Capacity Development for Promoting Gender Equality
The Ihonvbere Foundation has embarked on a project aimed at promoting capacity development and promoting gender equlality in the educational sector.
Through the provision of educational scholarships and financial aid amied at young women, widows and single mothers, the foundation hopes to enhance development and aid effectiveness. According to Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, “there has been growing recognition of the importance of integrating gender equality in national dvelopment planning and programming cycles. We want to push for greater recognition of the capacity needed by both governments and gender equality advocates to integrate gender equality objectives and priorities in national plans, and allocate sufficient resources to achieve them”.
In most of the developing economies, and particularly in Nigeria, few national development plans have strong gender equality elements. Although there have been national gender equality action plans, these have had little or no connection to national development strategies.