Empowerment Of Women Will Help Reduce Poverty, Other Problems In Nigeria, Group Says


SheCan Nigeria, an organization focused on social impact, emphasizes the importance of investing in women’s empowerment to address poverty, gender inequality, and other critical issues in Nigeria. Founder Ezinne Ezeani highlights the potential impact of empowering women through education, relevant skill acquisition, and exposure to leadership dynamics. She believes that by providing support and opportunities, Nigerian women can contribute significantly to national development.

Despite comprising nearly half of Nigeria’s population, women face discrimination in various forms due to their gender. Studies, including a 2016 report by the United Nations Development Program, underscore Nigeria’s high levels of gender inequality in human development outcomes. In response, the World Bank approved a $500 million investment in June 2023 to enhance the livelihoods of women across Nigeria through the Nigeria for Women Program Scale Up. This initiative aims to improve economic opportunities, education, health, and nutrition outcomes for women and their families.

Ezeani expresses optimism about the upcoming empowerment conference in Lagos on May 24, which will convene over 4,000 women and feature renowned advocates for social inclusion. She believes that the presence of such esteemed speakers will further amplify the call for gender balance in the country. The conference aims to inspire and transform the lives of Nigerian women, instilling confidence in their ability to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential. Additionally, the event will offer scholarships and business grants worth millions, providing tangible support to aspiring women.

Jane Kimemia, CEO of Optiva Capital Partners, underscores the significance of the conference in inspiring the younger generation and sharing stories of empowerment to liberate more women. Overall, SheCan Nigeria’s initiative underscores the transformative power of women’s empowerment in driving national development and fostering a more equitable society.

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