Kenyan Court Declares Being Housewife a Full-time Payable Job

A Kenyan High Court judge, Teresia Matheka has declared that being a housewife is a full-time job that should attract some form of compensation, according to a report by TopNaija.

A housewife is a woman whose work is running or managing her family’s home—caring for her children; buying, cooking, and storing food for the family; buying goods that the family needs for everyday.

The judge who was presiding over a matrimonial property dispute, said that it is unfair for courts to rule that housewives do not contribute anything to the financial progress of the family.

The complainant is said to be a divorced lady who sought to have their family property sold and the money shared equally between her and her ex-husband.

The Judge stated that housewives should not say they don’t work since they provide services in the home that are otherwise outsourced and paid for. She added that it is unfair to only rely on seen income and the mindset that one has to contribute money to the marriage to find value.

Matheka said; “It is easy for the spouse working away from home and sending money to lay claim to the whole property purchased and developed with that money by the spouse staying at home and taking care of the children and the family. That spouse will be heard to say that the other one was not employed so they contributed nothing.

“Raising children is a full-time job that families pay a person to do. Cooking and cleaning as well. Hence, for a woman in employment who has to balance childbearing and rearing this contribution must be considered.”

The judge also urged her counterparts to consider the 9 months of pregnancy when presiding over cases of matrimonial disputes. She opined that carrying a pregnancy is equivalent to working, noting that some couples have lately resorted to hiring surrogate mothers to bear children for them.

Passing judgement on the case brought before her, Matheka ruled that the property be sold and money shared equally, or one of the spouses buy out the other party by paying half the value of the property that the party is entitled to.

​Why I resigned as secretary to become shoemaker in Abuja – Amaka

A 26 year-old Miss Sophia Amaka, quit her job as a secretary to become a shoe maker, to satisfy her passion for making shoes.

Amaka said that she took the bold step to quit her job as a secretary in 2016, to venture into shoe making business, because she wanted to be unique.

According to her, shoe making gives me more time and pays more than anyone can pay me.

“I ventured into this business because I want to be unique and different from what any woman is doing.”

She added that her siblings laughed at her when she informed them of her plan.

“Didn’t you see another thing to do apart from shoe making, you want to disgrace the family?” they asked her.

Miss Amaka enjoying her newly found occupation, shoemaking

She said a lot of people encouraged her to follow her passion and no one so far had looked down on her.

“I saw how shoes were made for the first time in Redeemed Christian Church of God, Kubwa, Abuja.

“This was at their annual entrepreneurship conference in 2016.

“My biggest achievement so far is my customer’s feedback, I make slippers and repair already made shoes for both men and women.

“Making slippers and repairing already made shoes gives me strength,” she said.

She said she preferred to be a shoemaker, because one day her small shop would turn out to become an empire.

She, however, disclosed that she had two apprentices, who had trained and were already making sandals for clients.

Amaka, who called on young girls to dare to be different, said she wanted them to come to her for training on shoe making.

“Follow your heart, no matter the situation don’t listen to anyone, just follow your mind’.

She said that passion for what one does was very important, adding that it was what kept her going.

“My passion is my strength, I still intend to go for further training, so that I can be the best.

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​MHD 2021: FG launches menstrual pad bank for emergency situations

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs, on Friday unveiled the menstrual pad bank to carter for the needs of women and girls during their monthly menstruation period in emergency situations.

The Minister, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said at the launching in Abuja that the programme was part of activities to mark the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day.

The day, with a theme, “We need to Step Up Action and Investment in Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management (MHHM) Now”, is aimed at making sanitary pads available at all times for emergency use.

“A Pad Bank is today instituted in the Ministry and it will serve as a model for all Public Institutions, including ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs),Hotels, Banks and indeed even in supermarkets and open markets.

“This is to enable girls’ anywhere and everywhere to have access to pad in times of emergencies, when suddenly they experience their monthly flow which can come at any point in time without warning,” she said.

According to her, the ministry had set up a committee at the MHHM to ensure that adolescent girls and women of reproductive age are able to manage their menstrual cycle with dignity.

While calling on stakeholders to replicate the gesture by establishing menstrual pad bank in their facilities, Tallen said menstrual items will be donated to schools around the six Area Councils of the FCT and other states across the federation with support from partners.

