The permanent-secretary, federal ministry of women affairs, Mrs. Ifeoma Anagbogu has called on the National Council on Women Affairs to proffer post COVID-19 workable strategy to address the plight of women and children.
In a statement signed by Shehu Maikai, director press in the ministry, the permanent-secretary made the statement in a welcome remark at the technical session of the 20th council on women affairs which took place at the ministry’s headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday August 12, 2020.
The meeting which was conducted on the zoom platform had representatives from most states of the federation and the FCT who participated via teleconference.
The permanent-secretary said the meeting was conducted on zoom because of coronavirus lockdown.
She urged the stakeholders to come up with strategies to tackle the post COVID-19 concerns as they affect women and children.
The permanent-secretary thanked the government and people of Ondo State for hosting the 19th National Council on Women Affairs in Akure.
She said the government of Akwa Ibom State had approved the hosting of the 20th National Council on Women Affairs but this was not to be because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mrs. Ifeoma Anagbogu said that the theme for the 20th council “Gender Based Violence: A shadow in pandemic and a call to an end” is significant at this time given the ravaging COVID-19 which has constituted a great threat to the socio economic development of Nigeria.
She pointed out that the women and children are more adversely affected by the economy and social activities turn down occassioned by the pandemic.
During the lockdown, many girl children and women were raped some women lost their sources of livelihood and self dignity while others were completely displaced, she said.
Anagbogu called on participants to come-up with workable program and solutions to solve the post COVID-19 pandemic era.