CODE Strengthens Women’s Participation in Covid-19 Responses

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CODE Strengthens Women’s Participation in Covid-19 Responses

By:Femi Mustapha

The Connected Development (CODE) in collaboration with United Nations has organized a two-day workshop for women in Kaduna State to strengthen their capacity and equip them with the necessary tools, skills and expertise to directly participate in Covid-19 Response .

The Chief Executive Offcer of the Organisation, Hamzat Lawal, disclosed this at the workshop with theme ”
Strengthening State Capacities and Women participation in Covid-19 Responses, held on  in Kaduna , North West Nigeria recently.

According to him, there is no gainsaying that Covid-19 will likely have longer-term gender impacts, pointing to the need to urgently prioritise the best possible response for children, women and the most marginalised, hence the need for the workshop.

Hamzat who was represented by the Senior Program Manager of CODE, Lucy Abagi, said the current Covid-19 health emergency is worsening gender inequalities.

He however lauded Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, for carrying women along in his administration.

The CODE boss said it is impressive that six of the Commissioners in the Covid-19 responses team are women, saying this will amplify women’s leadership and ensure their active participation.

“Through CODE’s result-oriented advocacy strategy, capacity strengthening strategy, communications expertise and technology resources, we will strengthen women’s capacity and equip them with the necessary tools, skills and expertise to directly participate in Covid-19 Response and Broader Peacebuilding Initiatives in Kaduna State,” she said.

Speaking on the lockdown action in Kaduna state, the Communication Associate of the Group, Adaora Okoye, said
Kaduna was the first state to announce a lockdown starting on 25 March, three days before their first case (Governor El-Rufai).

This lockdown she added that prevented people from the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos from entering the state. The initial lockdown was for 30 days, and when it ended, it was extended for a further 30 days.

Speaking on the palliatives distribution during the lockdown, member Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Comfort Amwe, called for special previledge to women and children in future palliatives distribution.

A participant, Comfort Gim of Fortress Academy said the abrupt disruption of academy activities is having a negative effect on the students.

She said parents now send their children to Abuja or negbouring states to attend school because of the closure of schools which is a bad omen for the State.

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