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We’re Committed To Promoting Gender Equality – Kogi L-PRES

...Trains Staff On  PSEA, Gender Based Violence

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In a bid to promote gender equality, Kogi State Coordinating Office of Livestock Productivity & Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) on Wednesday trained its staff on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment as well as Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The training held in Lokoja which is for staff of Project Implementation Unit of Kogi L-PRES is a demonstration of the commitment of the Project to carrying women along in the implementation process of the project.

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The State Project Coordinator of L- PRES, Dr. Olufemi Bolarin, while declaring the ceremony open, said the training was in line with the “World Bank norms and values of equal rights,  opportunities, non-discrimination  and fair play to all.

Dr. Bolarin noted that any abuse on woman is an abuse on humanity and stressed the need for collaborative effort to tackle Gender Based Violence.

Kogi L-PRES Project Implementation Unit

According to him, the role of women in nation building and socioeconomic development cannot be overemphasized, hence the need to carry them along in the plan to boost livestock production in the State.

He also stated that women are critical stakeholders in livestock business, urging Kogi women to embrace the project to enhance food security in the country and the State in particular.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Hajiya Lami Zaratu Lawal, commended Kogi L-PRES for the proactive steps taken to implement the Project in the State.

On her part, the National Gender Based Specialist of L-PRES, Mariam Ademu said World Bank has zero tolerance for gender Based Violence, saying the training was to equip the Project Implementation Unit with the challenge of gender inequality.

In her presentation, the  Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Network, Ms. Eunice Agbogun said Lack of access to land, cultural norms and social barriers among others are inimical to women participation in livestock farming, adding that empowering of women is key to reducing Gender based Violence in Nigeria.

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