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UAE Ambassador to Nigeria tasks women on family values


The United Arab Emirate (UAE) celebrates the second Emirati Women’s Day, Fahad Obaid Mohammed Altaffag, its Ambassador to Nigeria, has tasked women on dedication and preservation of family values.

Altaffag said on Tuesday in Abuja that women across the world possess the capacity to maintain good family values and the nation at large.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Emirati Women’s Day was launched in 2015 by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak

Mubarak is the Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, President of the Family Development Foundation and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

The day is part of a bigger movement to increase female empowerment, especially in the Middle East.

“The Embassy of the UAE in Nigeria wishes to congratulate the virtuous, patriotic and productive women of the UAE in Nigeria, at home and all over the world on this important occasion.

“The Embassy celebrates our women as the key custodians of our cherished family values.

“I wish to urge them to use this auspicious occasion to re-dedicate themselves to service to their fatherland and the preservation of the ideals of the founding fathers of our dear nation.

“Also, Nigeria women and others across the world should know that, the embassy appreciate their efforts in maintaining family values,’’ Altaffag said in a statement. (NAN)

Christian Club imparts entrepreneurial skills on 1,000 Plateau women


A Christian club, Virtue Blazers, has organised a three-day workshop on entrepreneurial skills for 1,000 women in Plateau, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

NAN reports that the workshop also focused on promoting professional excellence among women to make them more competitive in service delivery.

Mr Tobi Salawu, the Northern Regional Coordinator of the club, who spoke with newsmen on Monday in Jos, at a ceremony to round off the workshop, said that its goal was to make women outstanding in their offices.

“ We organised the workshop to encourage and challenge the participants on professional excellence and entrepreneurial skills. We want to empower them economically and make them outstanding in the discharge of their duties.

“The entrepreneurial skills will encourage them to have multiple source of income to meet their personal and family needs because white collar jobs are scare or may not satisfy their needs,” he said

He said that the club had so far trained 15,000 participants since it commenced its seminars, workshops and camp training in 2005, adding that outreaches had also been organised to educate students on the dangers of social vices.

Among resource persons at the workshop were Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, former Minister for Water Resources, as well as Mrs. Leah Onigbinde, General Manager, Onigbinde Stores. (NAN)

NGO offers free cancer screening for 100 women in Lagos


Mrs Jamila Mu’azu-Olukosi, founder, Jamco Production, an NGO, in collaboration with Surulere Local Government Council of Lagos State, on Monday, conducted free cancer screening for 100 women.

Mu’azu-Olukosi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

She said the NGO also held an enlightenment campaign tagged: “Targeting Women’s Health and the Importance of a Woman in Politics,” in the council area.

Mu’azu-Olukosi, who is also an aspirant, Surulere Constituency 1, House of Representatives, said the aim of the screening exercise was to improve women’s health and encourage them to go into politics.

“Women should always make their health a priority, just as they are involved in other activities, especially strenuous activities such as politics.

“Women should always run test on their breast to ensure they are free from any issues or cancer, which are killer diseases.

“There is always prevention for every ailment especial all forms of cancer that affect women, such as breast and cervical cancer,” she said.

The aspirant called on NGOs, corporate bodies and individuals to render selfless service to the society by offering medical and other services to the grassroots.

“My main goal is to target the women, because I am a woman, I am passionate about it and I need to stay healthy to earn a living.

“I want other women to champion this cause and save other woman who cannot afford healthcare and are ready to work, that was why I organised this.

“We have so many health issues more than the men, in terms of fertility, child bearing and looking after the family; with no time to care for their health, especially checking out for symptoms of cancer and other diseases,” she said.

She called for continuous enlightenment on women’s health and their role in governance, to make a change in the society.

The Chairman of the local government, Mr Tajudeen Ajide, called on the women to take care of their health to ensure they stay healthy.

Ajide said women should take advantage of the programme to promote their health and take care of their children and also undergo regular and comprehensive health check to avoid unforeseen circumstances.

NAN reports that a large number of women turned out for the free screening with the presence of gynecologists to attend to them and pharmacists to give out free drugs. (NAN)

CSO advocates women inclusion in peace-building


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Search for Common Ground ,a Civil Society Organisation(CSO) on Tuesday in Gombe advocated for women inclusion in peace building since they are the most affected by crisis.
Dr Hassan Masari,consultant , United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 made the call at the Training on the Role of Media in Implementing National Plan on UNSCR 1325 for Electronic Media Journalists in Northern Nigeria.

Masari said that there was need to promote women engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeria due to the various crisis that had affected the region in recent times.
This,he said ,necessitated the establishment of the Women Peace and Security (WPS) funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN women in collaboration with UNICEF and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.

“Women have been victims of armed conflicts in different parts of the world,often having fewer or no resources to protect themselves and their children ,they constitute majority of internally displaced population.

