UN Women Ready For Partnership With NILDS
The United Nations Women, a global organization committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women has opened high-level discussions with a view to signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS. At a meeting at the UN House, the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies Prof Abubakar Sulaiman stated that the focus of the technical intervention is on the plight of women and gender diversity across all spheres of our national life.
This is coming against the background of the Director General, NILDS vision to promote the process of legislation that address the plight of women and children, who have remained marginalized in the social and political space, in spite of women’s remarkable excellence in academics. Prof. Sulaiman bemoaned the continued vulnerability of women and children, as the most affected victims of the upsurge of crime, criminality and prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country.
“We have a framework in our work-plan on programmes that would address, gender inequality, alienation of women from political participation, women enlightenment, gender mainstreaming, children education among others. There is need for parliaments to look in the direction of, how much government is doing to address the plight of women and social inequality”- Prof. Sulaiman said.
For the Country Representative to UN Women and ECOWAS, Comfort Lamprey, the UN Women will support NILDS programmes through focused interventions and technical assistance with the objective of deepening and strengthening Nigeria’s democratic growth. She identified four main focal areas as priority to the UN Women: Capacity empowerment to support women in the 9th National Assembly, gender budgeting with special attention on allocation across the sectors, conflict prevention and resolution with emphasis on bringing attention to the negative impact and the role of women in mediating and ending conflict.
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