The Heads of States at the 33rd assembly of the African Union which held feb 9th 2020 declared 2020-2030 as the Decade of African Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion.
In this declaration, African leaders recommitted to scale up actions for the progressive gender inclusion towards sustainable development at the national, regional and continental levels.
AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria recognizes Nigeria’s performance in the previous two decades: Year 2000 to 2010:African Union Decade of Gender Equality and Grassroots Mobilisation;
Year 2011 to 2020: African Union’s Decade of Women Engagement and Empowerment .
According to Dr Tunji Asaolu, The country Representative and chairperson African Union ECOSOCC Nigeria, This informed the need for this partnership.
support from the AU System will enhance the efforts of organizations to address the below average performance, challenges and chances for Nigerian Women and Girl Child to contribute to Nigeria’s development.
In view of this he strongly believes that the African Union ECOSOCC can leverage on its determination to see women mainstreamed across all sectors especially at the community level and also participate in the economic and governance structure in Nigeria.
Thereby aiding policy literacy within this sector to enable the women make informed decisions.
In this regard, Dr. Rhoda Makinde Initiative (DROMI), committment to the improvement and well being of the Nigerian women across all sectors especially within the agricultural sector and its value chain is most significant towards creating an enabling environment that empower’s women to influence economic and political decisions in Nigeria.
It’s indeed to this effect that agriculture is seen as an effective and a deliberate sector towards empowering women, aiding inclusive growth and food security at the rural level.
The Head women and gender affairs Cluster committee Adaora Onyechere added that African Union Ecosocc is indeed excited and considers this as one step in the right direction towards women’s financial inclusion in the economic strata as women make up the food production population of our country.
Stakeholders, partners, Representatives of the federal ministry of women affairs, heads of other cluster committees with their deputies were also present at the signing of the MOU.