Tackling poverty through vocation training

The premises of the LTV 8 on Lateef Jakande Road, Aginidngbi was, on Tuesday, agog as the Lagos State Ministry Women and Poverty Alleviation held a graduation ceremony for 6,099 women and men trained in its Skill Acquisition Centres. Muritala Ayinla reports     At a time when the federal government was doing everything possible to enhance the standard of living through provision of stipends for traders and other various means, the Lagos State government is not only assisting with provision of employment trust fund but also helping through training…

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U.S. advocates investment in girl-child education, more female political participation

T he United States Consul General F. John Bray has called for increased investment in the education of the girl-child and greater political participation by women in Nigeria. Delivering the keynote address on the second day of the 17th Annual Conference of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), in Lagos, November 2, Consul General Bray encouraged women leaders to continue working to promote gender equality in Nigeria. He spoke on the topic “Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate” at the event attended by leading women from both the private…

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This must be God! Parents of triplets after 20 years of marriage

  It’s was moment of smile and tears of joy for the family of Pastor Promise Yohanna, Senior Pastor of Rivers of Life Church in Bauchi state when he dedicated his triplets after 20 years of marriage. Pastor Yohanna who is from Mubi South, Adamawa State expressed happiness that his wife Mrs. Freda at the age of 50 years old was still able to give birth to triplets after 10 miscarriages in the 20 years of their marriage. Mrs. Freda an indigene of Takum, Taraba State told New Telegraph at…

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Ethiopia’s history-making female president

It’s only a matter of time; it’s a wind that hopefully would soon blow round Africa. With the emergence of Sahle-Work Zewde, currently Africa’s only sitting female president, it is safe to conclude that the women are ready to take over the reins of power from the menfolk. With half of the cabinet posts reserved for women, it’s a confirmation that the power dynamics are shifting in Africa. The election of Zewde has been enthusiastically greeted in Ethiopia and beyond, raising hopes among advocates for gender equality in Ethiopia. The…

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In search of helping hands

There is hardship in the land. Yet, women appear to have the magic wand to deal with the situation. The men, however, seem to be cashing in, but timid in their approach. How is this playing out? Blessing Edet tells the story     Young men are now on the prowl for financially stable women to bear children for them. Unlike in the past when men didn’t mind about the status of the ladies, they are more concerned as the tide is swinging. Labour market used to be dominated by…

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Getting rid of the bitterness

  Accept the Facts A single parent has no other choice but to take the responsibility that comes along with their double-duty role, regardless of the circumstances that surrounded becoming a single parent (besides, you don’t have time to live in denial land). Taking responsibility in single parenting means: Getting rid of the bitterness you have for your circumstances and the blame you have for yourself or the other parent. Not allowing yourself to feel guilty for things that are out of your control but only for those things that…

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Celebrating the girl child

  Worldwide, girl children are precious beings cherished by their parents and by all. It is remains an acknowledged fact that the girl child is a powerful being who possesses unique virtues that makes her an icon of vitality and nature. She is indeed a channel through which the balance of human existence is built. Even though, in a typical African society where boys are more appreciated and given larger sense of worth, making her less appreciated , relegated, shoved aside and given second place where she is shoulder to…

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Seeking better welfare package for widows

  To make widows become self-sufficient and better equipped to take care of their families and in turn grow the economy, the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF) and other non- governmental organisations, (NGOs) have advocated for better welfare packages for them from both public and private institutions in Nigeria. Their position was made known at the special 10th anniversary lecture of the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation which was held in Lagos with the theme: ‘Widow’s Economic Empowerment through Gender Analysis Lens.’ Speaking at the foundation 10th anniversary, President of the…

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Moms who use egg donors lack confidence in parenting ability – Study

Mothers who give birth using donor eggs may react less sensitively to their babies and have a lower confidence in their parenting ability, a study says. Scientists at the University of Cambridge found “subtle yet meaningful differences” in the ways egg donor mothers interacted with their children, compared to mothers who had children using their own eggs. The team interviewed 85 families who conceived using egg donation and 65 families who had children through the mother’s own eggs. They also observed mothers playing with their children as they normally would.…

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Sensitizing them on illegal migration

  At 14, he already has a mind of his own, ambitious, determined and free. The Nigerian-Born, at an early stage of life, was already in Benin Republic, working and going to school. He was lucky to work for a kind-hearted woman who exposed him to many privileges, treated him like son of a king. This perhaps explains why the young teenager wanted freedom not minding to jeopardize his education mid way. Even when his boss refused to grant him the permission to go, he insisted on having his way,…

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