The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, OFR, KSG has disclosed the willingness of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Women Affairs to explore all opportunities with UNESCO to improve the education of the Girl-Child in Nigeria.
Speaking while receiving the visiting Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Audrey Azoulay at the National Centre for Women Development on Monday, 13th September, 2021, Tallen, when she showed the profile of high calibre of Nigerian women who are present in every profession and trade, said: “Education of the Girl-Child is therefore critical in order to get to this level.”
“The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs as the National Machinery for the advancement of Nigeria Women and Children, including the Girl-Child will explore all available opportunities with UNESCO to improve education for young girls and women through gender-responsive Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)”
Describing Nigeria women as resilient, Tallen informed the gathering that the Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and other relevant stakeholders has set up a multi-sectoral technical working group to among other things, develop and implement a holistic strategy for ending child marriage in Nigeria and other practices that hinder education of the Girl-Child in the country.
‘’Nigeria has also done well in Gender-Based Violence Data Management with the Launch of the National Violence Against Women and Girls Situation Room. This is a visualization platform which uses technology to enable Government, decision-makers and programme managers to view and analyze such data with ease”.
While appreciating the Director-General of UNESCO, Chairman of the UNESCO MAB ICC and Director-General of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria by virtue of which Nigeria is hosting the 33rd Session of the International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, Pauline Tallen equally expressed appreciation to Dr. Hajo Sani, OON, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO “who has also shown commitment in projecting the potential of Nigeria.”
The Director – General of UNESCO, Ms.Audrey Azoulay while delivering her remarks, said that “Women must also show solidarity and support to the younger generation in the areas of education, women science and women development.” “I am delighted to see women of different colours, in different uniforms and in smiling mood, to make women agenda of emancipation come true; we need another dimension – We must support women education, women in science and women development.” She continued “Adolescent girls must be taken out of exploitation and different agenda that we don’t know. Women need to help one another.”
While speaking earlier, Dr. Hajo Sani, OON, Ambassador, the Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO remarked that the willingness of UNESCO to integrate gender into activities that has to do with the environment, while the United Nations’ Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Comfort Lamptey expressed happiness to learn that the agenda of UNESCO was on gender. She stated that her Agency was looking forward to partner with UNESCO.
The interactive session had in attendance dignitaries, various women groups and development partners. The high point was the presentation of gifts to the DG of UNESCO and featured cultural display.