Coalition of Women Seeks Kaduna Assembly’s Support for Covid-19 Response
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
The Coalition of women for Covid 19 Response in Kaduna State, on Tuesday sorts the State House Assembly’s support in their response to the second wave of Covid-19.
Convener of the group and a Consultant with the UN Women, Dr Lydia Umar, who led members to Assembly to meet the Speaker Zailani Yusuf and other principal officers, said their overall objective is to support Government efforts in preventing the spread of covid 19 and its impact.
“To bring women from government, business and civil society under a collaborative platform for greater synergy in responding to covid 19. The Covid 19 has had several effects on all aspects of human life, disrupting normal functioning of all people especially the lockdown.
“The Coalition of 30 women members in kaduna was formed on 3rd February, 2021 supported by the UN Women to specifically respond to the new wave of Covid 19, help curtail its spread and mitigate its impact.
“Kaduna State Government has done so much that is exemplary and deserves commendation: the impressive representation of women on its State Executive Council (7 out of 14) 50%.
“And Covid 19 Task Force not less than 6, headed by HE the Deputy Governor, timely and proactive lockdown, public enlightenment on Covid 19 protocol, distribution of Palliatives and the building of a befitting isolation center.
“However more needs to be done to strengthen collaboration with women leaders in civil society and the private sector to ensure the needs and concerns of women and girls are adequately reflected in all Covid 19 prevention, response and recovery initiatives.
“Collaboration between Government and these women will ensure that economic recovery plans target the most vulnerable groups of women and girls.” Dr. Lydia, explained.
According to her, the Coalition of Women NGOs has come up with a framework as a road map and a draft work plan and plan to have a Launch and public presentation, with the anticipated approval and support of UN Women in the week of commemoration of the International Women’s Day.
She therefore invited the Speaker and his team to be of the part of the launch, saying “the UN Women and this Coalition will be honored to receive representation from your good office.”
In his response, the Speaker who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Isaac zankai, assured the coalition of the House support.
He said, “with the presence of the only woman in this house, Hon Comfort Amwe, be rest assured that you will get support you require. What you are doing is to help the public and we are going to support you.
“Let me also assure you that the state government will give you hundred percent support. This house is very open and you come for anything at any time.”
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has partnered with the UK Government Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office to implement a project on Strengthening state capacities and women’s participation in COVID response and broader peacebuilding initiatives Nigeria. With funding from the UK Government, the programme is being implemented in Bauchi, Plateau and Kaduna State. It is aimed at advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda and addressing key gender issues in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, by supporting state governments to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) and enhance women’s participation in leadership and decision-making.