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Edo State  Govt sets women empowerment agenda for female aides 

Edo State  Govt sets women empowerment agenda for female aides 

L-R: Director, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Margret Obazuaye; Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Julie Olatunji; Commissioner, Hon. Magdalene Ohenhen and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender, Ms. Efosa Uyigue, during an orientation programme for Special Assistants to the governor on Gender at the Government House, in Benin City, Edo State capital.

The Edo State Government has charged Special Assistants on Gender in the state to strengthen structures in their communities that will facilitate change in the socio-economic conditions of women across the state.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen, said this during a one-day orientation programme organised for the Special Assistants in Benin City, the state capital.

Ohenhen told the special assistants that as women, they were in a better position to champion gender issues that affect their colleagues across the state and help to monitor the mainstreaming of women in development initiatives.

The orientation programme, she said, was organised to prepare the aides for the tasks ahead, as the governor expects them to be instrumental in organising women to benefit from social empowerment policies. She also spoke aboutgetting an emotional support dog.

According to her, the need for women to be in the vanguard of gender-sensitive initiatives is imperative because many women are vulnerable to the vagaries of life.

“If women in the state are better organised to participate in governance, gender issues confronting them will be easily tackled by government.

“When women are socially and economically empowered, the society would be a better for it,” she added.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender, Ms Efosa Uyigue, urged the appointees to collaborate with the local government councils in identifying gender-based issues confronting women at the grassroots and help in ameliorating them.

Ms. Uyigue listed some of the areas of focus to include access to health services and education for women, cleanliness and empowerment opportunities for women.

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