Int’l Women’s Day: Special Scholarship for Women and Girls studying Medical and Education courses advocated.
By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
Panelists at a town hall meeting in State have urged government at all levels to establish a Special Scholarship scheme for Women and Girls studying Medical and Education related courses towards overcoming gender barriers.
They made the call at a Stakeholders engagement and townhall meeting with Women groups in commemoration of this year’s Women’s Day celebration organised by USAID Breakthrough Action Nigeria BAN held at Dass Emir’s palace.
One of them and Emir of Dass Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman said the ratio between males and females in health and education sector is wide, hence the need for special intervention to encourage women to study courses related to the sectors to guarantee their well-being.
Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman who acknowledged the challenges faced by women in aspects of health care services to include VVF, Maternal and Child Health as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence, underscored the need for government to take proactive measures to arrest the situation.
Also Speaking, Chief Magistrate Shafa’u Ladan called for adequate representation of women in all aspects of governance especially in education and health to enable them contribute towards their socioeconomic wellbeing.
Another Panelist, the Acting National Chairman Council of Ulama who is also the Chief Imam Ashabul Kahfi Juma’at mosque Kandahar Bauchi Sheikh Danazumi Tafawa Balewa stressed the need for collaborative effort between government, traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders towards sensitising people on health and religious knowledge so as to overcome the challenges facing women in the society.
In separate remarks, a member of the State Social and Behaviour Change Advocacy Core Group Malama Zainab Garba and Secretary Dot Women Empowerment Group Hajiya Atika Yau advised women to form village loans and savings groups to support themselves and their families.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, the Convener of the event and Bauchi State Project Coordinator USAID Breakthrough Action Nigeria BAN Malam Usman Muhammad said the event organised to commemorate International Women’s Day was conceived due to limited mobility surrounding women issues and unequal agency on health decision making.
Usman Muhammad said a sub theme of Zero tolerance for gender based violence was adopted for the celebration so as to bring forth the barriers denying women the opportunity to partake in governance and decision making process.
The event had in attendance women groups to include FOMWAN as well as traditional and religious leaders.