By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Women Leaders For COVID-19 Response has called for an economic recovery plan that would target the most vulnerable in Kaduna State.
UN Women Consultant, and leader of the coalition, Dr. Lydia Umar made the appeal when they paid an advocacy visit on Bunun Zazzau and the District Head of Doka, Alhaji Bala Mohammed Tijani on Thursday in Kaduna.
While commending efforts of the the State so far, Dr. Umar also called for strenthening of collaboration between the Kaduna State Government and women leaders.
“You are one traditional ruler that is a very dependable ally to the CSOs.
“When we were pushing for passage of VAP Law in Kaduna State, His Royal Highness was always with us all through the advocacy.
“We are here to introduce the coalition, its members and give you our message,” she said..
Dr. Umar explained that he coalition comprises of 30 women picked strategically with 10 from government sector, 10 from CSOs and 10 from private sector.
She explained that the pandemic affected all individuals directly or indirectly.
“Funds that would have been channeled into development projects channeled into interventions. More resources would be pumped into COVID-19, with ongoing discussion on vaccines,” she added.
She said they would be honoured to have him present at the official launch of the coalition in March.
She pointed out that the coalition is out to support government’s efforts and help.in curtailing the spread of the virus.
“We also want to see how we can mitigate impact of COVID-19 especially the women and people with special needs,” she informed.
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.