Stakeholders task Nigerian authorities to enforce protection of women rights
By Mohammad Ibrahim
March 9, Lagos: Development Communications Network which promotes Excellence in Science and Public Health Journalism based Lagos state South West Nigeria on the occasion of International women's day yesterday, called on the Nigerian government at all levels to ensure implementation and stimulate devotion to gender equality and women’s rights issues.
According to the group, The theme for 2016 International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.The group said the theme underscores the urgent need to accelerate substantial actions towards a more equitable world and build momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all) and Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls).
The SDGs recognize the need for gender equality and the empowerment of women, girls and to address key challenges such as poverty and violence against women.
"To achieve this, nations and communities must end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls including trafficking, sexual and other types of exploitation,"
A legal practitioner and civil rights activist Ayo Adebusoye said the lingering backdrop of 219 female students kidnapped without a trace almost two years ago from their hostel at the Chibok Girls Government Secondary School in Borno State show that the country must move urgently from empty rhetoric to concrete, specific, steps to halt this escalating abuse, mistreatment and oppression of women
International Women's Day I(WD) is celebrated on March 8 annually in many countries around the world as a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
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