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EU shields women, children from terror

04 April 2014, 17:25

Abuja - The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has mapped out strategies to monitor the N2.1 billion project the European Union found to promote women’s engagement in peace and security in the Northern States.

Minister Women Affairs and Social Development, Zainab Maina, said the project was timely as terror in the region had left thousands of women and children in the region vulnerable.

“Many of them are suffering from trauma as a result of losing their homes, husbands, and children are in need to be empowered,” said the minister.

She thanked the EU for its support for the development of Nigeria and suggested buying air time on radio to publicize the project saying 99 percent of people in Northern States relied on radio for news.

She also called on the EU to support the efforts of the Ministry in the areas of capacity building, mobilization and empowerment of female politicians wishing to contest in elections.  She stated that her Ministry has established 6 Zonal Women Political Empowerment Offices and a Trust Fund to support women candidates.

EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, said the delegation was at the ministry as a follow up to the signing of the agreement in order to seek the ministry’s partnership and suggestion on programmes in the coming weeks.

Arrion said the EU is also working towards projects that will improve the lives of women and children that include immunization of children and primary health care, food security, fight against trafficking and women’s participation in politics.

EU and the Federal Government recently signed an agreement for the project the EU will fund.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) will implement the scheme in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund.

– CAJ News

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