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Women and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria: From rhetorics to action Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Amaka for Kids, Nigeria Feb 16, 2007
Human Rights , Poverty , Maternal Health & Child Mortality   Opinions


GDI is used to monitor the impact of fiscal policy on women and men in holding governments accountable for their budget. There is some initiative in this direction in Nigeria by CDD, Shelter Rights and UNIFEM towards genderizing national and State budgets. We need to vigorously pursue this and ensure active involvement of NLC and other Women’s groups for effective accountability of governments and businesses to women.
There is need for the Gender Sensitive Budget Initiative to run concurrently with women’s empowerment programme.
The Beijing Declaration adopted four major strategic objectives to address poverty of women worldwide and I consider them relevant within the Nigeria context, hence its tabulation here. It places tripartite obligations on governments, financial institutions, bilateral development cooperation and National and International NGOs and Women’s groups.
• To Review, adopt and maintain macroeconomic policies and development strategies that address the needs and efforts of women in poverty.
• To Review laws and administrative practices to ensure women’s equal rights and access to economic resources.
• To provide women with access to savings and credit mechanisms and institutions.
• To develop gender-based methodologies and conduct research to address the feminizing of poverty.

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