Also, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Anyhonia Ekpa, stressed the need to promote good menstrual health and hygiene management and break stigmas that exist around young girls and women during their menstrual cycle.

Comfort Lamptey, the UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, stressed the need for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities, particularly in schools, to eliminate reasons girls don’t attend schools during their monthly period.

Lamptey called for increased funding of the ministry of women affairs to enable it achieve its mandates on women and children issues.

Sharon Oladiji, Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF, charged parents and the media on communicating with children and public on appropriate information on menstrual hygiene, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and rights.

Similarly, Raquel Daniel, a Consultant, urged parents to build their children’s knowledge on menstrual hygiene to enable them get information from reliable sources.

Speaking on behalf on Women in Area one Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDPs) camp, Miss Fatima Mohammed, decried the lack of access to sanitary items, especially water and pads during their monthly period.

According to her, most of the women resort to using their head-scarfs or old clothes as sanitary pad.

She, however, expressed appreciation to the ministry and other partners that donated sanitary pads to them.

Mohammed said the exercise would provide them with alternative materials used during their menstrual period.

She said it will also enable them to take care of their personal hygiene, and control their mobility.
Source: vanguard

​CAMAC, Newsweb Express Partners, Donates Sanitary Pads to 100 Vulnerable, Girls in Kaduna

By Habila Victor, Kaduna

Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) in partnership with Newsweb Express, have distributed free sanitary pads to 100 girls in Kaduna State, to commemorate the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day.

100 girls in Abakwa Community in Kaduna North and Government Secondary, Ungwan Boro in Chikun Local Government Areas benefited from the gesture by the NGO.

Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje, said the free distribution of sanitary materials to young girls in Kaduna State, especially to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable girls is a continuation of a campaign they launched in 2020.

“As an organization, CAMAC believes that providing women and girls in Kaduna schools and communities with free sanitary pads will not only improve their healthcare, menstrual hygiene, fuel sustainable economies that will benefit societies, but it will also boost their confidence and comfort within and outside the community. 

“We believe that hygiene process is not only to be taken by the girl or woman alone, but also by the society through the provision of a friendly menstrual environment. He noted.

Uangbaoje, who was represented by CAMAC’s Education Coordinator, Milla Michael, further said “we also believe that to get optimum performance of women and girls, they should be given free access to sanitary pad. Condoms are free and affordable, sanitary pad should be made free and accessible for girls, because menstruation is compulsory but sex is a matter of choice”.

He disclosed that this year CAMAC got funding support from Newsweb Express, an online Newspaper to purchase the sanitary pads and other logistics for the project for one hundred girls in one community and one secondary school in Kaduna.

The Executive Director added that it started a campaign for period friendly facilities in 2020 which was launched in Kaduna.

Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated 28 May every year to create awareness and highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. This year’s theme is “Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.”

In her remarks, the Women Leader of Abakwa Community, Zulaihat Muhammed Bello, who expressed delight about what she called “huge contribution” by CAMAC, said “such opportunities are rare, we appreciate them for recognizing our community as one of the beneficiaries.”

According to her only NGOs such as CAMAC who have dedicated their resources for service to humanity can make such donations.

She called on Government to budget specially for menstrual hygiene, stressing that it would save women, especially the vulnerable and rural ones of some diseases.

The Principal of GSS Ungwan Boro, Mrs Jonah Gandu, thanked CAMAC, for choosing her school as one of the beneficiaries of the project, saying “I am glad you chose us to be part of this and I pray that God use your organization to do greater things.”

On her part, Asmau Tanimu, 17, said most girls within the age range of 13 -20 years lacks knowledge of menstrual hygiene, saying more needs to be done to help vulnerable girls and women in the society.

Asmau expressed her gratitude to CAMAC over such a sensitisation program and the donation of free sanitry pads to the vulnerable girls and women in Abakpa Community.

While thanking the NGO for her contribution to the safety and healthy living of women and children, another beneficiary, Hassana Abdullahi advised women to avoid usage of clothes during menstrual period, describing it as dangerous to their health.

She stressed that the distribution of free sanitary pads by CAMAC should be emulated by more NGOs and the government at state and federal levels.

CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focus on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problem. As well as creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the above areas.

