Women say they want Government at all levels to comply with the 35% affirmative action for women in all spheres of governance by creating equal opportunities for the women to serve in political offices.
This was the submission of some noble women on the Plateau on the occasion of the United Nations International Women’s Day celebration.
According to the Chairperson,
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Nigeria) Plateau state branch, Barr. Mary Izam, government also has the pivotal roles in engaging women in entrepreneurship and creating space as well as making loans available for small scale business women especially widows to augment their hardship and protect them from being used as beasts of burdens by their oppressors.
While decrying that women’s rights are being violated in areas of education, freedom of association, political rights, rights to inheritance and economic empowerment, she noted that the rights are being violated in contravention of the provisions of the Nigeria Constitution.
“I also want to call on women to be more proactive in character and in all spheres of life in ensuring that we rise to the occasion of defending and protecting women’s rights globally through advocacy campaigns against all forms of gender violence with specific emphasis on sexual violence which is on a very high frequency as not less than 80% reports on rape cases are received by fida on daily basis”, Barr. Izam said.
Also speaking, the Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Plateau state, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima who congratulated especially rural women on the occasion, noted that the day is so important for the women to be celebrated globally and reflect on their position and roles as mother’s in the society.
She explained that though they are not in competition of rubbing shoulders with the men but if given the opportunity they can also do more in all spheres of life. She called on the women not to give up in the struggle but be committed in all they do.
On her part, the President of a socio cultural group, Ngas Women Association, Mrs. Godiya Gitgak’a said though the Governor of Plateau state has tried in carrying the women along but much is still expected.
“I am calling on my fellow women to rise to expectation in politics. Women always form the largest population of voters during elections. We should not only vote but should be voted for because we are equals” she said.
March 8 every year has been set aside by the United Nations as International Women’s Day with this year’s theme as “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, which seek to celebrate women who have contributed immensely in their endeavour and to advocate the right of the women folks.