NIGERIA: In observance of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), Governor of Niger State and Chairman of the North Central Governors Forum, Abubakar Sani Bello, laments the Nigeria National Assembly’s unwillingness to assent to the gender equality law.
If completely ratified, the measure will protect women’s fundamental rights to equal opportunity in political appointments and election offices. It also included are employment and the ability to inherit, among other things.
Bello, who made the statement in Minna, Niger State’s capital, to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, added that for any society to thrive, women must be given priority and adequate attention in terms of power, decision-making, and leadership roles in all spheres of life for the country’s democracy to be properly practiced.
However, Bello said that in order for society to be free of abuse and denial of women’s fundamental human rights, men must assist them by working together to avoid an uneven gender future.
For Nigeria to progress economically, there is an urgent need for the Nigerian political system to promote women to participate in national decision-making.
“As such the women will reshape and prepare for future challenges,” Bello said.
Speaking on the topic of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow,” Bello urged all stakeholders to do all possible to promote women’s growth, stating that “the rising of women is not in any way tied to the collapse of men.”
Bello, on the other hand, charged women with being devoted in all their interactions and taking brave steps wherever they find themselves in order to achieve their goals.
International Women’s Day is a global day set aside all over the world to honour women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, as well as to ramp up the global struggle against stereotypes and other forms of violence against women.