NFC partners UN on gender equity

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In Nigeria
Aug 22nd, 2014
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IN a bid to expand mutual understanding, develop joint projects and promote the advancement of the rights and opportunities of women using the film medium, the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-WOMEN).

At the MoU signing ceremony, which held at the National Film Institute, Jos on Tuesday, August 19, Dr. Danjuma Dadu, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, said the partnership and collaboration between the UN-Women and his Agency would not have come at a more auspicious time than now, considering the plight of women and children as a result of the insurgency in some parts of the country. Dadu described the MoU signing as a historic engagement for the NFC and pledged the full commitment of the Corporation in actualising the letter and spirit of the MOU.

According to him, the NFC is also committed to using the film medium as a veritable tool to expose negative anti-development practices against women, promotion of peace, unity and gender equality.

The Country Director of United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Woman, Dr. Grace Ongile, spoke on the various challenges faced by women in modern day and expressed satisfaction on the ability, capacity and willingness of the two agencies to address issues of the vulnerable women in Nigeria.

Ongile further added that the film medium in Nigeria had grown over the years to become a veritable tool for entertainment, information dissemination and more importantly for opinion building and perception changer.

Among the dignatories at the event were top officials of the UN-Women Country Office Abuja, Special Consultant on Media for the UN-Women, Mrs. Moji Makonjiola, top government functionaries from Plateau State government led by the Commissioners of Information and her Women Development counterpart, Barrister (Mrs.) Olivia Dazang and Mrs. Sarah Yusuf, among others.

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