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Commissioner Vows to Enhance Lives of Kano Women
Ministry to establish 44 girls' schools
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-04-01 04:49 (KST)   
This article is only lightly edited.  <Editor's Note>
The Kano state commissioner of women's affairs has promised to enhance the lives of the women in the state, especially the less privileged.

The commissioner made this assertion on Monday, in Kano, the state capital, during a gathering of women organized by her ministry in order to celebrate International Women's Day, which was not observed in Kano state on March 8 as set aside by the United Nations.

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The commissioner said, "Gender equality and women empowerment is the theme of this year's International Women's Day, and thus we would ensure that this is maintained based on the teaching of our religion and the culture of Kano people.

"The reason for such a gathering is to enquire [of] women about their state of living, so we would know where they succeeded in life, their failures and problems, so we can assist them within our capacity."

The commissioner further noted that the Kano state government under Gov. Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has already put in place modalities toward enhancing the lives of women in the state.

"Our government under my Ministry of Women's Affairs will assist women, especially the young student, in our efforts to educate and empower women, so they will move hand in hand with their male counterparts. Additionally, we will establish 44 girls' junior secondary schools in all the 44 local governments in Kano state," she added.

While commenting on the Shekarau government's efforts toward ensuring gender equality among the Kano people, she said, "Before our government came into power in 2003, there were only four women directors in various Kano state ministries, but now they have reached to 17."

One of their great priorities according to the commissioner is helping the mothers of orphanage children in all nooks and crannies of Kano state.

On this note, the women's affairs commissioner urged Kano women to put hands on deck in order to assist the Kano governor's efforts in enhancing their lives.

The gathering also received Islamic Scholars, such as Malam Ibrahim Khalil, who lectured on gender equality in Islamic perspectives, while Alhaji Musa Sulaiman seconded him with a lecture titled "Promoting the Economic Interest of Women Through Co-Operative Societies."

Others who attended the gathering included women's development associations, wives of Kano state local government chairmen, women politicians, ex Kano state commissioners of women's affairs, and many others.
©2008 OhmyNews
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