FG pledges commitment to gender responsiveness for commodities, export as WADHI becomes Technical Partner to Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI)

FG pledges commitment to gender responsiveness for commodities, export as WADHI becomes Technical Partner to Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI)

The Federal Government has pledged commitment to the advancement of gender inclusivity and responsiveness in commodities value chain and export.

Amb. Mariam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, made this known on Thursday in Abuja, at the official launch of the Gender Initiative of the Commodities and Export Department (GICED).

GICED is designed by the Commodities and Export Department (CED), of the ministry to harness available resources to empower and strengthen women’s capacity to unleash their potentials in the commodities and export trade sub-sector.

Highlighting the importance of the initiative, Katagum stated that a lot still needed to be done in the area of women empowerment in Nigeria.

She said that in order to promote women’s participation in business, the Federal Government directed that a 45 percent slot should be given to women in the ongoing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) survival fund application.

She advised women to carry out ongoing Corporate Affairs Commission’s business registration for business formalization to access finance, market and other government initiatives.

“The female gender should be equipped and ready to break the glass ceiling and ascend to new positions of power in all spheres of our society, both in the Public and Private Sector.

“However, women especially, need to change old mindsets, take advantage of opportunities, develop their capacities and embrace the notion that they are capable of doing what men can do,” she said.

Katagum urged women to work harder for self-development, building capacities, embrace punctuality and actively engage in meaningful programmes and activities, without making typical excuses.

In an address, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said the programme was expected to develop the confidence and capacity of women, as well as provide avenues for equal opportunities to be harnessed.

Sani-Gwarzo thanked the ministry’s technical partner, Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiatives (WADHI), for its commitment, especially in designing a detailed work plan and Memorandum of Understanding, which would soon be finalized.

He expressed hope in engaging consultants and technical advisers to strengthen the initiative.

Mr. Suleiman Audu, the director of the department, said with the ministry’s huge mandate of creating enabling environment for businesses to thrive, the main recipients of policies designed for MSMEs were women.

According to Audu, he initiated the GICED in July, after recognizing the underutilization of women in CED, and the need to close the huge gap created by the lack of female gender participation in relevant activities.

He expressed a commitment to work with relevant stakeholders to remove significant barriers to women’s economic empowerment and increase women’s participation in trade.

KOWGO TRAINING AT BWARI AREA COUNCIL

KOWGO TRAINING AT BWARI AREA COUNCIL

WADHi conducted the first of the KOWGO financial and digital connectivity training for 120 women and men under the New Era of Progressive Development People’s Initiative (NEPDPI) in Bwari Area Council Abuja with a view to helping them use innovative technology to upscale their small scale businesses. The audience included farmers, tailors, petty traders and artisans.

Covid-19 palliatives: Women Traders Benefit

Covid-19 palliatives: Women Traders Benefit

The Women groups beneficiaries operating under the platform of the Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) who collected the consignment include: Home Excellence Family Worship Centre; New Era; Wuye Market and Abiding Ladies Fellowship.

Responding on behalf of the groups, WADHI Convener, Mrs. Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia appreciated the gesture and reiterated the commitment of the association towards upliftment of the women folk.

The association has a cluster of women and facilitated the distribution of the items through the women leaders in all the area councils to reach many homes.

WTO A4T GTR Side Event in Geneva: Nigeria – KOWGO: Indigenous Digital Solution for Achieving SDGs, Trade and Women’s Empowerment

WTO A4T GTR Side Event in Geneva: Nigeria – KOWGO: Indigenous Digital Solution for Achieving SDGs, Trade and Women’s Empowerment

Nigeria Trade Office to the WTO, Geneva, in collaboration with Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) side event on the margins of Aid for Trade Global Review.

The program and result showcase took place at room X3E/F WTO headquarters in Geneva.

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