“Women and girls are also victims of gender-based violence and abuse.
“While women constitute the majority of victims in conflict situations,they largely remain unrecognised and excluded from formal peace processes and negotiations .

“In addition to lacking access to justice to justice when faced with human rights abuses ,women also face hurdles when it comes to participating in reforming laws and policies to address these challenges.”

Masari urged the three tiers of government and traditional rulers to make deliberate effort to include women in leadership in order to advance gender equality and improve protection for women.

He said there was need for the media to also play its role as an amplifier and the voiceless to advocate for the implementation of the national plan on UNSCR 1325.
He said that this would go a long way to strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention and peace building .

Mrs Tamwakat Golit ,Project Manager,Women Peace and Security Search for Common Ground Nigeria said the training was aimed at equipping journalists to play their role effectively to promote women engagement.

Golit said that this was because women as the major victims of crisis were seldom called to air their opinions when deciding their case.

She added that the training was also a call to partner with the media to learn to view women issues through the lens of women and to be gender-sensitive in their reportage.

She said this was because in Nigeria ,the system had encouraged a patriarchal way of doing things for long adding that the narratives needed to be changed .

She urged Nigerians especially the media and the governments to aways view things and formulate policies that will deliberately promote women and enhance equality .(NAN)

Group advocates more women participation in politics


Miss Vera Yashi, the Convener of Benue Women in Politics Initiative, an NGO, has called for more women participation in partisan politics in the state.

Yashi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi on Friday that the level of participation of women in politics in the state was very worrisome and not encouraging.

The convener urged women to show more interest in decision-making process of the state and the country at large to enable them contribute their quota to nation-building, adding that they played very significant role in making a nation great through compassionate leadership.

“It is high time we changed our political equation and start to encourage women to go into partisan politics the more.

“The 2019 general elections are at the corner, we are to encourage more women to participate in the state and national elections.

“Women are very sensitive and passionate than men when it comes to leadership; it is a way of making a nation great.

“I therefore enjoin women in all professions to show more interest in the decision-making mechanism and make our country an envy of all,’’ she said.

Yashi said increased participation of women in politics would also promote entrepreneurship and women’s business initiatives, in the state and the nation at large.

She said the initiative focused on promoting conscious participation of women in democratic processes in the country.

“The world has the record of best leaders who are females and here in Benue we can also identify women who made giant strides in developing the environment where hold positions.

“The likes of Chief Mrs Elizabeth Ivase, Mrs Keziah Agundu, Rebecca Apedzan, Margret Icheen, Aondona Fiase, Maria Ikolola and Maria Ode.

“Others are: Espie Uba, Prof. Nancy Agbe, Prof. Charity Angya, Dorathy Mato, Mnena Ikondu-Ikpa to mention but a few.”(NAN)

Women blame high rate of malnutrition on lack of care from husbands


Some Women in Gimba Community of Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State have blamed high rate of malnutrition in the community on lack of adequate care from their husbands.

The women stated this during a town hall meeting on Wednesday at Soba on demand creation for nutritional and health services, organised by Save the Children International (SCI).

The women said that their husbands abandoned them the moment they became pregnant with no support, particularly in providing adequate nutritious food needed for healthy pregnancy.

One of them, Mrs Rahinatu Yakubu, said that husbands should be held responsible for the disturbing number of malnourished children in the community.

She explained that it was the responsibility of husbands to care and feed their family, but that on the contrary, the men became indifferent the moment their wives became pregnant with no form of care.

According to her, attention should be focused on husbands to live up to their responsibilities by caring for their wives and provide the food needed for healthy pregnancy and development of the baby.

“Malnutrition in our community begins right from the womb because our women do not get to eat well due to lack of care from the men.

“When it is time to deliver we give birth to a malnourished child and the hospital become our second home in search of treatment,” Yakubu said.

Another woman, Mrs Fatima Sule, said that all their husbands care about was marrying additional wives whenever they get little money.

“They have family that they don’t take good care of, but interested in marrying more wives and getting them pregnant only to abandon them also when they become pregnant.

“The moment you tell your husband that you are pregnant everything change in the house. He becomes unnecessarily angry all the time to prevent you from asking for money for food,’’ Sule said.

She also called on relevant stakeholders to talk to their men on the need to care and support their wives, pregnant or not, “it is their duty”.

The women equally appealed to government and other stakeholders to provide more drugs, beds and other facilities in the community’s health centre, adding that the facility is grossly understaffed.

Malam Musa Isah, the Nutrition Focal Person in the area, confirmed the high incident of malnutrition in the local government.

According to him, the number of malnourished children in the records of most health centres in the area doubled and in some cases tripled every week.

One of the community members, Malam Mohammed Hassan, acknowledged that some of the men do not take proper care of their pregnant wives.

