The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (CentreLSD) has announced its readiness to hold a policy dialogue under the ‘Build Grant Project’ in Ekiti State, southwest Nigeria.
The focus of the project, Development Diaries understands, is on all forms and prevalences of gender-based violence (GBV) in the extractive sector.
Findings show that women in Nigeria face systemic discrimination in all phases of the extractive industry.
With grant from Ford Foundation, CentreLSD is implementing the project with a goal of eliminating all forms of GBV in the extractive sector in Africa’s most populous nation.
The grant is meant to look deeper into an extractive discussion, in terms of looking at it from the lens of gender, so that no one is left behind.
As part of the project, CentreLSD shall on 21 September, 2021, hold the one-day policy dialogue in Ekiti, according to a statement from the non-governmental organisation (NGO).
The meeting with relevant stakeholders in the extractive sector, host communities and government institutions is the second in the series under the project, with the first held in Ebonyi State, southeast Nigeria.
It is understood that the meeting in Ekiti State will serve dual purposes.
‘It will serve as a validation meeting for the research conducted in the state on the forms and prevalence of gender-based violence faced by women in the extractive sector as well as stimulate discussions with relevant stakeholders on possible solutions to address the challenges of gender-based violence in the extractive sector in the state, and in Nigeria’, the statement signed by the NGO’s Programme Coordinator, Victoria Udoh, read.
Speaking at a workshop, tagged ‘Ekiti State stakeholders’ Interface on Gender and Natural Resources Management’, in July, the CentreLSD Executive Director, Monday Osasah, said there was a need for more women to be actively involved in all layers of extractive industry.
Osasah noted that women’s active involvement in the sector would boost the economy and guarantee sustainable development.
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