By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Director, Women Affairs, in Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Sa’adat Mahmoud, has advocated for empowerment of women in order for them to become less liability to their spouses and parents.
She made the assertion during the Annual General Meeting and Eleventh year anniversary of a Non-Governmental Organization, Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative, (EWEI), in Kaduna at the weekend
She added that empowering women will also make them to be self reliant for a better standard of living and development.
According to her, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in particular has been given the mandate of catering for the wellbeing of women, children, people living with disability and the elderly who are members of the public, hence, empowering women means empowering the society cum nation.
“When a woman is empowered she will not be a liability. Empowerment is not skills acquisition alone as people generally believes. No! Women could be empowered for social issues like economic, education, healthcare delivery, for active participation in politics and governance; and in other aspects of life.
“You know when a woman is a liability, she is a burden to everybody including her husband, family among others, but when she is self reliant, she has the consciousness of being encouraged to participate on anything and is better well off.”
Hajiya Mahmood who commended EWEI said the NGO is performing the mandate of her ministry of empowering and catering for the general wellbeing of women in the state.
Similarly, an educationist and Deputy Director, Female Education, Kaduna State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Elizabeth David, called for a return to the old tradition where every child belongs to the community in order to reverse the ugly trend of out-of school children particularly the girl-child.
According to her, during her days she used to know that every child belongs to the community, but nowadays, one could see a child roaming the streets but feel unconcerned, hence, “we need to talk to our girl-child and support her through sensitization,” she said.
Mrs David commended EWEI, for its humanitarian services to women, and equally called on NGOs present at the event who are supporting the State to also reach out to children through
Earlier, Founder/Programme Director of EWEI, Safiya Ibn Garba, informed that her organization have chosen to make a difference everyday.
According to her, since inception on June 6, 2008, EWEI has been actively working to achieve it aims and objectives of encouraging girls and women to harness their abilities and take more active roles in decision making and policy formation to ensure that their voices are heard and are taken seriously.
Ibn Garba added that for this reason between 2008 to 2018, EWEI has impacted 21,319 and still counting.
She also disclosed that EWEI’s Getting Involved, (GI) engaged 3,373 girls, women and youth between 2008-2018; which is now being transform to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs).
“To address the under-representation of women and excluded groups in the political space, and give a voice to citizens’ concerns; and encourage participatory governance among women and girls ewei’s Civic Education and Participation for Women Project, (CEPWOP), has engaged 2,584 beneficiaries from 2008 – 2028.
“To support girl child education EWEI ‘S Educational Subsidy Programme, (ESP) ha5 supported 23 beneficiaries from 2008 to 2018.
“To address the appalling levels of poverty in Northern Nigeria, particularly Kaduna State, EWEI’s Economic Empowerment Partnerships, (EEP) has engaged 67 beneficiaries, all women and girls from 2008- 2018 through capacity building and sourcing micro-credit facilities targeted at low income and out-of school girls and women.”