Children’s Day: UNICEF Tasks Government on Rights Protection in Face of Inequality, Poverty, Pandemic


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called on Nigerian government at all levels to protect the rights of children to education and health in the face of growing poverty, inequality and pandemic.

UNICEF, in a statement to commemorate the 2021 children’s day, expressed concerns over the effects of Covid-19 on the children, describing it as a child rights crisis in Nigeria and the world at large.

UNICEF’s Country Director, Peter Hawkins, noted that poverty is rising, inequality is growing, and the pandemic has often disrupted the essential services that secure the health, education and protection of children and young people in the country.

He said the 2021 Children’s day comes at a challenging moment for child rights  with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening gains made for children’s development.

“It has been a challenging year for us all with the COVID-19 pandemic – not least of all, Nigeria’s children – and I want to commend efforts at all levels of Nigerian government and society to protect education, health, and protection services in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children.

“The longer the pandemic goes on, the more intense the impact on women and children. On this Nigerian Children’s Day, let us all agree that we cannot let one crisis compound another.

“The pandemic is threatening decades of progress we have made for children. Violence is perpetrated against one in four Nigerian children – and one in three Nigerian girls are sexually abused. This has only increased during the pandemic. Today of all days, we must commit to reinforce the protection mechanisms for all children”, Hawkins noted.

The UNICEF Director revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic has helped the people learned that education takes place not only in schools, noting that children can and should learn both in and out of school.

Mr Hawkins stated Nigerian children are resilient, talented and aspire to do great things, charging parents and government with the responsibility to give them the platform and encouragement to do that.

The statement reads; “We know that protecting children and investing in women and families is not only the right thing to do – it has proven to be a sound economic choice and a cost-effective tool for national development.

“As we celebrate our children today, we must act in their best interests and deploy innovative solutions to fast-track learning and health services to build back better, for every Nigerian child.”

Constitution Review: Women Coalition Advocates Gender Equality, Equity

By Victor Habila, Kaduna

Coalition of women leaders in Kaduna state has called for equal representation of women at both Federal and state levels.

The coalition expressed dismay over the 1999 constitution, saying it has not improved the level of inclusion of women at all levels as the proportion of women in both elective and appointive positions has remained low.

The group made the declaration in their position paper to the North West zonal public hearing of the 1999 constitution review ongoing in Kaduna, presented by Jemilat Abidoye, a member of the coalition, during a Press Briefing in Kaduna which was in collaboration with United Nations (UN).

Abidoye said women should enjoy the same status as men, so that they can fully realize their human rights and have a meaningful impact on the society, adding that the Constitution does not adequately afford women the opportunity.

In her words; “It is no longer news that not much has been achieved to improve women’s participation and gender equality in leadership and decision-making positions despite a formal support for it through the National Gender Policy (2006) which recommends a benchmark of 35 percent in all sectors.
“We the People,” represent all Nigerians and recognizing that gender equality is a human right, as emphasized in the global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5”.

“Women need to be fully represented in the Constitution, first by recognizing the use of gender-neutral and sensitive language in our Constitution. Masculine languages are gender-biased and undermine women and girls’ political participation, which further hinders inclusive governance in Nigeria. A Nigerian Constitution should correct these male-dominant narratives in legal drafting”.

The women, however, recommended that the ongoing constitutional review should ensure gender-neutral and sensitive language in our Constitution.

According to Abidoye, masculine languages are gender-biased and undermine women and girls’ political participation, which further hinders inclusive governance in Nigeria

She reiterated that the Constitution should also actualize equitable women representation in government, through at least 35% women representation in appointive offices at the Federal and State levels.

The women leaders coalition also proposed that the Constitutional review define Gender as a benchmark for Federal Character, explaining that the Constitution has already created the Federal Character as an Affirmative Action Mechanism that ensures the representation of margainalized groups in the country.

The texts reads; “Create additional special seats for women in the Federal and State Legislative Houses:
(a) In Senate: one seat for a woman from the 36 states and the Federal Capital

“(b) In the House of Representatives: two seats for women from the 36 states and the Federal Capital

“(c) In the States’ House of Assembly: one seat from each of the three senatorial districts.

