Gender Policy Unit Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria came into partnership with the Women Connect Initiative in order to carry out an Advocacy campaign for Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) in Kudan Local government area of Kaduna state.

The advocacy campaign is tagged: Advocacy for Compulsory Technical and Vocational Education for Rural Women (ACTIVE4RURAL WOMEN). As captured by the tittle, the advocacy campaign is targeted at rural women in view of arming them with vocational and technical skills to champion the fight against hunger and poverty.

Professor Binta Abdulkarim stated in her remarks that ‘The rural woman is left with little or no options for means of survival order than farming. This advocacy campaign will bring focus and necessary attention to the rural woman, the need to equip her with requisite skills such that she could source alternative means of livelihood and support the raising of her family’.

The advocacy campaign seeks for the establishment of a Bye-Law by the leadership of Kudan making TVE compulsory for all women ages 16-40. And the advocacy is supposed to run for the period of 12 months commencing this September 2019.

Special thanks go to Rise Up the official sponsors and also the leadership of Women Connect Initiative and Gender Policy Unit, for permitting their researchers to be part of this laudable exercise. The meeting held on Wednesday the 21st August, 2019 at the Co-ordinators’ office, Gender Policy Unit, ABU Zaria.

Del, on this visit is also here in partnership with the Malali Rotary Club Kaduna, ABUTH Zaria and St. Gérard’s hospital Kaduna to select Doctors, nurses and mid-wives for a 1 week training on the birthing process in Iowa, USA this August. The Rotary project is meant to reduce the maternal mortality rate in northern Nigeria.

Below are pictures from the event:

wci-1 Prof. Binta Abdulkarim (Co-ordinator GPU) during her key note address
wci-1 Prof. Binta Abdulkarim penning her signature on the MoU
wci-1 Murjanatu Suleiman Suleiman-Shika (Founder of Women Connect Initiative WCI) also penning her signature on the MoU
wci-1 The official handing of the MoU
wci-1 Key signatories of the MoU (starting from the left Timothy Elisha, Mujanatu Sulieman-Shika, Prof. Binta Abdulkarim and Dr. Victor Osae Ihidero
wci-1 Heads of Gender Policy Unit and Women Connect Initiative
wci-1 Staff and Researchers of Gender Policy Unit and Women Connect Intiative