Empower: Nigeria, others benefit from €250m EU fund for women

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NIGERIA is one of the eight countries in Africa selected to benefit from an envelope of €250 million earmarked to empower women in line with the 2030 agenda in Africa.

Ms. Patience Ekeoba, an official of the UN Women, disclosed that other African countries are Liberia, Niger, Malawi, Mozambique, Mali, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

The  European Union (EU) Programme Manager to Nigeria, Laolu Olawumi, disclosed that 250 million euros had been earmarked to empower women in line with the 2030 agenda in Africa.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, Olawumi had disclosed this in an interview on the sideline of the UN and EU spotlight initiative workshop in Abuja.

According to Olawumi, the EU-UN joint Spotlight Initiative is one of the global initiatives focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

She said: “Spotlight initiative is a global initiative that has attracted 500 million dollars and several countries have been selected across some continents in the world, to benefit from the grant.

“In Africa, Nigeria is one of the countries that have been selected, and an envelope of 250 million euros has been agreed for countries around Africa.

“In Nigeria, further envelop has been earmarked, which would be soon confirmed.”

Another official of the UN Women, Ms. Patience Ekeoba, noted that the overall vision of the initiative “is to achieve a Nigeria, where all women and girls are free from violence and harmful practices.”

Also,  Head of UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Mr Kwasi Amankwaah, said that the EU-UN joint initiative was launched in 2017 and designed to focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

Amankwaah called on participants to assist in eradicating violence, harmful practices that are related to sexual and reproductive health as well as the rights of women in the society.

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