From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja

ActionAid Nigeria has called on government at all levels to accord women priority and be gender sensitive in appointments into key positions and provision of democracy dividends.

Mrs Halima Sadiq, Kogi state ActionAid Project Manager and acting Executive Director, Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change In Development (PIBCID), ActionAid local Rights partners in Kogi, made the call on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Sadiq who made the call at a “State level Women Peer Education Facilitators Interactive Session” organised by ActionAid in collaboration with PIBCID said there was need for equal opportunities to build capacity of women

She said that the international organisation decried the marginalisation of women in participating fully in most of the activities within their immediate communities as currently being experienced in Nigeria.

“Women are dying in silence over this development and we are ready to make a change to reverse the trend. Women in any given society have the voice and population to fight for their relevance.

“The Safe-space training for women put in place by ActionAid is aimed at bailing them out of undue marginalisation and deprivation of their legitimate rights” she said.

Sadiq held that ActionAid had undertaken a number of activities   geared towards improving the living condition of women.

They include among others, funding of projects for women engagement in farming, education, participation in small and medium size businesses to boost their empowerment.

Sadiq further affirmed that ActionAid had contributed immensely to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in some communities across the Kogi state.

The acting Executive Director of PIBCID said the essence of the forum was to make positive impact that would enhance the value of women and empower them for the general well-being of the society.

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