The British Council says it has embarked on global Sustainable and Development Goals to bring about gender equality in Nigeria and other developing countries.
It stated that the SDGs looked into how the gender discrimination could be addressed by empowering women through education, sports, arts and justice.
The Press and Public Affairs Officer, British High Commission, Joe Abuku, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday to commemorate the International Women’s Day.
Abuku said a report titled, ‘Women and Girls – making a lasting difference’, detailed the council’s empowerment of women between 2010 and 2015, adding that there were renewed efforts to sustain the programme.
“Due to the level of priority placed on highlighting gender related issues, the British Council had commissioned a global report to highlight the work of the council in relation to the empowerment of women and girls between 2010 and 2015, generating recommendations on ways to improve on the existing offer through the identification of strengths, gaps and opportunities in this area.
“The report was commissioned covering eight countries. These are Nigeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Tunisia and Uganda. As the United Nations marked its 70th anniversary in 2015, Heads of State and High Representatives had decided on 17 global Sustainable and Development Goals. The 5th goal listed is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
“The British Council works through sport as a way of reaching and engaging young people, and uses it as an entry point and engagement tool to also address issues such as child protection, boys’ and girls’ rights, violence against women and promoting changes in gender norms by linking sports to education. So far in Nigeria, 300 female students between the ages of 12 and 16 years have participated in two football coaching sessions and one classroom-based session (on rights) per week over a nine-week period.
“Over 20 community coaches in Kano and Jos have been provided with skills in community football development and child protection advocacy through the Premier Skills programme. These teachers, acting as volunteers, have delivered the Premier Skills training,” the statement said.
It further stated that the goal sought to eliminate all forms of violence, including trafficking, sexual exploitation, early and forced marriage and domestic violence against women and girls.