By Funmi Olasupo
Abuja—National Centre for Women Development, NCWD, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR have reached an agreement to fast track training of female Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs on vocational skills.
The training is a UNHCR’s global responsibility to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees worldwide and to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
Speaking at the flag-off of the Training in Abuja, the UNHCR representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs. Angele Dikongue-Atangana explained that UNHCR has a mandate for stateless people and is authorized by the UN General Assembly to engage in situations of internal displacement, for which it assumes, in an inter- agency context, global cluster leadership for protection and co-leadership for camp co-ordination/management and shelter.
“In this regard, UNHCR and the NCWD are signing today a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance their cooperation in Implementing livelihood interventions m disaster-affected areas/humanitarian situations in order to generate immediate employment (formal and informal) and help identify other livelihood options for affected households, in particular women and children.” she stated.
In her remarks, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan noted that there is a whole lot to do in order to restore the dignity of the IDPs.