Moth­ers should be vig­i­lant to cur­tail rape cases – Fa­tima Ra­malan Yero

Ha­jiya Fa­tima Ra­malan Yero,

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Safiya I. Dan­tiye

the first lady of Kaduna State, in this in­ter­view with jour­nal­ists in Abuja, bares her mind on how she in­tends to em­power women and youth in the state. She also speaks about what led her to con­struct mod­ern toi­lets in pri­mary schools, ram­pant rape cases, among other is­sues: ex­cerpts:

Can you tell us about yourself?

I was born in the 80s .I at­tended pri­mary school in the United King­dom, I at­tended sec­ondary school in Zaria, af­ter which I went for Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion,(NCE).

As the first lady of Kaduna State, do you have any project that has to do with women and chil­dren?

Yes, as any first lady would, I have a project in the pipe­line aim­ing at im­prove­ment of the lives of women, youth and chil­dren.

What sort of project is it?

It is a project that en­com­passes a lot. For ex­am­ple it in­cludes an as­pect that has to do with the health of women and chil­dren such as ma­ter­nal and in­fant mor­tal­ity.

Many women and chil­dren die through these, so a lot need to be done. It is some­thing I am very con­cerned about.

Women should be en­cour­aged to at­tend ante natal clin­ics and take their chil­dren for im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

There is also the em­pow­er­ment of our youth to keep them from be­ing idle, as a re­sult of which they would be used as in­stru­ments of vi­o­lence. It may also lead some of them into tak­ing drugs, mak­ing them be­come use­less to them­selves and the so­ci­ety.

Be­sides, apart from keep­ing them from be­ing idle, they would get a source of in­come and there­fore be­come self re­liant. It is bet­ter to en­gage our youth in do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive, as they are the lead­ers of to­mor­row.

How­ever, the project is a Non Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) and has noth­ing to do with the govern­ment. It is just there to sup­port the govern­ment’s ef­fort to im­prove the lives of women, youth and chil­dren.

But even apart from the project I have trained women and youth on skill ac­qui­si­tion. I also have a ra­dio pro­gramme, called ‘Hannu da Yawa’, which aims at know­ing the prob­lems of women and youth. Through this we would know how to tackle such prob­lems.

The girl-child is some­one who is vul­ner­a­ble in many ways, what plans do you have specif­i­cally for her?

I have a lot of plans for the girl-child, es­pe­cially on ICT for girls. I have a project that I will carry out in­sha Al­lah be­fore the end of this year.

The per­cent­age of girls that are out of school is high, there is a lot of gap be­tween boys and girls, so I in­tend to fo­cus on ICT for girls and see how it goes.

The girl-child needs to be ed­u­cated and em­pow­ered. In the world to­day, we can’t af­ford to have un­e­d­u­cated women. If women are ed­u­cated, they are in a bet­ter po­si­tion to look af­ter their chil­dren and even help them with their home­work.

They can also con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety by us­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.

Wid­ows are people that the so­ci­ety tends to ne­glect, leav­ing

Ha­jiya Fa­tima Ra­malan Yero

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