Hassan said that due to poverty, not all men can afford to provide their wives fish, eggs or meat during pregnancy, but could however provide vegetables.

Malam Isah Ibrahim, Nutrition Advocacy Adviser with SCI, explained that failure to properly feed pregnant women and adequate infant and young child feeding practices were the major causes of malnutrition among children under-five years.

Ibrahim advised women to embrace exclusive breastfeeding and provide adequate complementary feeding after the first six months.

He also called on husbands to support their wives by providing the necessary nutritious food to their pregnant wives for healthy pregnancy, delivery and uninterrupted development of a child.

He explained that the meeting was organised to discuss and share experiences on issues around nutrition and other health related matters affecting children and women.

According to him, the goal is to enlighten caregivers on the need to demand for nutritional and other health services at health centres to ensure uninterrupted development of children.

The Chairman of the council, Malam Mohammed Aliyu, represented by his Vice, Malam Abdullahi Mohammed, thanked the NGO for the support and promised to look into the concerns raised by the women, particular in respect to quality services at the health centre.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that mothers and caregivers, including traditional rulers and religious leaders at the meeting, were sensitised on good hygiene practices and the importance of antenatal and post natal care. (NAN)

Don decries discrimination against married women, nursing mothers


Prof. OluwaFunmilayo Para-Mallam, a don at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos, has decried the existence of laws that impinge on the rights of pregnant women and nursing mothers in public organisations.

Para-Mallam, a professor of Gender and Development Studies, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos, particularly condemned policies that prohibit married women from getting pregnant.

“Married women have the right to get pregnant. They are also entitled to maternity leave after delivery. But some organisations prohibit them from getting pregnant while others deny nursing mothers maternity leave.

“While it is right for such organisations to value time and productivity, it is not right to deny female workers their basic fundamental rights,” she said.

She, however, cautioned women against abusing such privileges since the organisations thrive on productivity.

“There should be strict checks and balances to avoid abuse of rights in the number of years for child spacing. This is necessary so that we do not have women giving birth to children every year,” she said.

According to her, the Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Law in Plateau guarantees free health services to women within two years of delivery.

“While we commend that law, we also advise women to space their children and restrict their number to avoid abuse,” she said.

The professor called for flexible work hours in the public sector to address the hardship pregnant women and nursing mothers were facing while trying to balance their duties in the office and at home as nursing mothers.

She said that such flexibility should allow a woman to work at home in some days.

The don also suggested the provision of more Creches at subsidized rates within the office areas, so that mothers could have time for their children. (NAN)

Consumption of `Ugwu leaves’ improves fertility in men, women, says Experts


The consumption of fluted pumpkin commonly known as “Ugwu’’ will improve human reproductive capacity and fertility potential in both men and women, medical researchers and nutritionists in Lagos said on Saturday.

Dr Ochuko Eruikainre and Mrs Yeside Adesiyun, both Senior Research Officers and nutritionists, Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Pumpkin leave is one of the consumed dark green leafy vegetables in Nigeria and many people in Nigeria have been eating Ugwu without really realising its health benefits.

This type of dark green leafy vegetable is so versatile and can be recognised as a cure for some illnesses, if only we can look deep into it benefits.
Pumpkin leave is called ‘Ugu’ by the Igbos and ‘Ugwu’ by the Yorubas.

Eruikainre said that Ugwu leaf helps to protect men against infertility by improving the germinal epithelial lining of the testes, sperm count and increasing serum levels of testosterone.

“Ugwu leaf oil has also shown to be beneficial to female fertility by maintaining the morphology of the ovary and uterus as well as increasing serum levels and oestrogen.

“This can be attributed to its nutritional and phytochemical constituents such as antioxidants which help to protect against oxidative stress.

“The water extract of the leaf has shown by several studies to have a pro-fertility effect in males,’’ he said.

According to the expert, the micro-nutritional constituents of the leaves such as vitamins A, Bs, C and E, zinc, manganese, and copper have shown to improve both male and female fertility.

“These micronutrients are also co-factors for most enzymic activities in the reproductive tract,’’ Eruikainre said.

In her remarks, Adesiyun, said that eating Ugwu leaves could also help reduce weight and gives a feeling of fertility satiety.

“Ugwu leaf contains beta-carotene that is converted into Vitamin A, which helps to support the immune system and eye health.

“Some of the micronutrients in Ugwu leaf are antioxidants and these are very important in improving health and fighting diseases.

“How you prepare your Ugwu leaves can determine what you have left; the nutritional advice is that you should wash your leaves whole before cutting them.

“It helps to reduce the amount of nutrients that will be lost.

