President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the mainstreaming of the Women Economic Empowerment Policy, following a memo from the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, disclosed the information on Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She explained to reporters covering the presidency that the policy would guard the interests of women in economic decision making programmes.
According to the Minister, women constitute over 50% of the nation’s population, hence, they are the surest way to national development.
” If 50% of the population is neglected, it means the country cannot develop optimally, it’s like a country walking with one leg,” she stated in her remarks.
Her words, “The Federal Executive Council has approved the WEE Policy. The WEE Policy is Women Economic Empowerment. It is a policy dialogue that we’ve been working on for over a year.
“We’ve traversed the country, to the 36 states, having dialogues with the private sector, rural dwellers, to find the best way to empower women and get them into the mainstream of nation building.
“This has been a dream we’ve been pursuing, and finally, Mr. President gave the stamp. It is a legacy that Mr President is leaving behind by approving this Women Economic Empowerment to help get women into the mainstream of financial plans to ensure that women are carried along in nation building.”