- Unilever Partners Kaduna to Empower Women
Unilever Nigeria Plc has entered into a strategic partnership with the Kaduna State Government to launch a campaign with the ultimate goal of enhancing livelihoods and helping people take action to improve their health and well-being.
A statement obtained from the firm said this was part of the firm’s efforts aimed at empowering women, and promoting healthy eating habits among women and teenage girls of reproductive age.
The firm said the partnership programmes, Knorr force for good and women’s empowerment Shakti, were announced at Government Girls Secondary School, Maimuna, Gwazo, Kaduna, and that the wife of the governor of Kaduna State, Mrs. Aisha El-Rufa’I, top government officials, dignitaries and top managers of Unilever were in attendance.
Unilever said in the statement, “Shakti is a women empowerment programme, which seeks to address unemployment and reduce poverty trends in the state by empowering women who have entrepreneurial drive but with no access to funds. Knorr force for good is a social mission initiative and a brainchild of Unilever’s popular seasoning brand, Knorr.”
It stated that the initiative was meant to create awareness and champion the fight against iron deficiency among women and their daughters while also using the opportunity to educate them on nutritious cooking through a behavioural change programme.
While speaking during the event, the governor’s wife expressed delight about the partnership and described it as timely and needful.
She said, “The women of Kaduna State are most elated that Unilever Nigeria Plc through its programmes places high importance on nutrition and women empowerment. This partnership will go a long way in addressing poor nutrition and improving the livelihood of women in Kaduna State.”
The Senior Vice President, Unilever Global, Savoury Sleight, explained that the partnership was one that the company’s values as it aligned with its vision of improving the lives of Nigerians.
“‘For us at Unilever, we believe that businesses must be part of the solution to social challenges, and this is why our business model focuses on tackling issues the world faces with our brands and operations,” he said.