NCWD holds women, girls’ sum­mit in Abuja

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

As part of ef­forts to con­sol­i­date on the suc­cesses recorded in the 2014 edi­tion of the Women and Girls’ sum­mit, the Na­tional Cen­tre for Women De­vel­op­ment (NCWD) is con­ven­ing the 2015 edi­tion which will hold on Oc­to­ber 13 and 15 at the head­quar­ters of the NCWD in Abuja.

This year’s edi­tion with the theme: “Em­pow­er­ment and Train­ing: In­no­vat­ing for Girl-Child Ed­u­ca­tion”, was cho­sen as a de­lib­er­ate plan in the pur­suit of pro­grammes to en­hance the qual­ity of the con­tri­bu­tions of Nige­rian Women to na­tional de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the cen­tre.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NCWD, Lady Onyeka On­wenu, said in Abuja at the week­end that the sum­mit was hinged on the United Na­tions Dec­la­ra­tion of De­cem­ber 11, 2011 which in­sti­tuted the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl-Child. She noted that the dec­la­ra­tion was to bring to the fore, the chal­lenges faced by the girl-child and other is­sues such as gen­der­based vi­o­lence.

Ar­eas to be cov­ered in this year’s sum­mit ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from On­wenu’s Media As­sis­tant, Ewache Ajefu in­clude de­vel­op­ing a strong girl-child ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, peace build­ing, stream­lin­ing eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment pro­grammes for women and girls, pre­vent­ing gen­der based vi­o­lence, In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPS) and em­pow­er­ment and train­ing for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The key ob­jec­tives of the sum­mit ac­cord­ing to Lady On­wenu are to de­velop a plat­form for high level dis­course on cur­rent is­sues af­fect­ing girl-child ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria, cre­ate av­enue for eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment for marginal­ized women and girls by fo­cus­ing on ed­u­ca­tion, vi­o­lence and se­cu­rity.

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