By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Kaduna State House of Assembly will support the group of women leaders coalition on COVID-19 response in achieving its aim of curbing the spread of the pandemic in the state.
Deputy Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honourable Isaac Auta gave the assurance when the coalition, being supported by UN Women paid an advocacy visit to leadership of the House on Tuesday.
“We want to promise you that as an Assembly, we are going to support you because it is a coalition geared towards saving lives and preventing further spread of the pandemic,” he assured.
Auta said that the coalition is lucky to have a member of the Assembly, Honourable Comfort Amwe representing Sanga Constituency as a member.
Speaking further, he described their visit as timely and well appreciated, assuring that their message would be forwarded to the Speaker.
He further thanked them for taking note of what the Kaduna State Government is doing to curb the spread of CoronaVirus.
“We have a dedicated Governor and we are partners in progress with him 100 per cent.
“I am sure that we would continue to yield achievements in Kaduna State to challenge other governors to emulate,” he stressed.
Earlier, leader of the coalition, and a consultant for UN Women, Dr. Lydia Umar said that they were there on an advocacy visit.
” It is a group of women leaders on COVID-19 response in Kaduna with membership drawn government, NGOs, civil society and the private sector.
“The coalition is made up of 30 women, Honourable Comfort Amww has graciously agreed to be a member,” she added.
Dr. Umar said that the UN Women after out break of COVID-19, saw that it had a disproportionate impact on women.
She said gender based violence increased during COVID-19 outbreak and they also suffered socio-economic disadvantages.
She however said that at the government level, interventions have been good for wonen.
“I want to commend the Kaduna State Government. We have four referral centres for gender based violence and also a shelter.
“COVID-19 has affected us all, disrupting the normal function.
“Kaduna State has done so well and deserves commendation. We have a lot of women in the state in key positions. We hope the Assembly will emulate.
“There was a timely lockdown and protocols enlightenment was also on the media as motivated by the government and supported by non governmental organisations.
“The very big one was the distribution of palliiatives,” she said.
Speaking further, she said she was delighted to hear that the Kaduna State Government has built an isolation centre.
“I pray we will have a chance to see it some other time,” she added.
The UN Women consultant disclosed that the coalition has come up with a framework as a roadmap to what they will be doing.
“With approval from the UN Women, we are hoping we can launch the coalition.
“UN Women and the coalition will be expecting representation from the Assembly at the launching,” she added.
In her brief remarks, Honourable Comfort Anwe said that they would be looking forward to support of the House of Assembly to ensure success of the coalition.
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 states.
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.