Buhari promises 40 per cent board appointments for women
• UN agency urges end to early marriage
• PIND decries plight of women • ActionAid, CBAAC, UNILAG stress gender equality
• NAWOJ flays abduction, forced marriage • WFWI decries domestic violence
Apparently to right the breach of the 35 per cent affirmative action in his first sets of appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised women 40 per cent appointments into the recently dissolved federal boards and parastatals.
Buhari, who gave the assurance yesterday in his address at the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum to mark the 2016 International Women’s Day celebration in Abuja, reassured that, “women and girls are at the centre of my administration.”.
Represented by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Jummai Aisha Alhassan, the President stressed the need to revamp the National Gender Policy to make it more responsive to the priorities of Nigerian women and men so it could serve as a tool for achieving globally agreed frameworks.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) has charged the Federal Government to put in place strong institutions to implement enabling laws that protect young girls from early marriage.
Speaking in Abuja, UN WOMEN Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Dr. Grace Ongile, also called on Nigeria to end stigmatisation from HIV/AIDS.
In the spirit of the celebration, the Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) stressed on the need to advance the cause of women.
Its Programme Director, Sylvester Okoh, while speaking yesterday in Asaba, Delta State, said the World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Global Gender Gap Report 2015 estimated that it would take 227 years to achieve gender parity at the workplace and 117 years for companies and government to be equally led by women.
On their part, ActionAid Nigeria, Centre for Black and African Art and Civilisation (CBAAC), Wole Soyinka Centre of Investigative Journalism and UNILAG Women’s Society harped on gender equality for national development.
ActionAid’s Country Director, Ojobo Atuluku, while speaking in Abuja on this year’s theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” urged government never to underestimate this essential component in the drive towards developing the country.