We remain committed to improving the economic status of women – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration remains committed to eradicating poverty and improving the growth and development of women and girls.

Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant for media and publicity in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said Buhari gave the assurance in a message to mark the 2020 International Day for the Elimination of Violence in the Republic of China. towards women.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that from November 25, the United Nations ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ will begin and end on December 10.

According to the president, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women offers a unique opportunity to highlight the measures taken by his administration to combat violence against women and girls.

Buhari revealed that, to deal with these developments, governments at the federal and state levels have put in place various measures to tackle sexual and gender-based violence “which has increased due to the lockdown measures introduced to control the COVID pandemic. -19 ”.

He said his administration has launched programs such as: Tradermoni, Marketmoni and Farmersmoni as part of the government’s corporate and empowerment program as part of the measures to tackle gender-based poverty in the country.

“To mitigate the socio-economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has prioritized vulnerable groups, including women, in providing medical and social assistance.

“Our administration remains committed to eradicating poverty and improving the growth and development of women and girls.

“Over the past year, more than one million Nigerians have been enrolled in the National Social Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households to enable them to access the social assistance they need.

“As part of the National Social Investment Program, we have started transferring cash and distributing food items to individuals and families in all states in Nigeria as a palliative.

“The palliatives will protect you from the coronavirus pandemic,” Buhari explained.

He said his administration believes that the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The president urged the international community to support the mandate and operations of the Human Rights Council.

He said it was in the council’s quest to strengthen institutions for gender equality and empowerment, as well as the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.

“We have developed additional strategies to improve the quality of life of women and girls, redoubling our efforts to improve women’s and girls’ access to productive resources and continue to ensure the protection of human rights.

“We are very aware of the need to empower women and girls for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the African Union’s Agenda 2063; as well as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

“I wish you a successful commemoration and Activism Days,” Buhari said in the statement.

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