Council to improve women status

Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta, Director-General, National Council for Women Development (NCWD).
Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta, Director-General, National Council for Women Development (NCWD).

National Council for Women Development (NCWD) has promised to improve collaboration with Nigerian and international partners to enlarge interventions targeted at improving the status of women.

The council’s Director-General, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta, made the pledge in a New Year message on Friday in Abuja.

She recalled the unprecedented events in the country in 2020 such as the #EndSars protests and the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown which impacted negatively on the economy of families, with women and children being the worst hit.

She said that the centre would continue to advocate for the safety, welfare and prosperity of women and girls by scaling-up its empowerment programmes and outreach to vulnerable women and female Internally Displaced Persons with life-changing skills.

Ekpere-Eta stated that “2021 will equally see the centre improving collaboration with Nigerian and international partners to enlarge interventions targeted at improving the status of women in the country.”

The NCWD boss, therefore, encouraged women to renew their optimism about life and position themselves for the opportunities the year would present.

She added that women in the formal and informal sectors should also be open to learning new skills, as 2020 had shown the importance of individuals and organisations being dynamic and ready to adapt.

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