“In addition to these Constitutional provisions, the National Gender Policy was also intended to increase the number of women in political office, party organs, and public life by setting a goal of 35 percent affirmative action to support women in all elected and appointed positions by 2015. But our current reality in 2021, is that women’s political representation is still below 10 percent. It is no longer news that women in Nigeria are yet to benefit from these provisions”, the group noted.

​Women rights activists seek end to gender inequality

Women and girls’ rights advocates have called for a total end to gender inequality in the country, tasking authorities to put in place stringent measures that will facilitate the eradication of gender-based violence.

The activists who also decried poor women representation in appointed and elected offices urged the National Assembly to enact a law that will compel the percentage of women representation in such offices at both federal, state and local levels.

They spoke at a two-day capacity strengthening workshop for networks and coalitions to monitor and demand accountability on gender-based violence, organised by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, WARDC in collaboration with European Union, EU and United Nations Spotlight Initiative, held in Abuja.

The Executive Director of WARDC, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, speaking at the occasion regretted that the issues of Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), Harmful Practices (HP) and the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) have become very prevalent in the country, noting that ” lack of access to SRHR by women is a major issue in this clime.”

“Research has shown that one in three women have experienced one form of SGBV or the other hence the need to push for reforms that would eliminate all forms of discrimination against women,” she said.

Explaining that, “The activity is implemented under the spotlight initiative, a global multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030”, she said: “The interventions focus on mutually reinforcing pillars.”

” WARDC is implementing pillar six in Lagos and FCT which focuses on promoting an empowered civil society and autonomous women’s movement,” she said.

According to her, “The Capacity Strengthening For Networks/Coalitions To Monitor And Demand Accountability is designed to support the capacity of existing networks/coalitions of women’s organizations that have been identified as key game-changers to monitor and demand accountability of Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs) to ensure sustainable prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Harmful Practices (HP) and the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).”

Besides, she said it was aimed at strengthening “collaboration among networks/coalitions of women’s organizations to build strong and sustainable movements that will monitor and demand accountability of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.”

“You have been identified as key change-makers, we therefore in your capacity to mobilize other women to demand and institute transformational change in your communities,” she told participants, adding: “We, therefore, urge you all to leverage on the knowledge that you will acquire from this training to sustainably push for prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Harmful Practices (HP) and the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).”

Also speaking at the occasion, Evelyn Terundu Ugbe, Head of Program, WARDC, explained that the capacity sees strengthening workshop was aimed at looking into sexual and gender-based violence and gender inequality.

She added that the event was aimed at strengthening government and institutions to ensure that policymakers were better informed to ensure that ministries become more gender-responsive in their approaches.

“We need to educate the communities through you. You are closer to the communities, so with the knowledge, you will acquire from here, you can educate members of the communities-women, men, boys and girls on how to end gender-based violence,” she told participants.

On her part, Dr Hauwa Shekarau, President and Founder, Women Law and Development Africa, called for an end to women marginalisation in both appointed and elected offices just as she said obnoxious laws that tend to inhibit women rights to compete with their male counterparts be abolished through constitutional processes.

Dr Shekarau, who is also the Chairman of, Nigeria Bar Association, Abuja Branch, said her organisation has given women “training that they shouldn’t allow anybody to marginalize them during the election because they don’t know that it’s their right.”

“We told them that they should make sure that they come out and vote whom they want when it comes to election and voting. We sensitized their husbands to allow them to come out to vote when it comes to election time.

She, however, hailed the National Assembly for considering gender party a priority in the ongoing constitutional amendment.

” I am excited that the National Assembly is today talking about the need for gender parity. Even as they are working towards constitutional amendment, gender parity is one issue that is topmost on their agenda”, she said.

International Women’s Day: Niger Gov lauds Role of Women in Nation Building

By Habila Victor

Niger State Governor and Chairman North Central Governors Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello says Nigeria’s socioeconomic and political development is unattainable without the full contribution and participation of women in governance.

The Governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Mary Noel Berje noted that, as the foundation of human development, women possess the pedigree and wherewithal to be in the forefront to put this country in the right trajectory of growth and development without bias or sentiment.

Governor Sani Bello, who joined the rest of the world to mark the year 2021, International Women’s Day, said women are more resilient, hardworking, less corrupt and truthful in handling issues of public service in the overall interest of everyone.

The Governor admitted that there is the need to give women more opportunities to hold elective and appointed political offices in the country in line with the Women empowerment affirmation protocol and the Geneva Convention of 1977.

