a unique look.
“They should stop putting their high heel in their bags, they should wear it always.

“If ladies should wear high heel in Nigeria and Africa they have to be smart about it, because abroad, at the age nine, they have started walking on it,” he said.

He said that the high heel race was first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa, although, they do it in Europe.

Kalu, however, said that it took him nine years to decide to do high heel race after he witnessed an accident at the Alaba International Market expressway.

“A girl of 21 year- old, trying to cross the expressway and couldn’t run fast on her high heel and she was knocked down, and the driver ran away.

“We rushed the girl to a nearby hospital and called the parents, after eight days, the parents came to thank me and said that the girl died.

“I thought if she was my daughter, sister or wife and that happened, how will I feel, that made me to decide on high heel race,” he said.

He said he was able to get participants through advert on social media platforms- Twitter, Instagram, Face book and some other platforms and about 500 persons signified interest in the race.

“We invited them and put them through some questioning and medical checks, then trimmed down the number to 100 who are participating today,” he said.

Shan George, a Nollywood actress, and special guest of honour, told NAN that the high heel race was an interesting event.

“It moved away from all the beauty pregnant this and that and brought in a new entertainment dimension that people should key into.

“Four inch high heel race is good, and our heel should be rugged as our roads and we should be able to walk on them very well.

“If you want to buy heels, you should know your weight, we have different high heels in the market, wedges, pencil, square, stiletto and others.

“But wear what you are comfortable on and be smart walking on it,” she said.

NAN reports that Precious Chukwuma, a 400 level mass communications student from the National Open University, Lagos who emerged overall winner at the event took home a cash prize of N100, 000.(NAN)

NAFOWA empowers 151 women, youths in skills acquisition


The Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA), says another batch of 151 women and youths have graduated from its Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Programme in Azare, Bauchi.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Daramola said that the training provided participants with knowledge and skills in areas such as computer studies, catering and confectioneries, hairdressing, tailoring, interior decoration, aluminium door and window fabrication as well as make-up artistry.

He said that other participants were trained in beads and accessories design, soap and cosmetics production as well as shoe and bag making.

“The skills acquisition and vocational training programme is in line with the association’s resolve to contribute its quota to the efforts of the Federal Government aimed at curbing unemployment among Nigerian youths.”

Daramola said that during the ceremony, the NAFOWA National President, Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, appreciated the Emir of Katagum and the people of Azare for their acceptance and participation in the skills acquisition programme.

According to him, Abubakar reiterated the commitment of the association to contributing to the socio-economic well-being of women and children in the society.

The NAFOWA national president said the graduation ceremony of the 8th edition of the Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Programme would not have been possible without the unprecedented support and encouragement the association had received from the current NAF leadership.

He said that Abubakar disclosed that the association had trained and empowered 2,000 participants across the country from May 2016 till date.

According to him, the NAFOWA president congratulated the graduating students for successfully completing the training and urged them to make good use of the skills acquired to improve their productiveness and general well-being. (NAN)

NGO drums support for women’s participation in agric value chains


The President of Partnership for Rural Women Development in Nigeria, Hajiya Zainab Mohammed, has called on relevant stakeholders to support the participation of rural women in promotion of agriculture value chains.

Mohammed made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women on Monday in Abuja.

The theme for this year’s celebration is, ‘Sustainable Infrastructure, Services and Social Protection for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls’.

“Rural women make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in agricultural labour force in developing countries.

“Yet, they are disproportionately affected by poverty, exclusion and the effects of environmental and climate change.

“Virtually every gender and development indicator for which data are available reveals that globally, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women,” she said.

Mohammed said lack of access to affordable and clean energy at the household level has particular implications for rural women and girls.

She said the absence of adequate sanitation facilities exposes women and girls to illness, risks to their safety and violence, hampering their ability to go to school, earn an income and move around freely.

