UNDP, women ministry partner on women, girls’ challenges

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, gender actors and other partners have again restated their commitment to catalysing positive change in the lives of women and girls across the nation.

The minister, Barr Uju-Kennedy Ohaneye and other stakeholders gave the assurance on Friday at a high-level multi-sectoral roundtable meeting held in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance development partners, sectoral representatives, donors and knowledge-based stakeholders.

The minister described the meeting as apt, saying it provided a platform for direct engagement between stakeholders and the ministry.

“Your insights, expertise, and perspectives are invaluable as we work together to develop strategies and initiatives that will drive meaningful change in the lives of women and girls across Nigeria.

“It is a testimonial to our ongoing efforts to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls in Nigeria as well as addressing the challenges and barriers that hinder gender equality and women’s empowerment in our country.

Gender and Human Rights Programme Lead, Onyiye Belinda Ndubuisi, in her contribution, stressed the need for the agency and the ministry to work collectively, seal partnerships, streamline projections towards a new beginning for women and girls.

Also speaking, the Lead Economic Empowerment (UN Women), Dr. Chukwuemeka Onyimadu, thanked the minister and stakeholders for the meeting, citing needs for progressives advancement for the gender.

“We will deepen this collaborative agenda, work with the ministry and other stakeholders to get things done,” he said.