He stated that, although they are falsely regarded as the ‘weaker sex’, women are physiologically and mentally stronger than men stressing that they must be accorded special respect and protected against all forms of societal vices.and discrimination.

The Governor disclosed that, since assumption of office in 2015, and for the second term in 2019, his administration has given greater representation to the womenfolk by appointing them into top public offices and engaged several others in various empowerment programmes that have made most of them self reliant and independent.

“In respect to women participation in governance, we’ll say our administration has scored a lot of firsts. We have four women appointed as Commissioners, the first woman Head of Service and the Chief Press Secretary as well as many Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants respectively”.

He said his administration has shown fairness in the political equation of the state and assured of his resolve to encourage more women as a demonstration of its commitment to good governance and gender sensitivity.

While congratulating the Women on this occasion, Governor Sani Bello urged them not despair but remain resolute and continue to offer their selfless services, individually and collectively, for the overall development of the state.

​UNICEF worries over another attack on Jangebe Girls Secondary School

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, on Friday expressed worry over reports of an overnight attack at the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, where an unconfirmed number of schoolgirls were kidnapped.

In a Press Statement, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said: “UNICEF is angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria.

“This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a horrific experience for children to go through – one which could have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being. We utterly condemn the attack and call on those responsible to release the girls immediately and for the government to take steps to ensure their safe release and the safety of all other schoolchildren in Nigeria.

“Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times – and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning,”

Peter Hawkins added that “UNICEF acknowledges efforts being made by the Government of Nigeria to secure the release of kidnapped schoolchildren in Nigeria and calls on the government and all concerned to make schools safe in Nigeria.”

The school attack comes just over a week after a similar attack in Niger State on a school for boys. UNICEF is working with partners to confirm the exact number of kidnapped students, currently estimated to be more than 300.

Covid-19 Response: Women Coalition Gets Traditional Rulers Support in Kaduna


The Coalition of women for Covid 19 Response in Kaduna State, on Thursday got the nod of traditional rulers in Kaduna State as they plan to respond to the second wave of Covid-19.

The group on Monday met with the Bunu Zazzau, Hakimi Doka, Alhaji Muhammad Tijhani, who assured them of the traditional institution’s support to achieve their objective.

According to the traditional ruler, “you can count on us for your support, we will continue to partner you and the government in ensuring we get that the right development in our state.

“Am glad we have a government who understand what development is and they are doing their best. Am delighted to have you here and I know whenever there is any development issues I will be your first point of call because we have worked together in many platforms. Any time you come knocking, our doors are always open for you.”

The coalition is a United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in partnership with the UK Government Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office project on Strengthening state capacities and women’s participation in COVID response and broader peace building initiatives in Nigeria.

The programme is being funded by the UK Government, and is being implemented in Bauchi, Plateau and Kaduna State.

It is aimed at advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda and addressing key gender issues in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, by supporting state governments to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) and enhance women’s participation in leadership and decision-making.

Convener of the group and a Consultant with the UN Women, Dr Lydia Umar, who led members to the group to meet the traditional rulers, said their overall objective is to support Government efforts in preventing the spread of covid 19 and its impact.

“To bring women from government, business and civil society under a collaborative platform for greater synergy in responding to covid 19. The Covid 19 has had several effects on all aspects of human life, disrupting normal functioning of all people especially the lockdown.

“The Coalition of 30 women members in kaduna was formed on 3rd February, 2021 supported by the UN Women to specifically respond to the new wave of Covid 19, help curtail its spread and mitigate its impact.

“Kaduna State Government has done so much that is exemplary and deserves commendation: the impressive representation of women on its State Executive Council (7 out of 14) 50%.

“And Covid-19 Task Force not less than 6, headed by HE the Deputy Governor, timely and proactive lockdown, public enlightenment on Covid-19 protocol, distribution of Palliatives and the building of a befitting isolation center.

“However more needs to be done to strengthen collaboration with women leaders in civil society and the private sector to ensure the needs and concerns of women and girls are adequately reflected in all Covid-19 prevention, response and recovery initiatives.

“Collaboration between Government and these women will ensure that economic recovery plans target the most vulnerable groups of women and girls.” Dr. Lydia, explained