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Cross River: FIDA Nigeria advocates for Gender Responsive Budgeting through Trained Civil Society Organisations


By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Nigeria with the support of UNWomen under the auspices of her spotlight initiative project on the 17th of June 2022, has advocated for more budgetary allocations on Gender sensitive and related issues towards countering the menace.

This call was made at a capacity building workshop held for 33 women rights/led Organisations on Gender Responsive Budgeting in Cross river State, South South Nigeria.

The training had representatives from grassroots women rights/led organization, women rights advocates, and civil society activists.

Mrs Rita Lasoju, Program Officer, FIDA Nigeria facilitated this training and espoused participants on relevant gender issues and budgetary appropriations within the last three years in countering Gender Based Violence in the State.

Through this training, civil society actors acquired good knowledge of gender responsive budgeting concepts and advocacy tools for mainstreaming same across various sectors in the state importance as it relates and protects their interests at the grass root and allow for inclusion and equal participation in socio-economic/development within the community and state.

The trained advocates further expressed commitments to stepping down the knowledge gained and mobilize other women groups, networks, associations, disability groups etc in advocacy to demand inclusion, mainstream gender needs in 2023 Cross river state budget and demand accountability from the relevant state actors thus mitigating Gender Based Prevalence in their local communities, state and Nation.

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