(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Women and girls in 16 states across the six geo-political zones and the FCT are lucky beneficiaries of COVID-19 palliatives worth a $100,000 courtesy of the United Nations (UN) and the Federal Government of Nigeria, as the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with UN Women commenced distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable at a launch held in Ushafa Village, Bwari Area Council of the FCT.
The palliatives which are targeted only at vulnerable women and girls in the benefiting states are meant to reach at 3,060 households, with Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno, Taraba, Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos States and FCT, being the states to benefit from the first phase of the distribution.
Through the palliative distribution spearheaded by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and state Ministries of Women’s Affairs, at least 3,060 households across 16 states and the FCT are targeted to receive the relief materials such as food and hygienic materials to mitigate the immediate effects of COVID-19 and increase the dignity and well-being of women and girls.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the distribution would be implemented by the ministry of women affairs in collaboration with UN Women, state Ministries of Women Affairs and selected women civil society organisations in each beneficiary state.
The intervention is aimed at providing relief assistance, contribute to strengthening resilience and the coping capacity of some of the most affected households, including vulnerable female-headed households, poor women with disabilities, and those affected by conflict situations in parts of the country