Minister applauds centre for promoting women empowerment, gender equality
By Tony Emele
The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Ohaneye, has awarded a national medal to the Development Research and Projects Centre for its exceptional contribution to the development and launch of the women’s economic empowerment policy, and for its support to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.
The award ceremony, which was held in Calabar, Cross River state was also meant to recognise the centre for its unwavering commitment to advancing gender equality in Nigeria.
In a statement released by the group, the minister said the organisation’s efforts have impacted women’s economic empowerment in Nigeria, through their collaborative work with the ministry.
In his acceptance speech, the DRPC’s Director of Projects, Dr. Stanley Ukpai, who represented the Executive Director, Dr. Judith-Ann Walker, said women’s empowerment has become a crucial agenda in Nigeria’s development landscape.
He added that recognising the potential and talent of Nigerian women entrepreneurs, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, alongside its partners, initiated the women’s economic empowerment policy to provide a comprehensive framework for their economic advancement.
According to him, this policy aims at promoting gender-inclusive economic growth and fostering an enabling environment for women-owned businesses to thrive.