Abuja, Nigeria, March 10th 2020 – At the fifth anniversary of The Osasu Show (TOS) and its foundation held on Tuesday, March 10th 2020, The Osasu Show Foundation launched its Women and Girls Empowerment (W&GE) program which aims to close the persistent gender equality gaps in the society.
The Osasu Show Foundation (TOSF) is a non-governmental organization created for the sole purpose of solving a social problem in a financially self-sustainable way. TOS Foundation with RC No. 91990, has a vision to be a globally renowned non-governmental organization, which promotes and provides access to equal opportunities, a socio-economic active youth population, where poverty can be overcomed and every child have access to quality education.
The Osasu Show Foundation has recently launched the Women and Girls Empowerment program (W&GE) which works to support the implementation of activities that achieve SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 16.
There are five thematic areas which includes: Women’s Political Participation and Leadership: increasing women’s representation in appointive and elective positions, while ensuring more women actively participate in intra-party activities; Girl Child Education: reducing the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria by ensuring access to free, quality, and safe education; Maternal Health: reducing the rate of maternal mortality and morbidity by increasing access to quality and affordable healthcare services through political commitment to increase the budgetary allocation for health to 15% at Federal, State, Local Government levels.
Others are; Violence Against Women and Girls: reducing the number of women and girls that suffer violence from the same and the opposite sex due to gender discrimination; and Child Marriage: reducing the rate of child marriage in areas across the country where the practice is prevalent by embarking on extensive advocacy in the affected regions, targeting both government and people in communities, and highlighting the attendant negative effects.
In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Bolaji Abdullahi, Senior Special Advisor to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, Country Director on Amnesty International, Osai Ojigho, Chief Executive of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, Representatives for UN Women, CDD, UNODC, Mercy Corps, Action Aid, Women in Politics Forum, European Centre for Electoral Support, and many more.
At the event, which also marks the International Women’s Day 2020, CODE’s Chief Executive, Hamzat Lawal, called for the inclusion of women in decision-making processes. According to him, inequality hinders the possibility to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in Nigeria. This is why Each for Equal is a responsibility of everyone.
In line with The Osasu Show Foundation’s W&GE initiative, Lawal urged the Federal Government to make laws, policies and funding that will help to advance women’s rights and economic empowerment, as The Osasu Show Foundation is doing.