From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
ActionAid Nigeria has advocated for equal opportunity for womenfolk alongside their male counterparts in the country to boost their capacity building.
The international organization also decried the marginalization of women in participating fully in most of the activities within their immediate communities as currently being experienced in Nigeria.
Speaking at the state level Women Peer Education Facilitators interactive session organized by ActionAid Nigeria in collaboration with the Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change In Development, held in Lokoja, the Acting Executive Director of PIBCID, Halima Sadiq said the essence of the forum was to make positive impact that would enhance the value of women and their empowerment in the society.
According to Halima Sadiq “Women in any given society have the voice and population to fight for their relevance. The save space training for women put in place by ActionAid is aimed at bailing them out undue marginalization and deprivation of their legitimate rights. Women are dying in silence over this development and we are ready to make a change to reverse the trend”
She enumerated some of the activities of ActionAid geared towards improving the living condition of women to include; funding of projects for women engagement in farming, education, participation in small and medium size businesses to boost their empowerment.
Halima Sadiq further affirmed that ActionAid has contributed immensely in the reduction of maternal and child mortality care in some communities across Kogi State.
She however, highlighted major challenges faced by the organization in its humanitarian services such as lack of maintenance culture on the side of women, inadequate commitment of women to effect positive change, low literacy level and nonchalant attitude in attending meetings.
She called on government at all levels to give priority to the welfare of women in Nigeria as well as being gender sensitive in appointment of key positions and provision of democracy dividends.