She said rural women’s civil society organisations, enterprises and cooperatives were critical in gathering and uniting rural women and enabling them to influence the decisions and institutions that affect their lives.

“Around the world, rural women have organised to advocate for the infrastructure, services, and social protection necessary for their wellbeing, livelihoods, and resilience.

“Rural women have mobilized to secure water for irrigation and household use, and renewable energy for lighting their homes and powering small businesses.

“Rural women’s cooperatives are providing childcare services for and by their members,” Mohammed said.

NAN reports that UN International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honours the role of Rural Women Oct.15 each year.

It recognises rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development. (NAN)

26m women may lose jobs to technology- IMF


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its report titled “Gender, Technology and the Future Work” estimated that at least 26 million female jobs in 30 countries were at risk of being displaced by technology.

The IMF President, Ms Christine Lagarde made this known on Tuesday in a panel discussion on “Empowering Women in the Workplace” at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

Lagarde said that globally, 11 per cent of women were at risk of losing their jobs due to advances in computer technology, while only four per cent of the male population faces same risk.

“Less well-educated and older female workers, aged 40 and above, as well as those in low-skill clerical, service, and sales positions are disproportionately exposed to automation.

“Extrapolating our results, we find that around 180 million female jobs are at high risk of being displaced globally.

“Therefore policies are needed to endow women with required skills, close gender gaps in leadership positions and bridge digital gender divide that could confer greater flexibility in work, benefiting women,” she said.

Also, the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Mrs Mulyani Indrawati said that adding more women into the labour force of an economy would reduce poverty and ensure prosperity.

She urged women to be role models at their places of work.

“As women, we must strive to do extraordinarily well in other to set example for the younger generation.

“We also need to ensure girls have the right role models and mentors so they can really be the ones leading the way.”

Also, the Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Mrs Vera Songwe, said that increased access to the internet would bridge women’s skill gap.

“250 million fewer women than men in 2017 had access to the internet. In Africa, 27 million fewer women access reliable and affordable internet which will help close the current digital divide.”

She said also that higher female labour force participation could boost economic growth of a country.

“Creating more and better opportunities for women to engage in paid work and a greater ability to control their income and assets can also contribute to stronger economic growth in emerging market and low-income economies,” she said. (NAN)

Lawmaker trains 10,000 youth, women in Niger


Rep.Umar Bago, (APC-Chanchaga) said he had trained no fewer than 10,000 youths and women in various trades under the skill acquisition programme for his constituents.

Bago in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday said that about 5,500 youth were trained on such skills as electrical installation, bricklaying, carpentry/joinery and plumbing,

Other skills include pipe fitting, painting, driving, auto mechanic and POP making, motor cycle repairs, cell phone repairs, motor Mechanic among others.

He said that each of the beneficiaries was also provided with basic tools to start businesses of his own.

The Rep stated that 4,500 women were trained in cosmetics, tailoring, bead making, kitchenette, shoes and bag making, soap making and leather works, among others.

“We empowered them with takeoff grant to start business of their owned,”,he said.

Bago noted that there was the need to support women, a reason the programme was organized to make them more relevant in the society.

“What prompted my decision to organize this program is to fulfill one of my campaign promises and to thank the people for giving me the privilege to serve them.

“The present economic reality in the country necessitates the need to empower women to reduce financial burden on their husbands and to reduce youth restiveness.

“We have already succeeded in training our women on how to make varieties of soaps,’’ he added.

Bago called on the youth to shun all kinds of violence to ensure smooth implementation of the electoral process.

The lawmaker observed that it was only through peaceful atmosphere that free, fair and credible elections could be possible.

“I enjoin all stakeholders especially political class and those seeking elective positions to preach the principles of political tolerance and understanding among ourselves.

“It is only by so doing that the desire of Nigeria to conduct transparent elections will be a reality,” he concluded. ( NAN)

Conquering Kilimanjaro: Women with albinism set to scale Africa’s highest peak


Six African women with albinism who have overcome stigma, abuse, rape and machete attacks are set to scale the continent’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to dispel the negative perceptions surrounding people with the rare skin condition.

