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NGO plans support programme for female insurgency victims

24 April 2015, 08:30Mohammed Mamman

Damaturu -  A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Women Peace and Security Network, said it was planning a support programme for women who fell victims of insurgency in the state.

Hajiya Hauwa Bah, Chairperson of the organisation, said this on Thursday at the International Women's Day celebration in Damaturu.

Bah said the group would assist women to exploit available opportunities to realise their potentials.

"As a women organisation, we will partner with other organisations to support women and build peace and security across the state," she said.

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She urged governments at all levels to empower women in order to stimulate economic growth and poverty reduction among women groups.

Rifkatu Othman, a Director in the state Ministry of Women Affairs, said the Boko Haram crisis in the state had increased the level of poverty among women in the area.

"Girls have been out of schools making their educational status worse than before the insurgency erupted," Othman said.

The director said women who were victims of insurgency needed to be empowered to enable them contribute to wealth creation and the development of the local economy.

"If a country wants to combat poverty and achieve economic development, deliberate efforts must be geared toward women empowerment," she said.



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