UN Women launches Protection, Empowerment project in N/East

Gloria Essien, Abuja


The UN women has launched its Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building of Women in the North East Nigeria.

The launch which took place in Abuja is aimed at empowering women who are affected by insurgency.

Speaking at the Launch, the UN women Country Representative, Ms Comfort Lamptey, said that the project aims to provide an opportunity to shed lights on the priorities of women and girls on the need to adopt an empowerment approach in response efforts.

“As UN Women, we recognise that the huge scale of the crisis and recovery priorities, our intervention is modest. Nevertheless, It represents a significant start and we expect to continue to build and expand on this work in the period ahead, in collaboration with government and donor partners,” she said.

She also explained that the project would facilitate women’s access to tools and resources to re-establish a semblance of normalcy in their lives.

Ms Lamptey added that if the stakeholders are serious about building sustainable peace in the north east, they must invest in helping women and girls to build dignity and self reliance.

The UN Women Representative also said that women need to be encouraged to stand on their feet after facing very difficult and tragic circumstances.

The Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building of Women in the North East Nigeria is financed by the government of Japan.

The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr. Yutaka Kikura, said that insecurity has displaced more than 1.7 million persons in Nigeria as well as in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

He said that the government of Japan therefore has decided to support the project to create a better life for women in Nigeria.

“The programme aims to contribute to a better life for women by, for example. helping women get engaged in income generating activities such as farming and trading of goods,” the ambassador said.

He added that Japan will continue to offer humanitarian, non-military assistance through UN Women and other international organisations to mitigate the effect of insurgency in Nigeria.

While appreciating the efforts of the Japanese government and the UN Women, the wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs. Aisha Buhar, who was represented by Mrs. Paulen Tallen, pledged to collaborate and ee to the success of the project.

On her part, the minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, said that the ministry has over the years been empowering women in the north east and that with the present project, more grounds would be covered.

Similarly, the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said that the women empowerment project would help in reducing poverty in the north east.

The technical session at the event x-rayed the challenges women face in the Internally Displaced Peoples Camp and proffered solutions to the plights of the women.

The Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building of Women in the North East Nigeria marks the entrance of UN Women into the north east humanitarian community.

The 0.95 million dollars project commences immediately.