“Hot water blanching and prolonged cooking also reduce the nutrients .It is best to reduce heating and cooking time,’’ she said. (NAN)

Women farmers shortchanged in overall agricultural bounty — UWIACI Founder


Mrs Bridget Okonofua, the Founder and President of Unique Women in Agricultural Cluster Initiative (UWIACI), on Wednesday in Lagos said that women farmers were shortchanged in agricultural value chains bounty.

Okonofua, who made the assertion at the inauguration of UWIACI supported by Nestle Nigeria, said that the contributions of women to agricultural development could not be over-emphasised as it went beyond “just putting food on the table’’.

She said: “The heat in the critical room of the house, inadvertently reaches out across the landscape to rural areas where women go to the farmlands toiling with hoes and cutlasses gathering produce.

“In spite of these efforts, women are not sharing in the rich largesse of cultivation, processing, rearing, value addition and others and are most times denied opportunities in farming activities.

“This could be through inability to fund or outright skill gap deficiency which relegated them to the background and this realisation championed this initiative.’’

Okonofua also said that the initiative had in a year, engaged in many other projects like co-funding, co-farming in piggery, water melon, fisheries and snailery among others.

According to her, there has been visits to women farmers engaged in poultry, and has identified with the Ayetodo Poultry Farm in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

It has trained members in innovative practices applying Globally Acceptable Principles (GAP) such as hydroponics, mushroom and others.

Okonofua said that the initiative was working with local and international agro-firms to empower women through soliciting for funds, grants and acquisition of farmlands at concessionary terms.

“UWIACI is also championing the cause for mechanisation using tractors and other farming implements and tools which can improve agricultural commercialisation and food sufficiency.

“With all of these we hope that women in Nigeria with the right collaborations are in for a new dawn.

“UWIACI is ready to fill the gap between the demands and requirements of the sector against the backdrop of diversification mantra championed by the present administration.

“UWIACI is the long awaited solution for agricultural development and women empowerment in agribusiness in Nigeria,’’ Okonofua said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Initiative was established in 2017 to influence, inspire, engage and empower women along the entire value chain of the agricultural sector.

It is was envisioned to respond to the leadership, production, capacity development, opportunities and challenges confronting women in the same industry.

The initiative has been able to reach out to significant number of women, boasting of a membership strength of about 200 members.

Some of them are clustering to co-fund and co-own agricultural projects in the areas of Piggery, Fishery, Crop Cultivation and Water Melon and are also planning to add Snail and Cassava Farming to their portfolio of projects.

The identification process include needs assessment and grant solicitation to generate renewable energy and the production of organic fertilizer.

UWAICI is poised to partner with the local government areas (LGAs) and Government Parastatals (MDA’s) toward empowering vulnerable and baseline individuals, especially women to give them opportunities to economically improve on their welfare and livelihood.

Some speakers at the event include Victoria N’dee Uwadoka, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestle Nigeria and Prince Wale Oyekoya, Agriculturist, MD/CEO Bama Farms, past Chairman, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Others are Dr Akinwale Akinleye, Kinseth Consult Ltd., Chioma Tolani Roberts, Founder Mushroom Foundation Nigeria, Oluayegbusi of Upland Mills and Folake Akintimehin, People Operation Manager, Farmcrowdy.

The event was chaired by Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, Commissioner for Agriculture, Lagos State, while the Special Guest of Honour is Princess Sarah Sosan, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Ms. Cynthia Mosumola Umoru, Technical Adviser to Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture Youth Empowerment. (NAN)

Ondo Govt to provide temporary shelter for “battered women”


The Ondo State Government has promised to establish a temporary shelter for “battered women” in the state to ameliorate their plights and make life bearable for them.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Olawunmi Olatunji-Edet, made this known on Friday in Akure.

Olatunji-Edet spoke at an event marking the 2018 International Day of Family and Widows Day in the state.

International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”.

The commissioner said that commemoration of the two days was merged into one this year due to time constraint.

Olatunji-Edet said that the event focussed on the need to improve the standard of living of families and widows, and to also create wealth for the poor.

She said that the day was specially set aside by the United Nation to promote issues relating to the wellbeings of families and widows in the society.

According to her, the existing Family Counselling and Reconciliation Centres in the state will be upgraded and strengthened to be able to serve the state better.

“The family, as the basic unit of the society and main agent of socialisation, will continue to be improved upon to enable it to function effectively,” Olatunji-Edet said.

Speaking, Mrs Olanireti Alabi, of the Department of Social Development, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, called on Federal and State Governments to enact laws to specifically protect the interests of the widows.

Alabi, who spoke as a Guest Lecturer, said that government has a major role to play to formulate policies and programmes that would end violence among couples, widows and children.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there were empowerment programmes for women and widows at the various local government areas of the state including the provision of financial relief to extremely distressed families.

Others were skill acquisition and training on soap making, Adire making, food processing, among others. (NAN)

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