Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in Collaboration with UN Women is to support 18,000 households of vulnerable women and girls in 15 high burden COVID-19 states with cash palliative and hygiene products to cushion the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their livelihood.
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen who made this known in Abuja at the flag-off of the Risk Communication and Community Engagement project which was funded by the European Union, through the One UN Basket Fund for COVID-19 response in Nigeria.
She said the cash palliative value is projected at N30,000 per household to be disbursed in two trenches of N15,000 for two quarters.
The identification, selection and payment of beneficiaries would be made through a variable and accountable means.
The Minister further revealed that by April 2021, the project would have increased women’s awareness of sexual violence and COVID-19 pandemic, improve behavioural change, livelihoods, as well as preventive measures and participation in COVID-19 responses in the targeted states.
UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, represented by the UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Comfort Lamptey said the interventions would promote participation of grassroots women in preventing the spread of the disease.