The novice climbers – aged between 26 and 35 years old and from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Senegal – said their seven-day trek up the 5,895-metre (19,340-ft) summit in Tanzania was to celebrate people with albinism.

“We are tired of being told we are incapable, cursed and cannot be part of society,” said Jane Waithera, Kenyan activist and co-founder of the “Climb for Albinism” expedition, which begins on Oct. 1.

“So, here we are, six African women with albinism who have succeeded in their lives despite the odds, are climbing the continent’s biggest mountain to amplify the voices of people with albinism – and hopefully be an inspiration to others.”

Joining Waithera are Senegalese bass player Maah Koudia Keita, Nigerian optometrist Onyinye Edi, South African actress and singer Regina Mary Ndlovu, Tanzanian entrepreneur Mariamu Staford and Zimbabwean educator Nodumo Ncomanzi.

People with albinism – a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes – are frequently shunned and attacked in Africa due to lack of awareness about the rare genetic condition.

In some countries, they are targeted for their body parts which are prized in witchcraft for use as lucky charms or in magic potions.

Women risk rape due to myths suggesting sex with a woman with albinism can cure AIDS.

Rising reports of ritual and witchcraft-related killings for body parts in countries such as Tanzania, Malawi and Burundi in recent years has prompted the United Nations to appoint a special expert to protect people with albinism.

The six women on the expedition have faced their own struggles growing up with albinism – some more horrific than others – and are now fighting the stigma and raising awareness about the condition.

Ten years ago, Staford had her arms hacked off by three men as she slept with her infant son.

With help from a charity and aided by prosthetics and a special machine, she started her own knitting business and is now a prominent activist in Tanzania.

“So many things have happened to me in my life, yet here I am. They cut off my arms, but not my will to survive and be something,” Staford, 35, told the media at the sidelines of a press conference.

“I want everyone to understand that people with albinism can do great things if they are given opportunities.”

The other women told stories of how they were abandoned by their parents when they were born, or how they were bullied at school, or even abused and raped because of having albinism.

Some of the women said they were unaware of what their condition was until they reached adulthood – struggling through school due to poor vision and not understanding why they could not play outside as their skin blistered so easily in the sun.

“I could never see the blackboard in class properly, but the teacher would never believe me when I told them. As a result, I couldn’t read or write until I was 25,” said Ndlovu, 29.

“My biggest wish is to leave a reference behind for others with albinism. I want young girls with albinism out there to see what we are doing and think ‘I can do this too.”

But the ascent of Kilimanjaro is not going to be easy.

As part of their training in May, the women climbed Mount Kenya which stands at 5,199 metres – but two of them had to turn back.

Elia Saikaly, film-maker and co-founder of the expedition, said the women will face near sub-zero temperatures near the top of Kilimanjaro, and the extreme altitude will make it difficult to breath – but all precautions had been taken. (Reuters/NAN)

FAO, AU advocate support for African rural women as agents of change to end hunger


African Union (AU) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have called for greater support to rural women as agents of change to end hunger.

The agencies made the call in a report released in New York on Thursday at a joint event with the AU on the margins of the ongoing UN General Assembly.

The report said that the gender gaps in agriculture in Africa was holding back progress toward ending hunger and must be urgently addressed.

Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organisation said it had become imperative to recognise and harness the fundamental contribution of women to food security and nutrition.

According to him, to ensure adequate food security, the persisting gender gaps in agriculture in Africa must be closed.

The Director-General called for better representation of women in governance mechanisms and decision-making processes, as well as adequate and equal access to land, financial resources, social protection programmes, services and opportunities for women in rural areas.

“We need to put in place gender targeted programmes that address women’s specific vulnerabilities but also their key role in household nutrition and resilience.

