From Gambo Ahmed Lafia
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has trained 37 Gender Desk Officers of the Scheme on improved ways of discouraging gender discrimination and advocating equality in their respective places.
The one- day 2018 NYSC Gender Mainstreaming workshop was declared opened by Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, Director General of NYSC in Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa state on yesterday.
Presenting his speech, Kazaure represented by the NYSC Head of Reforms Unit, Mrs Adetokunbo Idowu said the essence of the workshop is to empower and expose NYSC gender desk officers on gender matters with the anticipation that their contributions will help to drastically reduce discrimination among men and women while advocate equality for all.
His words, “The need for empowering NYSC gender desk officers on the mandate for women empowerment and gender equality cannot be under estimated hence this training. This roadmap will create a good ambient for women participation in national development which is one of the objectives of the NYSC.”
Kazaure added that a society devoid of gender discrimination will lay strong and healthy foundations for the country’s sustainable growth and development hence the need for the desk officers to step down what they learnt at the workshop in their various states especially to the corps members during orientation exercise.
He continued, “Dear participants, this workshop gives you the opportunity to keep abreast with policies, tools and steps for gender mainstreaming which will enable you evolve ways of sensitizing Corp members in orientation camps and during service year. I have no doubt you will be enlightened on how best to achieve these.”