Over 30 representatives of women Civil Society Organisation (CSO) and Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) from the North Central geopolitical zone convened in a one day consultative meeting on the implementation of the Beijing Platform For Action 25 years After (BPFA +25)
The conference held in Abuja,with theme ‘Realising women’s right for an equal future within North Central roadmao for accelerated action’ was aimed at galvanising the views of participants on the 12 important concerns of BPFA, with emphasise on what worked,failed and what could be done to improve the impact.
The convener Ms Nkiru Celine Okoro while presenting the shadow report stated that the coming year is significant as it marks 25 years globally of the declaration and adoption by 189 world countries at Beijing 1995.
Okoro stated that “it also marks 5 years of the adoption of the global development goals popularly known as Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and commemorates 20 years of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 19 years of UN Women and 75 years of the United Nations.
“The United Nations which is the Global body for the promotion of global peace and security, development and human rights, require NGOs, especially those with its consultative status to prepare their own parallel/alternative national or state report aimed at documenting progress made at BPFA’s State and community level implementation.
“It is also to strengthen the feminists and women’s movement’s collective influence on government, the private sector and development partners in the drive for a fairer and more equitable society,” she said.
Okoro reiterated that the report will bring to light issues on women’s right , peace and security as well as development in the grassroot and state level that may have been ignored.
She went further to state that in all developmental indicators ‘Nigeria is not doing well,’ adding, only 7 states in the country have domesticated the violence against persons act.
She said “Nigeria has no legal framework for protection of the rights of persons, including women and human rights except a clause in it’s constitution that talks about human rights.”
Earlier, Women International League for Peace and Freedom, (WILPF) Nigerian national president, Olivia Oseji in her welcome address said the conference will bring to light the undocumented efforts of women.
According to her “at the end of the conference we hope to come out with important ideas and roadmap that will chart the way forward for a woman agenda.”
Participants at the event gave summary on programmes implemented in line with the 12 focus area of the BPFA with a work group activity centered on topics of poverty, unequal access to education and health, violence against women,armed conflict, amongst others, while brainstorming on priority, achievement and challenges across the 12 critical areas of concern of the BPFA.