The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, has established a Gender Unity Desk to further enhance the capacity of women entrepreneurs in the country.
Mrs Kwaru David Madziga, Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer SMEDAN disclosed this lin Abuja during a conference organised by the African School of Economics to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day.
Madziga said various intervention programmes had also been put in place towards assisting women in sourcing for resources that would boost their entrepreneurship productivity for national economic development.
Speaking on the theme of the conference “Embrace Equity: Cracking The Code”, the Director of Communications, African School of Economics, Mr Obinna Obiwulu stressed the need for gender equality inorder to ensure a better society for all, even as he expressed concern over the low involvement and participation of women on issues of governance and policy formulation.
He said the African School of Economics was collaborating with necessary stakeholders on programmes that would enable women attain their pride of place and realise their potentials in their various endeavours towards contributing to national economic development.
According to him, “the task of repositioning the country for greatness requires the support of women, hence the need for them to take advantage of government’s available intervention programmes to be self-reliant.”
The National President of African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme, AWEP, Mrs Oluyemisi Ogundipe advised women entrepreneurs not to be discouraged in their business endeavour as AWEP is committed to programmes that would improve their day to day business activities.
Mrs Ogundipe also emphasised the need for policy that would address gender inequality and encourage women to contribute their quota to the progress and development of the society.
Others at the conference called on government at all levels to redouble their efforts on policy formulation as regards gender equality most especially on girl child education and women empowerment.