Netherlands unveils Voice Nigeria Project to support marginalised groups

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has unveiled Voice Nigeria Project designed to provide special support to the most marginalised and discriminated groups in the country.

The platform is aimed at exerting influence in accessing productive and social services by such marginalised groups.

Marinke Riet, the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria, made this known at the National Launch of the Voice Project Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said the Dutch Ministry of Foreign and Trade Development Cooperation launched the new programme called Voice.

According to him, the Dutch foreign ministry noted that too many groups still experience discrimination and violence worldwide.

“With all the international programmes and projects for support of civil society, we still experience difficulties in reaching out to the groups that are marginalised and discriminated against.

“Voice programme seeks to rectify that situation by helping the unheard to be heard and the invisible to be seen,” he said.

Mr. Riet said the voice programme is implemented on two continents and in 10 countries, focusing on five groups such as the people with disabilities and women facing exploitation abuse or violence.

He added that others are the lesbians, gay transgender queer, and intersex and sexual minority groups; the vulnerable groups facing age discrimination; and indigenous people and ethnic minorities.

The envoy said the support enables civil society organisations to mobilise and strengthen the voice of citizens and defend their interests.

He added that it also encourage organisations to voice dissenting views and to hold government and private sector to account.

“The idea is that in this way, civil society organisations contribute to the overall goal of the policy framework, which is sustainable and inclusive growth development and reduction of poverty and inequality,’’ he said.

Jan Rogge, the Country Director, Oxfam Nigeria, said the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs has designed a special fund to strengthen the capacity for lobby and advocacy of CSOs in low and middle income countries.

He said the special fund was to enable participation of the most marginalised and discriminated groups in mainstream development processes.

Mr. Rogge said Oxfam in consortium with Hivos, another Dutch NGO, are the executors of the project in Nigeria.

He said the focus of Voice in Nigeria will be women facing extreme exploitation, abuse and violence and persons with disability, while recognising the global standard value of leaving no one behind.

Evelyn Mere, Associate Country Director, Oxfam Nigeria, said there was an innovative grant facility that supports the most marginalised and discriminated people in Nigeria and some project countries.

She disclosed that about 35 million Euros have been earmarked for the project in various countries, adding that the proposal submitted by countries may determine what each country will get from the grants.

(NAN)


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  • Emeka

    This is an insult! I hope I didn’t understand properly what this means, because if it’s what I thought it is, and such establishment is allowed to see the light of day in Nigeria, then the law against homosexualism is rubbished. These children of lucifer are bent on destroying this nation morally like theirs, and by the special grace of God, their plans would not see the light of day

    • Abdullah Musa

      Emeka!
      You have voiced my thoughts.
      It is unfortunate that those in power are sheepish to the evil designs of white men and women.

      • Emeka

        Please dear, just start calling everybody you know to be at alert to preventing these evil people from coming in through the back door. We must shout now and let them know we know their evil plans. There’s no other target in this evil venture other than legalizing gay marriage, and they cleverly attached others as cover up. We must not allow this evil to triumph. A good leader would stand his grounds in such challenges. The news has it that the abortion rate in the US has reduced to the lowest level, why? Because Donald trump is an unrepentant pro-life president, so the evil of abortion got the signal or sign, “if you like,” that such evil act won’t be tolerated under his regime. Ask yourself a simply question, why is it that they don’t go to places like Saudi Arabia or china to introduce such nonsense?

        They felt they could navigate through in Nigeria, but I tell you, the hottest thunder must strike them either spiritually or physically and bring them to shame. My heart is boiling. What we want from them is the return of our stolen national wealth by the past and present public office holders, and not the introduction of evil lifestyle. I’m deeply vexed.

        • Abdullah Musa

          Every sane person will be in grief.
          Let’s see if APC is a party with gay rights as it’s campaign promise.

          • EJUWA JOHN

            Am happy everyone in d group is against it, thumbs up pals.

          • Abdullah Musa

            We shall triumph with God on our side.

    • EJUWA JOHN

      My broda I read it too, we can never allow such a law to raise its ugly head in Nigeria, gayism and lesbianism must nt b practiced in anywhere near us, I hate it with passion, infact am going to organise a peaceful protest to d Netherlands embassy telin dem dat oda voices could be listen to or raised, nt homosexuality and lesbianism.