Covid-19: UN Women donates N38.4m for palliatives to vulnerable, indigent women in 14 states
The United Nations has donated over 38million Naira for palliatives targeted at vulnerable and indigent women across 14 states to cushion the hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Comfort Lamptey disclosed this in Abuja while presenting a cheque for the procurement of the palliatives for women through the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.
MS. Lamptey said the donation was to reaffirm their support to Nigeria government’s response to women and girls, who are most affected by the pandemic due to their responsibility of caring and providing for households including sick relatives.
” This support will meet the immediate needs of 12,600 vulnerable women and girls by increasing food security and access to hygiene, both of which will reduce their exposure to the virus and support their survival lockdown directives.”
On Gender Based Violence(GBV), the UNWomen representative decried the increasing cases recorded during the lockdown, calling on all stakeholders to bring an end to it.
“Front-line services in Lagos reported a 300per cent inrease in GBV casesfrom March to April and in the FCT, there has been a reported 520 per cent increase amid lockdown and other social measures pit in place.”
On her part, Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen stressed the need for stakeholders to ensure safety of women and girls, as well as report incidences of violence to the appropriate authorities.
Mrs. Tallen reiterated the commitment of the government in prioritising the welfare of women and children, particularly as the Covid-19 pandemic ravages the world.
She expressed appreciation to the UNWomen for their supports, adding that more states,apart from the 12 selected in the the exercise would also benefits from other palliative supports.
The Minister, while applealing to well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to continue to support government efforts towards curtailing the spread of the pandemic, urged them to provide palliatives to the needy in the society.