Enugu State Executive Council has voted to incorporate and implement a gender policy in all public establishments and offices in the state, with technical support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Enugu and Kaduna States were selected by DFID for the replication of the approach which the Federal Government implemented in 2013 as the Girls & Women in Nigeria Initiative (GWIN).
The Project aims to improve the lives of the disadvantaged by integrating their needs into official budgetary processes.It specifically targets the needs of girls and women in the state
“For Enugu State, the replication has been named ENGAGE, the Enabling Growth and Access for Girls and Women (ENGAGE) Project,” State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, explained in a memo to the State Executive Council.
She later explained to newsmen that every ministry and agency of government will henceforth have a Gender Desk that will analyze activities and projects in terms of how they reflect gender sensitivity in their composition or distribution.
“The ministries and agencies are not expected to look for new projects to implement but will be looking at existing projects in the budget and redesign and refocus them to ensure they deliver more for poor girls, women, men, and boys,” Hon. Nnaji said.