The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has named Yemi Alade, award-winning Nigerian singer, as its ambassador.
On Wednesday, Achim Steiner in a blog post , UNDP’s administrator, said Alade will champion issues about the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 among women in developing countries.
The singer informs Steiner will campaign on behalf of Covid-19 green recovery as the world deals with the health impact of the novel disease.
“We can’t wait to hit the ground running with you, Yemi. stated Steiner. We look forward to hearing and sharing the issues that you are passionate about — including women’s empowerment and tackling inequality,” he said.
“We at UNDP will also be working to amplify your voice on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and the importance of a green and equitable recovery for all.
The ‘Mama Africa’ crooner said the opportunity would help her draw attention of the public to issues affecting vulnerable women in developing nations like Nigeria.
“Women are among the 4 billion people who are trying to survive COVID-19 without any form of social protection,” she expressed
The singer elaborates “I want to lend my voice to these women and other vulnerable people who make up half of the world that’s struggling to make ends meet. They don’t have the luxury of working from home and are putting their health at risk just to put food on the table” she symphatises.
“But as we address poverty and inequality in our COVID-19 recovery plans, we can’t put climate change on the back burner” Alade re-emphasises.