Delta State Remains Committed to 35 Percent Affirmative For Women- Commissioner
Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development says, the state has attained the 35% Affirmative for women in political positions.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs Mrs. Flora Alantan, stated this in Asaba, while briefing journalists as part of events to mark the 2021 International Women’s Day with the theme: Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.
Mrs. Flora Alantan noted the occasion was aimed at highlighting the achievements and challenges facing the folk, stressing under the current administration many women have been given political appointments including the emergence of seventeen victorious women Vice Chairmen in the recent local government elections in the state.
The Commissioner further explained that different categories of women have also been empowered by the state government, such as increase in health care services for pregnant women, the empowerment of young girls with vocational skills and plans to assist widows living with HIV.
On COVID-19, the Commissioner said women experienced an increase in domestic and sexual violence during the pandemic, noting efforts were on to prosecute offenders and rehabilitate victims in the cases reported to the ministry.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Mrs. Kevwe Agas, observed women have achieved equal opportunities in the state despite the challenges facing the group, thus the celebration to project the issues and identify how best to improve the welfare of women.