The ActionAid Nigeria has commenced training of 25 Gender Desk Officers from line-Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Kogi on Gender mainstreaming to address gender imbalances.
Mrs Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo, Women Rights Manager of ActionAid Nigeria in her opening remarks at the at the two-day workshop on Wednesday in Lokoja said the programme was part of activities marking the International Women’s Day.
The workshop was organised by Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change In Development (PIBCID), in collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from ActionAid.
The Women’s Rights Manager said that the training was aimed at optimal performance as it sought to enable the officers to acquire requisite skills to analyse and design programmes based on the underserved gender, male or female.
“We are looking at building their skills on gender mainstreaming so that when they are designing plans and programmes and looking at policies, they will look at them from gender perspectives”, she said.
Ilochi-Omekedo lamented that in spite of various conventions on enforcement of women’s rights, Nigerian women were underserved in both elective and appointive positions.
“From the point of who is underserved, taking cognizance of women and men interests, women are mostly underserved. No female President, Governors Deputy Governors even House of Assembly members just few councillors. This is a human rights issue”, she said.
In her opening address, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development, Hajia Barikisu Momoh underscored the need for gender mainstreaming as a development tool for achieving national development goals and objectives.
She said that the goal of the National gender Policy was developed by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to build a just society devoid of discrimination and harness full potentials of all social groups regardless of sex and circumstances.
Mr Victor Adejoh, Executive Director of PIBCID said going by the theme of this year’s international Women’s Day, “Making It Happen”, all hands must be on the deck to make public service delivery happen for women.
He hinged the collaboration to train Gender Desk Officers on the need for them to be fully equipped to perform their assigned functions saying: “It is practically not possible to deliver gender messages without being trained. (NAN)