“Evidence shows that when women are empowered, farms are more productive, natural resources are better managed, nutrition is improved and livelihoods are more secure,” he said.

The Director-General noted that in some African countries, women account for up to 60 per cent of the labour force in family farming.

Da Silva said that women were largely responsible for agricultural activities such as growing vegetables, preserving harvests, raising small ruminants and family nutrition through the preparation of meals.

“Closing productivity gaps could increase food production and consumption by up to 10 per cent and reduce poverty by up to 13 per cent.

“If women have the same access to skills, resources and opportunities as men, they can be powerful drivers in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

“Empowering women in agriculture, value chains and trade will accelerate the achievement of the Malabo Commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals,’’ he said.

Asa Regner, UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, said that FAO recognised the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment within the organisation “and gender is a major priority’’.

“It is a known fact that when women have decision-making power, all of societies will benefits.’’

Regner said that the partnership between UN Women and FAO had proven especially fruitful in turning words into concrete action.

She noted that FAO and partners were providing technical support to many African countries in order to empower rural women.

“One example is the joint programme on accelerating progress toward the economic empowerment of women in Ethiopia, Liberia, Niger and Rwanda, implemented with the World Food Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and UN Women.

“The programme has already enabled more than 40,000 women to receive training on improved agricultural technologies, and aims to enhance their access to financial services and markets,’’ she said. (NAN)

Insurgency: VSF partners ITF to train 5,000 women as entrepreneurs in North-East


The Victims Support Fund (VSF), on Thursday in Abuja, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to train 5,000 women victims of insurgency as entrepreneurs.

Prof. Sunday Ochoche, Executive Director, VSF said that the partnership also aims at providing vocational skills acquisition to 1,500 out-of-school Youths in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

“The entrepreneurship development project will target 5,000 community-based women entrepreneurs, already under the VSF Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) project that had benefited from the cash support.

“Existing savings and loans associations established in 2016 and 2017 will be scaled up into 250 small scale women producer groups.

“1,500 out-of-school youth in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe will also have their capacities built in vocational skills to increase their employability and self reliance.

“ N130 million had been earmarked for the first phase of the programme, which involves training in critical areas,” Ochoche said.

Ochoche said that after the training, starter packs would be given to the beneficiaries to commence their own businesses as second phase of the programme.

He explained that the partnership would further facilitate the restoration of livelihoods and hasten the community recovery process in the North-East.

He said the VSF was now working on addressing the root causes of the insurgency in North-east Nigeria, stressing that it has been discovered that lack of education and high poverty rate were responsible for the crisis in the area.

Ochoche said that the ITF had similar programmes presently running, adding that their technical skills will help VSF to fast-track its own programmes.

Also speaking, Mr Joseph Ari, Director-General of ITF, said the two organisations have some similar mandates, expressing readiness to work with VSF to actualize its programmes.

Ari said that the partnership between both organisations would help in addressing some of the root causes of the conflicts in the North-East.

He called on other stakeholders to join force with the VSF and ITF to solve the problems of the North-east.

The ITF boss added that improving the livelihood of the people was important as the country’s population was increasing drastically. (NAN)

The Elevation Church Made for More Women’s Conference Will Set You On Fire


One of the fastest growing churches in Nigeria, The Elevation Church is set to hold her annual women’s conference Made for More starting on Friday, 19th October to Saturday, 20th October.

The conference themed Girl on Fire will host Jumoke Adenowo of AD Consulting Limited, she is an award-winning African architect, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

On its website, the church explained that the conference is for every woman, irrespective of status and age, both within and outside TEC, who wants to find and walk in the fullness of God’s plan in every area of her life It holds annually in the month of October.

The conference will feature an exhibition for women in business, the women in worship session will be an hour of worship led by music mistrels including Sola Allyson, Ella Vibes, Chioma Odimba, Lily Perez.

The real talk segment will also address real issues affecting the lives of women. The good news is you can also register for childcare during the conference.

You can register for the conference here


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