“No Woman Left Out Initiative, Africa” is aimed at effectively facilitating women’s increased and meaningful participation in Cooperatives that will ensure at least 50% of Women across the Country are well integrated into the Co-operative Movement by the year 2022.
The programme is to raise women’s active involvement in Co-operatives through a well coordinated National level Strategy. “Participation” is one of the Co-operative sectors most valuable assets and one of the five pillars of the ICA Blueprint, 2020 Agenda hence this initiative is considered a legitimate goal of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) 2020 vision. The programme is consistent with the theme of this year’s (2017) International day of Cooperatives which is Inclusion. Co-operatives Ensure No One is Left Behind.
As an objective measure of our success, our national ambition is that by 2022 …”every woman, in every village, in every Ward, in every Local Government Area Country joins Co-operatives as a form of social Protection”. This will enable Women the opportunity to join a Co-operative.
The programme which is professionally rolled out is envisioned as the largest economic and social movement for Women in Nigeria. The current recession experienced in the Country which has left as vestiges, significant economic pressure on Women has elicited this landmark programme and it will be profoundly useful to complement the on-going Economic Recovery & Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government. The programme will benefit all Nigerian Women including the most vulnerable and people of the simplest means who are building their lives through cooperation.
According to the United Nations, One-third of the livelihood of the World’s population is made secured by Co-operatives. As a model in Africa to raise Women’s participation in Co-operatives, It will contribute concretely towards achieving towards target 4.6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Co-operative model can provide women with a more dignified way out of poverty, often away from violence and abuse.