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International women’s day: women affairs minister demand gender equality

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Maureen Okpe

In commemoration of the international women’s day (IWD) to recognize the roles women play in the contribution of their quota to nations building, the minister of women affairs Dame Pauline Tallen has called for gender equality for the development of the country.

The theme for this year ‘i am gender equality: realising women’s right and social justice’ is focused on guiding women in championing a course aimed at challenging bias and gender parity.

Tallen, while speaking on the theme at the occasion of the national symposium Abuja, said “2020 Is a year to call to action women and the girl Child in Nigeria” noting that urgent steps need to be taken to mitigate the effect of unsustainable patterns of development which continue to reinforce gender inequality.

“As women and girls are often disproportionately affected by political, economical,social and environmental stress.

She further reiterated that our goals of equity, equality and development can only be achieved effectively through supportive institutional collaboration and reforms from state and non state actors.

According to her ” we will be able to greatly reduce gender gap with inclusive participation, innovation and partnership with stakeholders in breaking into new frontiers.”

The chief of staff Deputy Senate President Dr. Otive Ogbu Igbuzor explained that in Africa the participation of women in governance was estimated at 21.1% with Nigeria having only 6%of Women Participation which according to him does not tell well on the country termed to be giant of Africa.

He said “statistics have shown that the more women empowerment and gender equality the better the quality of life in the society.

Stating also that the time is here and now for women to fight to change the narrative of patriachal being practiced in religion, tradition and social sphere.

In the same vein, the UN resident coordinator Mr Edward Kallon has also reiterated the need to accord women space in governance adding that partriachy does not only victimise women.

“If women can be giving the mandate to lead for sometime there is nothing wrong in that as men have been leading for a long time.

“Though the challenges are enormous and men are also victim of partriachy but women will prevail and if women do not prevail there will be problem in the society.

He further pledged 30%of the peace keeping fund to go into running the affairs of women as regard development acceleration.

Earlier, the Director General National Council for Women Development (NCWD) Barr. Mary Ekpere- Eta explained that it is no longer news as women now venture into skills that formerly use to be described as male inclined, stating that women now partake in supposed hard jobs and do perform so well as women are none to be creative, multifunctional and perfect in what they do.

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